LIVE: Real Madrid vs Liverpool – Jurgen Klopp picks Diogo Jota ahead of Roberto Firmino for blockbuster Champions League quarter-final… with hosts missing defensive duo Sergio Ramos AND Raphael Varane in rematch of 2018 final
- Liverpool take on Real Madrid at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano – KO is at 8:00pm
- Jurgen Klopp’s side take on Zinedine Zidane’s team in a rematch of the 2018 final
- The first-leg of this Champions League quarter-final takes place in Madrid
- Latest Champions League news, including fixtures and results
- Madrid vs Liverpool breakdown: Preview, team news and odds
Liverpool travel to Spain to take on Real Madrid in a blockbuster Champions League quarter-final first-leg tonight.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have rediscovered their mojo, having won their last three games in all competitions and come into this clash off the back of a comfortable 3-0 victory at Arsenal on Saturday.
Madrid, meanwhile, beat Eibar at the weekend but are without captain Sergio Ramos and fellow centre back Raphael Varane tonight, in what is a repeat of the 2018 Champions League final in Kiev, where Madrid won their 13th European Cup with a 3-1 victory.
Sportsmail will provide live coverage of Real Madrid vs Liverpool in the Champions League quarter-finals, including all the build-up, team news and in-game updates.
What can the sides’ latest form hint at tonight? Well, both, despite disappointments over the course of the season, are back in business right now.
Madrid have won nine of their last 11 matches in all competitions, including a 2-0 success over Eibar on Saturday afternoon.
Liverpool are also back on track for a top four finish, having won three on the trot and now sitting two points off fourth after winning at Arsenal.
Michael Owen highlights the Real Madrid midfield as an area where there has been little change and that has aged since the 2018 final.
But can the trio show age is just a number tonight?
Real Madrid won a 13th European title, but it was a night to forget for Loris Karius and the Reds…
One man who will be glad not to have to face Sergio Ramos tonight is Mohamed Salah.
Left in tears in Kiev, he has gone on to achieve plenty domestically and on the continent, but can he take another step tonight against a side he has been linked with?
We know all about the 2018 final meeting between these two sides, but what happened the last time these two sides met on Spanish soil?
Well, it saw Brendan Rodgers field a weakened side, but now Jurgen Klopp’s men look to set the record straight.
Three changes for Liverpool from the weekend, with Wijnaldum, Keita and Jota replacing Milner, Thiago and Roberto Firmino.
The big news of course is Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane are absent through injury and a positive Covid-19 test.
It will see Eder Militao and Nacho form a partnership in central defence, while Karim Benzema – Madrid’s saviour so often this season – starts.
Very rarely have Real Madrid made it so far in the competition and not been considered a serious candidate to win the Champions League. But as with many things in the game, this season has been a little different.
They suffered a shock home defeat to Shakthar Donetsk in the group stages and a draw away at Gladbach, but came round to progress and then knock out Atalanta in the last 16.
It has been part of a recent recovery for Madrid, who could go top of LaLiga this weekend if they win the Clasico and results go their way.
But the immediate focus is gaining an edge over Liverpool, who were considered among the favourites before the almighty slump in form in the league. But history dictates Zinedine Zidane’s men will always be there or there about when it comes to this stage.
A look at those latest odds ahead of tonight’s heavyweight clash, courtesy of Betfair:
Real Madrid to win 19/10
Liverpool to win 7/5
Real Madrid to qualify 13/10
Liverpool to qualify 6/10
Liverpool’s convincing win at Arsenal at the weekend was crucial in restoring confidence for Jurgen Klopp’s men, with the Champions League their only chance of silverware this season.
Central to that was victory was Diogo Jota, who netted the opener and third goal at the Emirates. And now he is eyeing more success down the road for the Reds, starting with tonight.
Champions League nights simply don’t get bigger than this do they?
The first leg of this blockbuster clash is without several blockbuster names though, but more on that as and when we have the teams.
A repeat of the 2018 final awaits, with both sides keen to seize silverware in Europe this season once more.
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