Liverpool's players are slowly returning to Merseyside after international break with their respective countries. When they return, they have two big matches to look forward to--Arsenal and Real Madrid Away.
When they Reds travel to Madrid to face the Spanish giants, Zinedine Zidane will be without his captain Sergio Ramos. The Real Madrid captain has been ruled out for roughly one month with a muscle injury in his left leg and the club confirmed the news this morning.
Not only will Sergio Ramos miss the first leg of the UEFA Champions League quarter final matchup with Liverpool, but he will also miss El Clasico AND the second leg against Liverpool at Anfield later this month.
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Liverpool's Mohamed Salah was recently asked if he has extra motivation to play against Sergio Ramos after what happened in the Champions League finals in Kiev.
"That game is in the past, so I don't think about it. I'm thinking about the team. Everyone is focused on their team and everyone wants to win."
The two most likely replacements for the injured Sergio Ramos are Nacho and the previously Liverpool linked Eder Militao. Although Ramos has not been in top form lately, he will be sorely missed. Much like Jordan Henderson for Liverpool, Ramos is the heart and soul of Real Madrid and his absence will be a disadvantage for Los Blancos.