Following a surprising and disappointing defeat against Bournemouth at the weekend, this Wednesday, March 15, Liverpool will take on Real Madrid at the Bernabeu Stadium for the second leg of their Champions League tie.
Ahead of the game against the Spanish giants, Liverpool have four players who are confirmed to be unavailable. Joe Gomez, Thiago Alcantara, Luis Diaz and Calvin Ramsay will all miss out with injuries.
Additionally, Naby Keita is also struggling with a muscular problem. While he has a slight chance of playing against Madrid, it does not look likely at this stage. His availability will be more accurately gauged after he takes his fitness test.
In the first leg, Liverpool were comprehensively ripped asunder by a rampant Real Madrid. Jurgen Klopp’s men went 2-0 up in the first half thanks to goals from Darwin Nunez and former Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah – unfortunately, from there, Liverpool’s gameplan completely crumbled.
A brace from Vinicius Junior levelled the scores, despite Liverpool coming within a hair’s breadth of scoring from a goalmouth scramble at 2-1.
The Reds seemed rattled by the equaliser – early in the second half, Eder Militao headed Madrid in front from a set piece, after Liverpool’s defence completely switched off. From then on in, Los Merengues were in the driver’s seat.
Benzema unleashed a shot that took a wicked deflection off Gomez, wrong-footing Alisson and putting Madrid 4-2 up. The Frenchman then scored again after former Tottenham player Luka Modric breezed through Liverpool’s midfield – the Reds were all at sea as the game ended 5-2.
Since then Liverpool did proceed to completely dismantle what was thought to be an inform Man United team 7-0 at Anfield. So which Reds team will turn up is the question.
Liverpool have faced Madrid several times in the Champions League over the past few years, including in two finals – both of which were won by Los Blancos. The Reds would love nothing more than to wreak their revenge on the Spaniards, but they will have to be playing to the peak of their abilities to do so.
It would be an incredible comeback if Liverpool pull it off and as we know anything is possible in the beautiful game but this would be extraordinary.