The English powerhouse Liverpool has a monumental match against Real Madrid tonight in the UEFA Champions League, where they hope to make history. Liverpool were heavily thrashed by Real Madrid in the 1st leg at Anfield, conceding five goals. Tonight, the All Reds will play the second leg against Real Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu, the home of the Los Blancos. Liverpool must win this game with a minimum of four goals margin to qualify for the quarterfinals.
Stats & Facts
Real Madrid’s records against Liverpool are very strong. The Los Blancos won six of their last seven meeting with Liverpool in the Champions League.
However, Real Madrid played four games after winning the first leg against Liverpool at Anfield. But they won only one of these four matches and lost one. Besides, Liverpool made a good response after the defeat. They defeated Manchester United, scoring seven goals.
Karim Benzema missed the match for Real Madrid against Espanyol due to an ankle injury. But he has returned to the squad and is ready to lead the attack tonight for the Los Blancos. Moreover, Ferland Mendy is also back in the squad.
As for Liverpool, they still have injury problems in their squad. Luis Diaz, Thiago Alcantara, and Kalvin Ramsey are out of the team due to injuries. In addition, Jordan Henderson and Stefan Bajcetic are also unavailable.
The Possible Lineup for Real Madrid:
Courtois; Carvajal, Militao, Rudiger, Nacho; Modric, Tchouameni, Kroos; Valverde, Benzema, Vinicius Jr
The Possible Lineup for Liverpool:
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Keita; Salah, Jota, Nunez; Gakpo
It is possible to beat Real Madrid- Klopp
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp knows that beating Real Madrid is tough but not impossible. Klopp said, “I am happy to be here and what I said after the game on the night, three weeks ago, Madrid with the result are through to the next round. But now we are three weeks later and know there is a game to play – and if there is only a one per cent chance, I would like to give it a try. We are here to play an extremely strong opponent and try to win the game tomorrow. As difficult as it is, it’s probably possible – not likely, but possible and for that we are here.”
Our Prediction: Real Madrid 2-2 Liverpool
As the home team, Real Madrid will get tremendous support from the fans. But after beating Man United by a 7-0 margin, Liverpool are pretty confident to play attacking football.
Real Madrid: 2.25