Liverpool vs Real Madrid prediction
Undoubtedly the most interesting round of 16 pairing in the Champions League this year is the mega clash between Liverpool and Real Madrid.
This is a repeat of last year's final in the tournament.
Liverpool and Real Madrid are soccer titans and arguably two of the biggest teams on the continent for many.
They have had many clashes in the past, some of them close, which have always been incredibly interesting.
In recent seasons, they have played in the Champions League final twice. As the White Ballet lifted the trophy on both occasions.
In 2021, the two teams met in the 1/4-final stage. Then again, Real Madrid was the ultimate winner.
All these results have certainly been discussed by Jurgen Klopp with his players in the debriefing for today's match.
The desire and thirst for revenge is already embedded in the minds of Liverpool players.
And their motivation to win will be 100%.
The recent 2 victories of the Merseysiders also give the fans optimism for success at Anfield in this match.
Because in the second leg at the Bernabeu, it will be really difficult if the Reds haven't taken a solid lead here.
Liverpool regained their confidence after 2 consecutive victories
Liverpool have won two games in a row.
Which isn't much, but it's hugely important for Jurgen Klopp's side, who have struggled with form this year.
Since the start of the campaign, Poole have languished in the Premier League, recording poor results.
But last Monday they beat Everton in the Merseyside derby 2-0.
And on Saturday night the Reds also got the better of high-flying Newcastle at St Mary's, again winning 2-0.
They are thus the only team in the Premier League to have beaten the Magpies this season.
Liverpool improved defensively
Three clean sheets in the previous 6 matches are incredibly important and encouraging things for Liverpool.
Defense has been Klopp's Achilles heel this year. As Poole conceded goals in most of the matches.
The return of Virgil Van Dijk will have a big impact on the backline because he is its heart and soul.
Arthur, Luis Diaz and Thiago are out for the Reds for this match. But Jota is back, as is the aforementioned Van Dijk.
Real Madrid is on a 4-game winning streak with Handicap
Since the beginning of the year, Real Madrid have failed to win several matches in La Liga.
Which later allowed Barcelona to pull the champions and create a solid gap in the standings .
Meanwhile, the Kings won the FIFA Club World Cup.
And they lifted their spirits with four consecutive victories before today's meeting, in which they scored as many as 15 goals.
Real Madrid are solid defensively
Los Blancos' last 2 games in La Liga have seen clean sheets. As they beat Elche 4-0 and Osasuna 2-0.
I have to remind you that Real Madrid had a lot of injuries that devastated the squad.
But the majority of these players are already in training mode and ready to play.
Benzema is questionable for this trip to Liverpool due to a muscle injury.
Squads and injured footballers
Lineup: Alison Becker; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Bajcetic; Salah, Nunes, Gakpo
Injured: Luis Diaz, Thiago Alcantara
Questionable: Konate, Nunes
Misses next match due to card : Alexander-Arnold
Lineup: Courtois; Carvajal, Eder Militao, Rudiger, Alaba; Modric, Chuameni, Kamavinga; Valverde, Benzema, Vinicius
In question: Benzema
Misses next match due to card : none
Matches Liverpool - Real Madrid
|ШЛ||28/05/22||Liverpool 0:1 Real Madrid|
|ШЛ||14/04/21||Liverpool 0:0 Real Madrid|
|ШЛ||06/04/21||Real Madrid 3:1 Liverpool|
|ШЛ||26/05/18||Real Madrid 3:1 Liverpool|
|ШЛ||04/11/14||Real Madrid 1:0 Liverpool|
|ШЛ||22/10/14||Liverpool 0:3 Real Madrid|