Liverpool vs Real Madrid: Champions League Match Preview

Match Preview for Liverpool's second leg Champions League clash with Real Madrid.
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Liverpool host Real Madrid for their second leg of the Champions League quarter final, with The Reds down 3-1 on aggregate.

Jurgen Klopp's side bounced back from the loss and beat Aston Villa 2-1 at the weekend, but his team will need to win by at least two goals in order to face Chelsea in the semi-finals.

Two goals from Vinicius Junior and another from Marco Asensio helped Zinedine Zidane's team to a comfortable first-leg win, however Mohammed Salah scored an important away goal for The Reds. 

Liverpool have pulled off European comebacks before, with Klopp's side previously beating Borussia Dortmund in 2016 at Anfield, despite being 4-2 down on aggregate with 24 minutes remaining.  

The club's most recent, and arguably the greatest comeback in the Champions League, occurred nearly two years ago where Liverpool beat Barcelona 4-0 at Anfield, overcoming a 3-0 first leg loss in Spain. 

4/10/2021 - Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp inspects the pitch before the Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool. Picture date: Saturday April 10, 2021. (Photo by PA Images/Sipa USA)

4/10/2021 - Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp inspects the pitch before the Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool. Picture date: Saturday April 10, 2021. (Photo by PA Images/Sipa USA)

Even though Liverpool won't have the famous Anfield atmosphere to help them achieve their comeback, Klopp has made it clear the team "will create our own atmosphere again."


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Liverpool Team News

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson is expected to miss out on this important fixture with an abductor injury, but is likely to return soon after. 

Long-term absentees Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip continue their rehabilitation. 

Champions League hero Divock Origi, who scored two goals against Barcelona in 2019, will miss the match with a muscle injury. 

Real Madrid Team News

After announcing their 21 man squad for the fixture, the leg leaders will miss Lucas Vasquez who picked up a knock in the 2-1 win over Barcelona at the weekend.

Raphael Varane remains out after testing positive for covid-19 and Sergio Ramos has also tested positive for covid-19 while being previously ruled out with a muscle injury.

Dani Carvajal hasn't returned to full fitness in time for the fixture tonight, and former Chelsea winger Eden Hazard is still recovering from a groin injury. 


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Liverpool v Real Madrid Summary

Liverpool have it all to play for with at least two goals needed to progress to the semi finals but must perform better than their first clash with Madrid.

An early goal would turn the game on it's head, however Liverpool cannot expect the Spanish side to roll over at Anfield with no fans present to make the experience uncomfortable for them.

It may seem a weakened Madrid team on paper, but in the Champions League, they've won 15 of their 16 previous knockout ties when winning the first leg by two or more goals. 

Furthermore, in 13 previous knockout ties in European competition where they have lost the first leg by two or more goals, Liverpool have progressed twice.