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Champions League 2020-21 Preview: Real Madrid CF vs Liverpool

Following their resounding victory in the Premier League over the hosts Arsenal Fc, Liverpool Fc (The Reds) are scheduled to play against the hosts Real Madrid CF in the First Leg of the Champions League 2020-21 Quarter-final.

Date: 06 April 2021 (Tuesday) ; Time: 8:00 p.m (BST) kick-off ; Venue: Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, Madrid, Spain.

Unlike having to play their Champions League 2020-21 Round of 16 clashes with RB Leipzig on a neutral venue, the Reds this time are allowed to play in Spain in accordance with the current travelling guidelines of British Government in relation to COVID-19 Pandemic.

By naming Georginio Wijnaldum and in form Diogo Jota among the substitutes for the Arsenal Fc Premier League away encounter, Jürgen Klopp might have given an indication on the possible starting XI.

Others like Curtis Jones, Naby Keïta, Xherdan Shaqiri, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and so on might also be considered for the Match-day squad.

In terms of the most recent encounter between the two teams; Goalkeeping blunders from Loris Karius eventually resulted in the Reds losing the Champions League 2017-18 Final to Real Madrid CF 3-1.

 

Reds Team Injuries and Suspensions: Divock Origi was ruled out due to an unspecified muscle injury prior to the Wolverhampton Wanderers Fc away fixture.

Youngster Caoimhín Kelleher has been sidelined for the foreseeable future due to an unspecified injury that seems to be a stomach muscle tear.

Captain Jordan Henderson was expected to return after the March International Break 2021 following a successful corrective surgery on the adductor injury sustained during the Everton Fc home clash. Everyone connected with the Club will be hoping for the Skipper’s speedy return as the Englishman faces a race against time to be fit. His return will be a massive lift for the injury-plagued Reds.

Joël Matip is out of action for the rest of the Season, after the Cameroonian sustained a ankle ligament damage during the Tottenham Hotspur Fc away game.

After undergoing successful surgeries on their injured knees; Joe Gomez and Virgil Van Dijk are currently working on regaining full fitness.

No timescale has been set on the return of the Defensive Trio as they are unlikely to play this campaign.

 

Verdict: Despite having Club Legend Zinedine Zidane back at the helm around March 2019, Real Madrid CF are not the same force to be reckoned with as they were few years ago.

The La Liga Giants too have their fair share of problems with frequent injuries to Players, lack of quality bench options (particularly in the midfield), ageing squad and many others.

Despite downplaying the “Arm Grabbing” incident that resulted in the shoulder injury, Mohamed Salah still will have a personal score to settle against Real Madrid CF.

Regardless when the Reds face Real Madrid CF, fearless mindset is required.

 

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