Liverpool will look to come back yet another time as Real Madrid come to town for the UEFA Champions League quarter-final.
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.
Virgil van Dijk , Joel Matip, Joe Gomez and captain Jordan Henderson are all long-term absentees for the Reds while Caoimhin Kelleher and Divock Origi continue to be on the sidelines with minor issues. Kelleher’s absence is hardly a concern as Alisson Becker picks himself in goal.
In front of the Brazilian, the Reds should be set up in their usual 4-3-3 formation, with the defensive line continuing to remain unchanged. Ozan Kabak and Nathaniel Phillips will once again form the central defensive partnership, while Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson will be the two full-backs. The former had an awful night against Real at the Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium in the first leg and will look to turn it around at home after an emphatic performance against Aston Villa.
Georginio Wijnaldum has been sub-par for two successive games now and the Dutchman will hope to step up in midfield this week. Wijnaldum will likely have Thiago Alcantara and Fabinho for the company in the middle of the park, with the former Real Madrid midfielder sitting at the base of the three-man unit.
Finally, in attack, the key decision will centre around the choice of Mohamed Salah’s partner. Klopp has chosen to rotate the likes of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, and Diogo Jota in recent weeks, and against Real Madrid, Jota could be the one to miss out in the final third for Liverpool.