Liverpool must overcome a 5-2 deficit against Real Madrid if they are to advance to the quarterfinals of the Champions League on Wednesday at the Bernabeu.
Three weeks before, Jurgen Klopp’s team jumped out to an early 2-0 lead during the first leg. But a dramatic reversal saw Los Blancos smash five straight goals in a single match at Anfield.
Will Real Madrid finish the task at home? Or will Liverpool pull off another stunning comeback in the Champions League? It’s time to examine the teams in more detail.
Now let us begin with the champions, Real Madrid, who had already secured a spot in the round of eight as a result of their brutal display at Anfield last month.
Karim Benzema and Vinicius Junior each scored one of the four goals in the first leg, while Eder Militao added the last goal for the Spanish powerhouses.
Real Madrid have not only won all four of their most recent home matches in the Champions League, but they have also won nine straight UCL games.
After a commanding 3-1 win against Espanyol in La Liga, Carlo Ancelotti’s team enters the second leg in a better position to go to the quarterfinals.
With their most recent match ending in a shocking 1-0 loss against Bournemouth, Liverpool is now sixth in the Premier League standings, six points behind the top four.
Yet it’s important to keep in mind that Liverpool showed off their offensive potency by thrashing Manchester United 7-0 at Anfield six days before.
The fact that perhaps the Reds have scored in all nine of their away games in the Champions League with only one loss should give them some optimism.
To advance to the quarterfinals on Wednesday, Klopp’s team will need to score four goals without receiving a response.
Real Madrid is now undefeated in seven games versus Liverpool in the Champions League, winning six of those games.
Moreover, Real Madrid has outscored the Reds by over 2.5 goals in three of their last six victories while also recording three shutouts.
David Alaba will be out unfortunately for something like the guests on Wednesday, while Karim Benzema and Ferland Mendy are questionable for the return match.
Luis Diaz, Joe Gomez, Thiago Alcantara, Naby Keita, and Calvin Ramsey are among the Liverpool players who are injured and unavailable.
There is no denying that Liverpool have a significant uphill battle in Madrid; therefore, Los Blancos are predicted to secure their spot in the round of eight on Wednesday.
TV Channels to air 2023 UEFA Champions League
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Predictions 2023 UEFA Champions League Real Madrid vs Liverpool
Liverpool may win or over 2.5 goals