Real Madrid have now confirmed reports that Eden Hazard won’t be available to face Liverpool in the second leg of the Champions League quarter-final tie tomorrow evening.
The former Chelsea winger has been struggling with a muscular injury and he won’t be in the travelling party when Real arrive on Merseyside for the game at Anfield.
Considering Hazard has barely featured for the La Liga side since his move to Spain, supporters on Twitter have been debating whether it affects Liverpool’s chances of beating their opponents:
— Markus??? (@MarkusUTD17) April 12, 2021
Real Madrid still have Kroos, Casemiro, Modric, Vinicius and Benzema.
so it doesn't really matter
— johnny1248 (BLM, ACAB) (@StateOfReds13) April 12, 2021
Rarther play against hazard than vinicius, his pace killed us
— 2110lfc (@2110lfc) April 12, 2021
We need to worry about Kroos Modric and Vini rather than Hazard.
— Alphaomega (@alfa12561) April 12, 2021
Wouldnt make any difference
— Billy Brooks (@BillyBr78880346) April 12, 2021
Aye that’ll make a difference fs
— Scotch Expert (@AmScotch) April 13, 2021
Doesnt matter tbh
— Anfield95 (@Anfield951) April 12, 2021
It's the LFC attack I am worried about
— eriks gasins (@eriksgrafs) April 13, 2021
While Hazard’s fitness problems are unlikely to tip the tie in the Reds’ favour, Real’s injuries at the back are mounting up. Lucas Vazquez’s absence means manager Zinedine Zidane will have four first-choice defenders unavailable.
With Jurgen Klopp’s side needing two unanswered goals, their chances of progressing to the semi-finals have increased somewhat, although you have to be mindful of the fact that Liverpool’s own defence is pretty vulnerable too.