Date :Tuesday 6th, April 2021
Stadium Alfredo Di Stefano
Referee Felix Brych (Germany)
Madrid will be without the services of inspirational captain Sergio Ramos on Tuesday due to a calf problem, while the match is also expected to come too soon for Dani Carvajal and Federico Valverde.
Eden Hazard has made huge steps forward in his recovery from a muscular problem, though, and the Belgium international is expected to be a part of the squad for the Champions League fixture.
Raphael Varane was rested against Eibar on Saturday but will be back in the side for this match, while Toni Kroos and Vinicius Junior are also expected to start, with Zidane likely to set his side up in a 3-5-2 formation.
Real Madrid possible starting lineup:
Courtois; Varane, Militao, Nacho; Vazquez, Modric, Casemiro, Kroos, Mendy; Vinicius, Benzema
Real Madrid Champions League form: WWLWWW
Real Madrid form (all competitions): DDWWWW
As for Liverpool, Klopp will largely have the same squad available from the Arsenal match, with Jordan Henderson, Joel Matip, Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk all definitely out.
There is a chance that Caoimhin Kelleher and Divock Origi could return to the bench on Tuesday, while Georginio Wijnaldum might replace James Milner in the middle of the park.
Jota came off the bench to score twice against Arsenal, meaning that Klopp has a big decision to make in the final third of the field, but it would not be a surprise to see the Portugal international start on the bench once again, with Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino lining up as the front three.
Liverpool possible starting lineup:
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Phillips, Kabak, Robertson; Thiago, Fabinho, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane
Liverpool Champions League form: WLWDWW
Liverpool form (all competitions): WLLWWW
Head To Head
These two teams have locked horns on six previous occasions in European football, and the head-to-head record is identical, with both sides winning three and losing three.
Madrid recorded a 3-1 victory when they last met in the 2018 Champions League final, and Los Blancos also posted two wins in the group stages of the 2014-15 competition.
Liverpool won both of their meetings in the 2008-09 round of 16, though, while the English giants also recorded a 1-0 victory in the final of the European Champions Clubs’ Cup in 1981, with Alan Kennedy scoring the only goal of the contest nine minutes from time.
Prediction: Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool
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