Liverpool will be up against 13 times UEFA champions league winners Real Madrid tonight. Jurgen Klopp’s men last faced Zinedine Zidane and company in the final of the 2017 final at Kiev. Real Madrid came out 3-1 winners on that occasion.
Lorius Karius commited two mistakes and Gareth Bale’s stunning goal ensured the title for the Spanish side. Liverpool won the 2019 edition but were eliminated by Atletico Madrid last year.
Liverpool vs Real Madrid: Team news
Real Madrid will be missing the likes of club captain Sergio Ramos after the defender suffered an injury. They will also be missing out on right back Dani Carvajal as well.
Moreover French international Raphael Varane will also be out of the tie as the defender has tested positive for covid 19. This puts Zinedine Zidane under immense pressure as his defensive options are very limited.
Liverpool fans will be feeling fairly confident as Jurgen Klopp has won all four of his previous quarter finals with the Reds with the two against Manchester City and then against FC Porto in 2019/20.
Liverpool vs Real Madrid: Line-ups
Liverpool are going with Diego Jota, Mohammed Salah and Sadio Mane up front along with Fabinho, Naby Keita and Gini Wjinaldum in the midfield.
Liverpool line up
- Ozan Kabak
- Trent Alexander Arnold
- Andy Robertson
- Nathaniel Philips
- Naby Keita
- Gini Wjinaldum
- Mohammed Salah
- Sadio Mane
- Diego Jota
Karim Benzema will be leading the line for Real Madrid tonight with Eder Militao and Nacho at the heart of the defence. Both central defender will have huge responsibilities.
Real Madrid line up
- Thibaut Courtois
- Eder Militao
- Lucas Vasquez
- Ferland Mendy
- Luka Modric
- Toni Kroos
- Vinicius junior
- Karim Benzema
Predictions for Liverpool vs Real Madrid
Given that Real Madrid are missing two key figures in defence and Liverpool have Diego Jota in form we are predicting a win for Liverpool in the first leg.
Full time – LIVERPOOL 2- 1 REAL MADRID