Real Madrid’s home match against Liverpool is a monumental one for Los Blancos, who need to complete a solid performance against an attacking-minded squad and will have to do so without key starters Sergio Ramos and Dani Carvajal.
Real Madrid predicted XI: Courtois, Vazquez, Varane, Nacho, Mendy, Marcelo, Casemiro, Kroos, Modric, Asensio, Benzema.
Liverpool predicted XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Phillips, Kabak, Robertson, Fabinho, Thiago, Wijnaldum, Mane, Salah, Jota.
Liverpool return to Champions League action tonight when they take on Real Madrid in the first leg of their last-eight tie.
The Reds come into the game on the back of a fine 3-0 win over Arsenal in the Premier League on Saturday night.
Jurgen Klopp has no new injury doubts heading into the game at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano, while Real suffered a major set-back this afternoon when it was confirmed that Raphael Varane had received a positive COVID-19 test result.
Zinedine Zidane’s side are set to be boosted by the return of Federico Valverde after a hamstring injury, but Dani Carvajal, Eden Hazard and Sergio Ramos are all unavailable.
Kicking off at 8pm, and live on BT Sport, Paul Gorst and Ian Doyle will be on hand to provide live updates on the action as well as bring you team news, analysis and reaction.
Time: 21:00 CET (local time), 03:00pm EST.
Venue: Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano, Madrid, Spain.
Available TV: TUDN (USA), Movistar Liga de Campeones (Spain)
The Reds head into the first leg of their quarter-final on the back of a 3-0 victory at Arsenal last Saturday that made it three consecutive wins and clean sheets.
The 2020/21 quarterfinals bring together two of the European Cup’s most successful clubs with Real Madrid taking onLiverpool in a repeat of the 2018 final.
The pair, who have 19 European Cup successes between them, set up this meeting by each finishing first in theirgroup before easing through the round of 16, Madrid seeing off Atalanta and Liverpool safely negotiating their tieagainst Leipzig. Both sides’ 2019/20 Uefa Champions League campaigns were ended by clubs from their opponents’country in the last 16, holders Liverpool being eliminated by Atlético de Madrid and Real Madrid bowing out against Manchester City.
The sides have twice met in European Cup finals, Liverpool winning the 1981 decider in Paris – the teams’ firstfixture – and Madrid claiming their 13th title, and third in a row, in Kyiv in 2018.