Real Madrid will look to finish the job in the Champions League quarterfinal when they take on Liverpool at Anfield on Wednesday evening.
Real Madrid are back in Champions League action after El Clasico as they hope to secure a place in the semi-finals of the competition. The Whites face Liverpool at Anfield in the second leg of their bout, having already won the first leg 3-1 on home soil last week.
Zinedine Zidane’s side is on a run of great form lately and will look to put the gloss on their last week’s success on Merseyside. However, the team must do so without Dani Carvajal, Raphael Varane and Sergio Ramos, all of whom are absent through injury. Lucas Vazquez has also joined the treatment table and will miss the rest of the campaign.
Thibaut Courtois is set to be the goalkeeper. The Belgian has never lost at Anfield in his previous four visits and avoiding defeat on Wednesday will guarantee his side’s passage into the next round. Eder Militao will join Nacho Fernandez in the heart of defence. Both have been second fiddle largely this season but have performed exceptionally of late.
Ferland Mendy will play as left back and will look to nullify the in-form Mohamed Salah with his pace and physical attributes. With Zidane’s options scanty at right back, Federico Valverde could be used in the impeded role. Alvaro Odriozola remains at the manager’s disposal but his lack of convincing performances are unlikely to buy him a spot in the eleven.
Los Blancos’ gala midfield of Casemiro, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos will start once again. Kroos had one of his best matches in a Real Madrid shirt in the previous leg and assisted Vinicius Junior for one of his two goals, as did Luka Modric. Casemiro, an absolute rock at the back will be tasked with nullifying any central attacking chances by Liverpool.
Vinicius Junior was on target twice in Madrid in the opening leg of the quarterfinal and will keep his place on the left flank, whereas Marco Asensio is likely to play on the right side. Both of Real’s goal-scorers will be looking to notch at least one more at Anfield to cancel out Liverpool’s away goal which was scored by Salah.
Karim Benzema, a scorer in El Clasico last weekend and also the scorer of two goals on his last visit to Anfield will start as the striker. He will captain the side and once again look to take advantage of a depleted Liverpool backline.