Looking shaky for Reds against 13 times Champions
Updated: 5th February 2023
2020-21 UEFA Champions League quarter-final second-leg preview: Liverpool v Real Madrid – Anfield – Wednesday, 14 April 2021 – 20:00 hrs. BST
Liverpool v Real Madrid Preview
Liverpool will be hoping for a miracle as they try to overturn a 1-3 deficit from the first leg of their quarter-finals tie against Real Madrid on Wednesday at Anfield.
Both sides are going into the Anfield clash with domestic wins – Real edging 2-1 past Barcelona in an El Classico clash on Saturday while Liverpool managed to squeeze past Aston Villa in a Premier league game by a similar margin on the same night.
Liverpool Champions League form: LWDWWL
Liverpool form across all competitions: LWWWLW
Real Madrid Champions League form: WLWWWW
Real Madrid form across all competitions: WWWWWW
With Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip still out on a long-term basis for Liverpool, it will be upto the likes of the inexperienced Nathaniel Phillips and Ozan Kabak to hold things at the back and deal with the attacking battery of the visitors.
Midfielder Jordan Henderson is not yet fit enough to make a comeback while Curtis Jones who sat out in the Aston Villa game as a precaution owing to a muscular problem, could find himself in the squad this week. James Milner or Thiago Alcantra are thus in with a chance for starts in the midfield space in the absence of Henderson.
For Real Madrid, defensive mainstays Sergio Ramos and Dani Carvajal will miss out as they did in the first leg owing to calf and hamstring injuries respectively. Center-back Raphael Varane is still sick while one more casualty in the defensive department is Lucas Vazquez with a cruciate ligament sprain sustained during Saturday's El Classico.
Central midfielder Federico Valverde also joined the list of the injured after the clash with Barcelona while the still-not-fit ace forward Eden Hazard will have to spend time on the sidelines.
Liverpool possible starting XI in a 4-3-3 formation:
Alisson (goal); Alexander-Arnold, Phillips, Kabak, Robertson; Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Milner; Salah, Jota, Mane
Real Madrid possible starting XI in a 4-3-3 formation:
Courtois (goal); Odriozola, Nacho, Militao, Mendy; Casemiro, Kroos, Modric; Asensio, Benzema, Vinicius Jr
Wednesday night's second leg at Anfield will be the eighth meeting between these two sides with Liverpool having won thrice and Real Madrid four.
- Real Madrid to qualify: 2/9
- Liverpool to qualify: 3/1
Correct score Odds
- Draw 1-1: 13/2
- Liverpool 2-1: 8/1
- Liverpool 1-0: 10/1
- Liverpool 2-0: 11/1
- Real Madrid 2-1: 11/1 (predicted score line)
- Draw 2-2: 11/1 (probable score line)
- Draw 0-0: 16/1
- Liverpool 3-1: 12/1
- Real Madrid 3-1: 22/1
- Real Madrid 3-0: 40/1
Anytime scorer Odds
- Mohamed Salah: 8/11
- Karim Benzema: 11/10
- Diogo Jota: 1/1
- Sadio Mane: 13/10
- Roberto Firmino: 8/5
- Vinicius Junior: 16/5 (SkyBet)
- Marco Asensio: 13/5
- Casemiro: 11/2
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