Liverpool are preparing for home quarter-final legs. Only victories will give them a chance of reaching the UEFA Champions League last four.
Jurgen Klopp’s side were beaten 3-1 by Real Madrid in the Spanish capital last week. The scoreline matching that of the 2018 final, when Zinedine Zidane won the trophy for the third year running.
Of course, the Reds have history of famous Anfield comebacks. Most notably two years ago when Barcelona were stunned on Merseyside after winning the semi-final first leg 3-0.
Liverpool v Real Madrid (1-3 on aggregate): History on Zidane’s side (For more Champions League news download Footylight app)
Liverpool‘s unforgettable 4-0 win over Barcelona was one of two instances out of a possible 11 where they have progressed in a knockout tie after losing the first leg by two or more goals.
They beat Madrid by the same scoreline in March 2009 at Anfield. But Los Blancos’ most recent visit to Merseyside ended in a 3-0 win in October 2014. They are now on a run of four consecutive wins over Liverpool.
Given Real Madrid have scored in each of their previous 23 UEFA Champions League knockout games. And the fact they have won 15 of the past 16 ties where they won the first leg by at least two goals, they would appear to be in a very strong position.
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If Liverpool want to produce another turnaround, Mohamed Salah will almost certainly be key. His goal in the first leg means he has scored in each of his previous four appearances in the competition. And he could become only the second Liverpool player – after Steven Gerrard in 2007-08 – to do so in five.
Luka Modric is also chasing a small slice of history. The 2018 Ballon d’Or winner has provided an assist in three Champions League games in a row; since at least 2003-04, no Real Madrid player has ever managed to set up a goal in four consecutive games in this competition.
Liverpool XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnol, Phillips, Kabak, Robertson, Fabinho, Thiago, Wijnaldum, Salah, Mane, Jota
Real Madrid Xi: Courtois, Nacho, Militao, Mendy, Marcelo, Casemiro, Kroos, Modric, Benzema, Vinicius Jr., Assensio
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