Liverpool vs Real Madrid
Date: Wednesday, 14 April 2021
Kick-off at 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: Anfield (Liverpool).
The curtains are set to fall on the Last Eight stage of the UEFA Champions League this week, with the remaining two second leg fixtures set to be played out on Wednesday. The marquee tie on the day is the meeting between Liverpool and Real Madrid, with the two clubs set to face off at Anfield this midweek.
Liverpool progressed to the quarter-finals by easing past RB Leipzig in the Round of 16, having won their group ahead of Atalanta, Ajax and Midtjylland. Real Madrid, too, managed to clinch their group, although they ran things much closer than the Reds before winning Group B. In the Last 16 stage, Los Blancos beat Atalanta 4-1 on aggregate before setting up the quarter-finals date with the Premier League champions.
Liverpool’s recent results, though, have not been too convincing, especially at home, with Jurgen Klopp’s men managing to win only two of the nine games they have played at Anfield since the turn of the year. Bizarrely enough, the fortress that was Anfield is now considered to be their big weakness, with the Reds having lost six successive home games in the Premier League before their 2-1 win over Aston Villa this past weekend.
Real Madrid, on the other hand, have been in fine touch for quite some time now, with their last defeat in any competition coming back in January. Since then, the Merengues have gone 13 games without being beaten, winning 11 of these fixtures, including a crucial 2-1 success against Barcelona this past Saturday, which has thrown the La Liga title race wide open.
The first leg, played at Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano last week, saw Real Madrid cruise to a 3-1 win over Liverpool, who did nick a crucial away goal. Ahead of the latest meeting between the two sides, The Hard Tackle takes a closer look at the encounter.
Liverpool vs Real Madrid Head-to-head
The Reds came second best in the recent h2h meetings with Real, having lost the 2018 final in Kiev and last week’s first leg at the Alfredo Di Stefano by the same 3-1 scoreline. They also lost back-to-back duels to the Spanish giants back in the 2014 group stage, 1-0 at Santiago Bernabéu and 3-0 at Anfield, making it four consecutive h2h wins for the Los Blancos.
Liverpool’s triumph came in their first three meetings, first in the 1981 Champions Cup Final 1-0 and then the round of 16 tie in 2009, 4-0 home and 1-0 away.
Overall, Liverpool have a moderate record against Spanish La Liga clubs, 15 wins, 12 draws and 16 losses from 43 matches. The record remains more or less the same at Anfield with 6 wins, 7 draws and 6 losses from 19.
Real Madrid met Premier League clubs on 41 occasions and managed 17 wins along with 11 draws while losing 13. Away from home, their record is a decent 6W, 4D, 7L from 17.
Liverpool vs Real Madrid Prediction
Liverpool have a mountain to climb in this Champions League second leg after falling 3-1 to Real Madrid in Spain. That mountain is even steeper when considering that they won’t have the notorious presence of a full crowd inside Anfield to roar them on.
Real Madrid capitalised on an inexperienced Liverpool central defence decimated by injury to net three times in the first leg, with Brazilian Vinicius Junior the star for Zinedine Zidane’s men. Despite the absence of captain Sergio Ramos in central defence, their midfield led by the tireless Luka Modric will no doubt work extremely hard to cut off the supply to Liverpool’s dangerous attack led by Mohamed Salah, who has netted four in his last five matches in all competitions.
Ultimately, Jurgen Klopp’s limited Liverpool backline is likely to prove his side’s undoing, with Madrid knowing that just one goal would leave the Reds needing at least four to advance to the semi-finals. In terms of the match itself, the result could go either way but as was the case in the first leg, goals are expected so over 2.5 scored over 90 minutes may prove the smart play here.
Liverpool vs Real Madrid Team News :
Predicted line-up (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Phillips, Kabak, Robertson; Thiago, Fabinho, Wijnaldum; Salah, Jota, Mane
Unavailable: Gomez (Injured), Matip (Injured), Van Dijk (Injured), Henderson (Injured)
Questionable: Kelleher (Injured), Origi (Injured)
Predicted line-up (4-3-3): Courtois; Odriozola, Nacho, Eder Militao, Mendy; Kroos, Casemiro, Modric; Asensio, Benzema, Vinicius Junior
Unavailable: Sergio Ramos (Injured), Varane (Illness), Lucas Vazquez (Injured)