Liverpool vs Real Madrid LIVE: Champions League team news, line-ups and more tonight

Liverpool take on Real Madrid at Anfield this evening in the second leg of the clubs’ Champions League quarter-final tie.

Liverpool are no strangers to pulling off comebacks in Europe. In recent years, the Reds have come from behind – against the odds – to eliminate Borussia Dortmund and Barcelona on the European stage, so overturning the 3-1 lead held by Real Madrid in this quarter-final need not be a daunting prospect. That said, Jurgen Klopp’s side must be at their best if they are to earn the kind of result to progress at the expense of the La Liga champions, who earned a Clasico victory over rivals Barcelona at the weekend.

Liverpool lacked their usual pressing in the reverse fixture in the Spanish capital and were picked apart, with Vinicius Jr scoring twice and Marco Asensio also netting for Zinedine Zidane’s team. Mohamed Salah grabbed what could prove to be a crucial away goal, however, as Liverpool fell to Madrid by the same scoreline from the teams’ clash in the 2018 final. A semi-final meeting with Chelsea awaits the victors of this tie, with the Blues having overcome Porto 2-1 over two legs, while tonight’s other quarter-final second leg sees Man City visit Borussia Dortmund. Follow all the action below:

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KLOPP ON LIVERPOOL’S CHANCES

When you are 3-1 down it looks like we are already out; it means we have not a lot to lose. We will give it a try – that’s the job we have to do. If we can create more than we did in Madrid, which should be possible as we didn’t have a lot, then we will see. We cannot take comebacks for granted especially with no crowd. We will create our own atmosphere again.”

RECENT RESULTS

Liverpool have won their only match since losing 3-1 in the opening leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Real Madrid. They faced Aston Villa in the Premier League and, after trailing at half-time, went on to secure a 2-1 victory at Anfield with Mo Salah getting the equaliser and Trent Alexander-Arnold firing home in the 91st minute.

Real Madrid meanwhile hosted El Clasico as they went up against Barcelona in La Liga. Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos continued their impressive form to give Real a two-goal lead at half-time but a goal from Oscar Mingueza on the hour mark set up a tense finish. Casemiro was sent off right at the end of the 90 and Madrid were able to hold onto their lead.

Both victories will give the teams a boost, but it is Liverpool who need to wrestle the momentum early in tonight’s clash. They trail by two-goals and a quick start is required if Jurgen Klopp’s men are going to challenge the Spanish champions.

TEAM NEWS – CHANGES

Jurgen Klopp makes just two changes to the Liverpool starting XI from the first leg of this tie. Diogo Jota and Naby Keita drop out with Roberto Firmino and James Milner coming into the team.

Lucas Vazquez is injured for Real Madrid so Zinedine Zidane replaces him with Federico Valverde in the only change to the line up for the Spanish champions.

TEAM NEWS – LIVERPOOL VS REAL MADRID

AS IT STANDS

Real Madrid bring a two-goal advantage to Anfield after they won the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final 3-1 at home. The damage was done in the first half when Vinicius Junior and Marcos Asensio took advantage of a lacklustre display from the Reds to put the host two goals up at the break.

Liverpool were able to respond in the second 45 as Mo Salah gave them a crucial away goal shortly after the restart. Jurgen Klopp’s men were greatly improved and threatened Real’s goal a number of times but they were hit with a killer blow as Vinicius found the target once again.

That leaves Liverpool needing to score at least two goals without reply at Anfield tonight if they want to secure a place in the Champiosn League semi-finals.

EARLY TEAM NEWS

Liverpool have more than a few players missing through injury. Captain Jordan Henderson and striker Divock Origi are both still side-lined with injury whilst defenders Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip are long-term absentees.

For Real Madrid, Lucas Vazquez suffered a knee injury against Barcelona and has not travelled with the squad whilst Eden Hazard and Dani Carvajal are both injured. Raphael Varane and captain Sergio Ramos also miss out after testing positive for Covid-19.

LIVERPOOL ATTEMPT ANOTHER FAMOUS COMEBACK

Welcome to The Independent’s live coverage as Liverpool attempt another famous European comeback when they welcome Real Madrid to Anfield tonight in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final.

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