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Liverpool vs Real Madrid: Champions League – LIVE!

Liverpool must pull off another famous European comeback at Anfield tonight if they are to knock out Real Madrid and reach the Uefa Champions League semi-finals.

A 3-1 defeat to Zinedine Zidane’s Real in Spain means Liverpool have it all to do in the second leg of their quarter-final tie – though Mohamed Salah’s away goal will give the Reds hope of setting up a last-four battle with Chelsea.

It has been a disappointing season for Jurgen Klopp’s Premier League champions, with injuries and a loss of form leaving Liverpool likely to end the season empty-handed.

But where there is a will, there is a way – and Zidane will know that this Liverpool team, even in a weakened state, still possesses more than enough quality to cause Los Blancos problems – especially after Real’s draining El Clasico win over Barcelona last weekend.

Real will be without talismanic captain Sergio Ramos on Merseyside, and though Liverpool will not have the Anfield crowd behind them tonight, they will be looking to channel the spirit of that famous 4-0 win over Barcelona en route to Champions League glory back in 2019.

With kick-off at 8pm BST, follow the action on our LIVE match blog!

Live updates

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So, with Jordan Henderson still out, Klopp has opted for a midfield three of Fabinho, Gini Wijnaldum and James Milner – and that means Thiago Alcantara is on the bench.

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Tonight’s referee is the one and only Bjorn Kuipers.

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Real Madrid team news

Real Madrid XI: Courtois, Valverde, Eder Militao, Nacho, Mendy, Modric, Casemiro, Kroos, Asensio, Benzema, Vinicius Junior

Subs: Marcelo, Lunin, Odriozola, Isco, Mariano, Rodrygo, Altube, Park, Arribas, Chust

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Liverpool team news

Liverpool XI: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Phillips, Kabak, Robertson; Fabinho, Milner, Wijnaldum; Mane, Salah, Firmino

Subs: Adrian, H. Davies, Thiago, Keita, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jota, Tsimikas, Shaqiri, B. Davies, Williams, Cain, Clarkson

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Klopp’s pledge to fans

In his programme notes for the game, Klopp made a vow to Liverpool supporters…

“What we will not lose sight of is how good we are. The talent we have. The magic in our dressing room and the character required to make special moments happen. We have the entire package at Liverpool.

“My job – and the job of the boys – is to channel your energy despite the forced distance. We know it’s still there, therefore we can still use it.

“I’m not a believer in promises when it comes to results, but I can say with certainty we go out there to fight for all our supporters as if they were with us.”

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Klopp wary of comeback talk

Klopp insists Liverpool cannot take another Champions League comeback for granted tonight.

The Reds, who memorably stunned Barcelona 4-0 at Anfield having lost the first leg of their 2019 semi-final 3-0 at the Nou Camp, have another tough task on their hands this year.

Wednesday’s match also takes place five years to the day since they pulled off an added-time victory to beat Klopp’s former side Borussia Dortmund in a Europa League quarter-final second leg, having been 4-2 down on aggregate with 24 minutes to go.

Liverpool also have on their CV the second-half turnaround from 3-0 down to AC Milan in the 2005 Champions League final – while six months before that another Steven Gerrard-inspired performance saw them scrape through the group stage as they scored three second-half goals to beat Olympiacos.

Despite the impressive record of comebacks, however, Klopp sounded a note of caution: “You cannot take it for granted. You never could and you never should.

“You don’t get a comeback because you had one in the past. You only have a chance if you play really good football in the present and that’s what we have to do.

“The best situation would be that you didn’t need a comeback. That’s not worth talking about now.”

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We are expecting team news to be out between 6:30pm and 7pm, and it would be a shock not to see Klopp’s favoured front three of Salah, Mane and Firmino – but Jota will also be in with a chance of starting given that the Reds need to score twice in normal time to stand a chance.

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Liverpool vs Real Madrid prediction

Liverpool looked slightly back to their former selves against Aston Villa but still not a match for Real Madrid. An early goal will be key for them, but I can see the visitors killing the tie with an away goal.

Liverpool 1-2 Real Madrid

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Real Madrid team news and predicted lineup

Real Madrid’s injury problems are mounting, with Lucas Vazquez ruled out. He was replaced by 20-year-old reserve-team midfielder Marvin.

Dani Carvajal also remains out, along with Sergio Ramos and Rafael Varane, who is still self-isolating after returning a positive Covid-19 test result on the day of last week’s first leg.

Former Chelsea forward Eden Hazard, who is still making his way back from a groin problem, will also miss the game.

Real predicted XI (4-3-3): Courtois; Odriozola, Nacho, Militao, Mendy; Casemiro, Kroos, Modric; Asensio, Benzema, Vinicius Jr


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