Regardless of the circumstance that surrounds, a meeting of the European elite will always whet the appetite of any football fan.
That's certainly been the case since Liverpool were drawn against Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals; two clubs with 19 European Cup triumphs between them.
Whilst the clubs, badges and history remain the same, nobody can deny the peripheries have been entirely different over the two legs.
Played in empty stadiums, without the usual furor that accompanies an important Champions League night - both sides have also suffered badly with injury absentees that would've undoubtedly enhanced the spectacle yet further.
The multiple losses to Jurgen Klopp's squad have been well-documented and in many ways, the German manager has had time to rectify the ailments.
Zinedine Zidane meanwhile has recently lost a host of key players, particularly in the defensive department.
How Do They Compare
Virgil van Dijk's absence is easily comparable to the impact the loss of Sergio Ramos may have at the heart of Real's defence. Whilst few could argue the two are on a par in terms of recent performance, both are leaders among men who raise those around them onto a new level.
Both sides will also be without their formative centre-back partners as Rafael Varane remains sidelined due to a positive coronavirus result, whilst the Reds will be without Joe Gomez for the entirety of the campaign. Two high-quality operators, neither side holds sway over the other in terms of the impact.
Los Blancos suffered a further injury setback this week when Lucas Vazquez was ruled out for the trip and the remainder of the season thereafter. The Spaniard had been covering for right-back Dani Carvajal - who also remains absent for the Anfield clash.
Add to that duo the continued absence of former Chelsea superstar Eden Hazard, Zidane arrives on Merseyside with a threadbare squad, albeit still brimming with quality.
Arguably Liverpool's biggest loss remains Jordan Henderson. Despite being ridiculed by many during his early career, the 30-year-old has transformed himself into a must-have facet in the Reds midfield and the difference in the performance without their inspirational captain is often stark.
All told both sides find themselves hamstrung by damaging injury problems, but given the timeframes, Liverpool are perhaps the more settled outfit.