Liverpool head into the second leg of their last 16 with Real Madrid knowing they will need a 2019-esque miracle to reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
The Reds appeared to be heading for the lead as they took a 2-0 lead but succumbed to the European champions only to lose 5-2, leaving their participation in the competition dangling.
Here is the side manager Jurgen Klopp could choose to try and fix this huge deficit.
GK: Alisson – He has three clean sheets in seven Champions League matches so far this season, and has conceded 11 goals in the other four matches.
Right-back: Trent Alexander-Arnold – He faces once again Vinicius Jr., one of the most electric strikers on the continent. He played with Real Madrid five times, but he did not win yet.
CB: Ibrahima Konate – He missed the first leg with a hamstring injury which led to Joe Gomez partnering Virgil van Dijk. He started the last three games.
CB: Virgil van Dijk – He was whipped by Dango Ouattara to score Bournemouth’s goal on Saturday. A similar limp performance would be severely punished here.
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Left-back: Andy Robertson – He has assisted two goals in the Champions League so far this season. The weekend was only the second time that Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk and Robertson had lost when they started together – the first being last season’s Champions League final.
CM: Jordan Henderson – Harvey Elliott’s midfield experience didn’t really work out and Liverpool could do with a more experienced chairman at the Bernabeu.
Name: Fabinho – He will return to his old stadium, where he made his first-team debut but mainly appeared for Real Madrid Castilla.
CM: Stefan Bagcetek – Injuries and poor condition elsewhere helped Bagsitec consolidate his position Liverpoolteam this season.
Right wing: Mohamed Salah – There are still some ghosts from previous encounters with Madrid to defeat. He scored against Real Madrid twice, both in attempts to lose.
ST: Cody Jackbo – Dutchman Gakbo scored twice against Manchester United but had little joy against Bournemouth.
LW: Darwin Nunez – He also managed a brace against the Red Devils. He urged his team to “get out there like lions from the first second” against Bournemouth even though it didn’t quite turn out that way. Wed another match.
On this week’s show, Harry Simo hosts Scott SaundersAnd Griez Khan And Hunter Judson. They talk about Arsenal’s win against Fulham, Liverpool’s loss at Bournemouth, Casemiro’s red card against Southampton, and more.
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