Liverpool will have a tall task, going into this match three goals down after losing 5-2 in Real Madrid in the first leg, they will now need to overcome their away fixtures in a major way to qualify for the last eight of the Champions League. The Reds have shown they can score goals in bunches, sweeping wide Manchester United 7-0 but then they went and lost 1-0 to Bournemouth showing why they only have three away wins in the Premier League.
But Real Madrid haven’t been infallible either, having won just one of their last four games since the first win over Liverpool. Los Blancos have faced an uncharacteristic scoring drought. Facing top La Liga teams such as Atletico MADRID, Barcelonaand Real Betisthey scored just one goal before breaking out to score three against Espanyol. It’s hard to tell which Real Madrid team will turn up in a match and that alone makes this clash an exciting one.
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How to watch and odds
Date: Wednesday, Mar. 15 | year: 4 p.m. ET
Location: Estadio Santiago Bernabeu — Madrid, Spain
TV: None | Live broadcast: Paramount+
Chance: RMA +130; Draw +270; LIV +180 (via Caesars Sportsbook)
Selected game | Real Madrid vs Liverpool
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For 15 minutes, Liverpool were in dreamland as goals from Darwin Nunez and Mohamed Salah saw the Reds take the lead, but they were unable to sustain their momentum, leaving five goals unanswered at home, including the post. Vinicius Jr and Karim Benzema. This is a loss that can damage a team’s psyche, but surprisingly, most of the numbers were even outside of the final advantage on the score sheet.
Alison He was not covered in glory, allowing five of nine shots on goal, while Liverpool missed two big chances. The Reds even won the expected goal battle, but none of that matters as they will need to come out of the gate quickly in the second leg to get back into the tie. The defense will be an afterthought as Jurgen Klopp needs goals, goals and more goals to overturn this deficit.
Real Madrid: Finally ending their scoring streak against Espanyol couldn’t have come at a better time for Real Madrid. Only without Ferland Mendy and David AlabaCarlo Ancelotti will have a full squad to choose from, most importantly that means Aurelien Tchouameni will be at the base of the midfield. Tchouameni has become one of the most important players for Los Blancos this season and with him pulling the strings, the team will have a more balanced attack with him in midfield.
Liverpool: In midfield, Klopp will have a few worries in this match. Tiago was already on the sidelines but Naby Keita, Jordan Henderson and Stefan Bejcetic they will all lose the race leading to a possible pairing of Harvey Elliott and Fabinho behind a group of attackers. Joe Gomez, Luis Diaz and Calvin Ramsey he will also lose the match.
After missing a penalty against Bournemouth, Mohamed Salah will be looking for a bounce-back performance but will need support from Cody Gakpo and Darwin Nunez to do so.
Player to watch
Real Madrid: Vini Jr. One of the most talented wingers in the world, Vinny Jr. has already taken advantage of his game Trent Alexander-Arnold in the first leg by marking beam as you can see from the touch map below. But he can flit in and out of games for Real Madrid easily getting kicked out on days when he is not in top form. Depending on who Vinny Jr turns up, Real Madrid could either score another five goals or concede five goals in the match.
He has 19 goals and nine assists this season but has scored in just three league or Champions Leauge games since February. Some of that is down to Karim Benzema’s fitness, but for Real Madrid to be at their best, Vini Jr has to be at his best.
Liverpool: Darwin Nunez. While Salah’s importance to the club is undeniable, Darwin’s good performances usually lead to good Liverpool performances. With 14 goals and four assists this season, Nunez has been in top form for the Reds as they have won eight of the 11 games he has scored. While he scored in the first leg against Real Madrid, the rest of the team couldn’t back up that performance.
Fast forward to the Manchester United game, the entire front three found the net and rolled to victory, something Klopp will need in this match. Diogo Jota he could start to help provide more support, but Nunez is at his best and only thinking about attacking, which is how this fight will shape up.
An early goal will give Liverpool hope again, but once Real Madrid equalise, the wind will be out of their sails before the match goes down the road. Vinny Junior and Karim Benzema will hit the net in another landmark performance for Los Blancos. CHOOSE: Real Madrid 3, Liverpool 1