Real Madrid have one foot in the Uefa Champions League semi-finals as they head to Liverpool for their quarter-final second leg on Wednesday.
The Spanish giants, who won the last of three UCL title on the spin against their English opponents in 2018, took command of the tie with a 3-1 first leg home victory.
Youngster Vinicius Junior opened the scoring with a smart finish on 27 minutes before Marco Asensio pounced on a defensive slip shortly after.
Mohamed Salah pulled one back for the 2019 winners five minutes after half time, only for Vinicius to hand down a hammer blow with his second of the night.
It’ll now take a fair old dose of the famous Anfield magic for Jurgen Klopp’s side against Zinedine Zidane and Co – and they’ll have to do it in front of empty stands on Merseyside thanks to continuing Covid-19 restrictions.
A last four clash with the winners of Tuesday’s clash between EPL side Chelsea and 2004 champions FC Porto awaits.
Legendary defender Serio Ramos once again misses out through injury, joining fellow centre back Raphael Varane on the sidelines following the Frenchman’s positive Covid-19 test.
Dani Carvajal is also doubtful for the La Liga club, who will assess former Premier League star Eden Hazard ahead of the trip to England.
Liverpool know all about defensive shortages as Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip are all among the long-term casualties.
Skipper Jordan Henderson is also crocked, while youngster Curtis Jones and backup striker Divock Origi are both doubtful to feature for the six-time champions.
Liverpool vs Real Madrid Prediction
Prediction methodology explained: The expected win percentage is based off publicly available odds. For example, if a team’s odds are 2.30, the expected chance of winning is 43%. If the odds are 1.62 the expected chance of winning is 62% and so on. These are accurate at the time of writing but are subject to change. Where there is no value listed, the odds were not available at the time of writing.
Liverpool vs Real Madrid: UCL starting XI prediction
Probable Liverpool Starting XI: Alisson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Nathaniel Phillips, Ozan Kabak, Andy Robertson, Thiago, Fabinho, Georginio Wijnaldum, Mohamed Salah, Diogo Jota, Sadio Mane.
Probable Real Madrid Starting XI: Thibaut Courtois, Lucas Vazquez, Eder Militao, Nacho, Ferland Mendy, Luka Modric, Casemiro, Toni Kroos, Marco Asensio, Karim Benzema, Vinicius Junior.