Liverpool head to Spain on Wednesday needing to catch up from a 5-2 deficit in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie with Real Madrid.
The Reds struggled with inconsistency throughout the season. After beating Manchester United 7-0, coach Jurgen Klopp’s side fell to a shocking defeat against Bournemouth on Saturday, moving six points off the top four in the English Premier League.
Real showed their European origins in the first match, but they are far from the pace of the La Liga title race set by Barcelona, with a nine-point difference between the two sides.
With Real Madrid looking for a small lead and Liverpool needing a miracle, here’s what you need to know for Wednesday’s game.
Results of the match between Real Madrid and Liverpool H2H
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Real Madrid team news
Carlo Ancelotti is missing Ferland Mendy and David Alaba in the left-back position. Eduardo Camavinga looked a little uncomfortable when he played there against Espanyol, so defensive-minded Nacho Fernandez may start instead.
Karim Benzema is expected to come into the starting line-up to replace Rodrygo in what may be the only other change from the weekend’s squad, despite having been plagued by an ankle problem in recent weeks.
Real Madrid expected lineup (4-3-3): Courtois. Carvajal, Militao, Rudiger, Nacho; Modric, Tchoameni, Kroos; Valverde, Benzema, Junior.
Liverpool team news
Manager Klopp may drop Harvey Elliott and promote strongman Jordan Henderson back in his starting line-up. Former Barcelona midfielder Thiago is still out.
The Spain international is joined on the sidelines by Luis Diaz, Joe Gomez, Calvin Ramsey and, most likely, Naby Keita, who still needs to be assessed.
Liverpool expected lineup (4-3-3): Allison. Alexander-Arnold, Conat, Van Dyck, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Bagsetik; Salah, Jakobo, Nunez.
Liverpool have improved a lot defensively since the first-leg debacle, conceding just one goal – Philip Billing’s effort in a 1-0 defeat at Bournemouth.
The visitors have everything to do to reach the quarter-finals but if Vinicius and Benzema are in form, a home win that extends the aggregate score to an overall victory will be on the cards.
Predictions: Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool
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