Now the Predicted Lineups in the Reds and Real Madrid When Liverpool hosts Real Madrid for the quarter-final second leg at Anfield on Wednesday, a spot in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals will be on the line.
The UEFA Champions League’s Last Eight stage is due to come to an end this week, with the final two second-leg matches taking place on Wednesday. The highlight of the day is the match between Liverpool and Real Madrid, which will take place at Anfield this week.
Liverpool advanced to the quarter-finals by defeating RB Leipzig in the Round of 16 after topping their division, which included Atalanta, Ajax, and Midtjylland. Real Madrid, like Liverpool, won their group, but it was far closer than the Reds’. In the last 16, Los Blancos defeated Atalanta 4-1 on aggregate to set up a quarter-final meeting with the Premier League champions.
However, Liverpool’s recent results have been mixed, especially at home, with Jurgen Klopp’s side winning just two of the nine games played at Anfield since the turn of the year. Surprisingly, the Reds’ stronghold, Anfield, has now been identified as a major vulnerability, with the Reds having lost six consecutive Premier League home games prior to their 2-1 victory over Aston Villa this past weekend.
Now the Predicted Lineups in the Reds and Real Madrid Real Madrid, on the other hand, has been in excellent form for some time, with their most recent loss in any competition occurring in January. Since then, the Merengues have gone 13 games without losing, winning 11 of them, including a vital 2-1 victory over Barcelona this past Saturday, which has opened up the championship chase in La Liga.
Real Madrid cruised to a 3-1 victory over Liverpool in the first leg, which was played at Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano last week. The Hard Tackle examines the matchup ahead of the most recent meeting between the two teams.
Liverpool’s News and Tactics
Jurgen Klopp has no new injury problems to contend with as he prepares for Real Madrid’s visit for the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg match. On Wednesday, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will be without the services of up to six first-team players.
Long-term absentees for the Reds: Virgil van Dijk (knee), Joel Matip (ankle), Joe Gomez (knee), and captain Jordan Henderson (groyne), while Caoimhin Kelleher and Divock Origi are also out with minor injuries. As Alisson Becker settles into goal, Kelleher’s absence isn’t a major concern.
Liverpool should line up in their normal 4-3-3 formation in front of the Brazilian, with the defensive line remaining unchanged. The central defensive pairing of Ozan Kabak and Nathaniel Phillips will return, while Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson will be the full-backs.
Georginio Wijnaldum has struggled in midfield for the past two weeks, and the Dutchman will be hoping to improve this week. In the centre of the ground, Wijnaldum would most likely be joined by Thiago Alcantara and Fabinho, with the former Real Madrid midfielder remaining at the base of the three-man squad.
Finally, in attack, the option of Mohamed Salah’s partner would be crucial. In recent weeks, Klopp has opted to rotate the likes of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, and Diogo Jota, and Jota may be the one to miss out in the final third against Real Madrid.
Predicted Lineup (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Phillips, Kabak, Robertson; Thiago, Fabinho, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane
Zinedine Zidane, like his Liverpool counterpart, has a slew of urgent team problems to address ahead of the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg clash. Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho will be missing up to five first-team players on Wednesday.
Lucas Vazquez, who suffered a season-ending knee injury against Barcelona, is the new Real Madrid player to be missing. The Spaniard has joined the list of players who have tested positive for COVID-19, including Dani Carvajal, Raphael Varane, Eden Hazard, and Sergio Ramos.
Now the Predicted Lineups in the Reds and Real Madrid Carvajal and Hazard have returned to fitness, but they have not been considered fit enough to fly with the team to Liverpool. Due to Carvajal’s prolonged absence, as well as that of Vazquez, Alvaro Odriozola will have a special opportunity to shine on the right side of the Real Madrid defence.
Nacho will be joined in the Los Blancos backline by Eder Militao, and the pair will be hoping to impress for yet another game. Ferland Mendy will complete the defensive line, while Thibaut Courtois is Real Madrid’s undisputed first-choice goalkeeper.
Federico Valverde failing to recover from a foot injury, Zidane is expected to return to the three-man midfield unit he used last week, with Casemiro, Luka Modric, and Toni Kroos comprising the three-man unit in the middle of the park. Finally, Marco Asensio, Karim Benzema, and Vinicius Jr. are expected to form an attacking trio against Liverpool.
Predicted Lineup (4-3-3): Courtois; Odriozola, Nacho, Militao, Mendy; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Asensio, Benzema, Vinicius Jr.
Figures of Interest
Liverpool have lost two of their last four encounters with Real Madrid in European competition after winning their first three. In reality, five of Liverpool’s 11 Champions League home defeats have come to Spanish teams, and Real Madrid could become just the second team, after Barcelona, to win away against the Reds twice in the tournament.
Liverpool has only advanced twice in 13 previous knockout ties in European competition since losing the first leg by two or more goals. The most recent case was when they won the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League after coming back from a 0-3 first-leg deficit against Barcelona.
Real Madrid has won 15 of their previous 16 knockout ties in the Champions League when winning the first leg by two or more goals, with the exception of the 2003/04 quarter-final against AS Monaco (4-2 first leg, 1-3 second leg).
Since a goalless draw with Manchester City in the 2015/16 semi-final, Real Madrid has scored in each of their last 23 Champions League knockout stage matches (50 goals).
Mohamed Salah has played in each of his last four Champions League appearances; only Steven Gerrard, who did so in 2007/08, is the only Liverpool player to score in five successive European Cup/Champions League games.
Mohamed Salah is a player to keep an eye on.
This segment has a lot of potential applicants. After all, in such a star-studded affair, there can’t really be just one player worth seeing. Mohamed Salah, on the other hand, takes the cake due to Liverpool’s over-reliance on him, particularly in light of Sadio Mane’s struggles against Real Madrid last week.
It has been implied that Mane is not in the best of moods, and in such a situation, the onus would fall on Salah to perform in the final third. The Egyptian forward will undoubtedly need excellent support from both full-backs, but if he can rediscover his best form and score for the fifth consecutive Champions League game, Liverpool will be in with a chance of winning the competition.
Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool
This matchup should be more competitive than the one held last week at Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium. After a poor start this weekend, Liverpool showed signs of promise and will take the momentum from their comeback victory into the second leg clash.
Now the Predicted Lineups in the Reds and Real Madrid However, with the Reds struggling for goals, Real Madrid can take advantage of any openings at the back. With that in mind, Los Blancos will advance to the UEFA Champions League semi-finals with a 4-3 aggregate score, while Liverpool could take the second leg 2-1.