Jurgen Klopp's side will need a mini miracle to overturn a two goal deficit from the first leg of their quarter final against Real Madrid but if anyone is known for European comebacks it is Liverpool
by Craig Humpage
Football Writer, Sporticos
Published on Wednesday 14 April 2021
Premier League Champions Liverpool are back to winning ways in the league with three consecutive victories, the latest against Aston Villa at the weekend, and seem to be back in form. They are still not quite the beast they were last season and still without very key players like Virgil Van Dijk but they have arrested the slide. Real Madrid are also coming into form at the right time. Their win over Barcelona in the El Clasico at the weekend made it six in a row in all competitions and left them just one point behind leaders Atletico. Both teams will be confident that they are moving in the right direction. Zidane brings his side into this game with a nice two goal lead but he will be wary of that European spirit which Liverpool possess. You don't have to go too far back to remember their unbelievable comeback against Barcelona, one of many they have pulled off in the competition. A 2-0 scoreline would see the Premier League side through on away goals. Can they shock the world again?
Preview: Liverpool vs Real Madrid (Agg: 1-3)
Jurgen Klopp has been vocal about the lack of supporters for Wednesday's game at Anfield. That rocking crowd has caused many a galactico to falter and was key in inspiring his team to their historic win over Barcelona, but without them it might be difficult to emulate such heights. The English side are likely to continue with Ozan Kabak and Nat Phillips at the back as they still suffer the absence of Van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip through injury. They are also still without talismanic captain Jordan Henderson. That being said, with the experience of Fabinho and Milner in the midfield and their famed front three, Liverpool can certainly cause Real Madrid more problems than they did at the Alfredo Di Stefano last week.
Zinedine Zidane's men have injury problems of their own. Lucas Vazquez would have turned the heads of many casuals at the weekend lining up as a makeshift right back. Feeling the need to play someone like Lucas in that position isn't ideal and then he got injured in that game and could be out for the long term. Real will look to fringe player Álvaro Odriozola to fill in. They will also miss Raphael Varane and Sergio Ramos at the back. You could argue that they have better strength in depth and are not quite in the same position as Liverpool when it comes to centre back turmoil but it's still not a perfect scenario for them.
Defensive injury issues aside, both teams will have an embarrassment of riches up front and it will largely come down to which of the two attacking trios is most up for it. If Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino turn up, anything can happen. If Vinicius or Benzema bag an early goal, that could really deflate a Liverpool team which is only just getting its confidence back. In the eight previous meetings between the sides, Real Madrid have won four and Liverpool three with one draw. The head-to-head is very evenly matched. Both coaches are tactically astute Champions League winners. The field will be littered with talent. This game on Wednesday has the potential to be one of those historic European matches and the real shame is that fans will not be there to add the atmosphere it will surely deserve.
Prediction: Liverpool vs Real Madrid
Call me a romantic but I remember that unbelievable comeback win against Barcelona - one of the most amazing sport stories ever - and I want to see something similar again. I am by no means a Liverpool fan but when it comes to the UEFA Champions League all pettiness goes out the window and you have to root for the Premier League sides. If Liverpool can get a goal in the first half and keep it tight, they will know one more goal and a 2-0 on the night scoreline would get them into the semi finals on away goals and that's what I see happening. I think Klopp's side will sit deep and try to burst on the break. They will be going up against some less than experienced defenders at this level and if they are truly on form they can get some joy. I think they'll live dangerously for large periods, they'll need a helluva lot of luck and grit but I'm not counting them out. It could be wishful thinking but I'm going for a two-nil Liverpool win.
Prediction: Liverpool 2-0 Real Madrid (Agg: 3-3)
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Liverpool vs Real Madrid
Wednesday 14 April 2021 - 20:00
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