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PREVIEW: Real Madrid v Liverpool – Reds looking for a comeback, lineups and stats for this tough match



The Real Madrid team, which has the advantage of the first leg, will receive its rival Liverpool at the Santiago Bernabeu, which is looking for a return victory.

Los Blancos won the Reds 5-2 at Anfield in the first leg and tonight they will do their best to at least avoid a big defeat and advance to the quarter-finals.

News of the two teams before the meeting

Real Madrid has returned to the left-back of Ferland Mendy after a while, while Karim Benzema has also recovered from the injury he was absent from against Espanyol.

Madrid will still be without specialist central defender David Alaba. Nacho can start at left back, playing in the back with Carvajal, Rudiger, Militao and goalkeeper Courtois.

Tchouameni, Kroos and Modric are set to join the midfield while Valverde can play Benzema and Vinicius Jr in the attack, which means that Rodrygo will return to the bench.

Liverpool still have injuries to Luis Diaz, Thiago Alcantara, Joe Gomez and Calvin Ramsay although Diaz and Gomez have resumed training.

Fabinho, Henderson and Bajcetic, who did not appear in the last training session but flew to Liverpool, are set to start in midfield for the Reds.

Darwin Nunez and Mohamed Salah will once again play on both sides of the attack while Cody Gakpo can start in the middle attack.

Predicted Line-Ups

Real Madrid (4-3-3): Courtois; Carvajal, Militao, Rudiger, Nacho; Modric, Tchouameni, Kroos; Valverde, Benzema, Vinicius

Liverpool (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konate, van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Bajcetic; Salah, Gakpo, Nunez

Session Information

Competition: Champions League

Stadium: Santiago Bernabeu

Time: 08:00 pm GMT

Referee: Felix Zwayer (Germany)


Real Madrid have won 26 of the last 27 times they have led the first leg in a knockout match.
Liverpool is one of only four English teams to beat Real Madrid at the Bernabeu.
Real Madrid have defeated Liverpool in six of their last seven Champions League games.
Real Madrid scored five goals in just nine shots against Liverpool in the first leg.
Liverpool have lost 10 of their 19 away games this season.

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