Champions league preview: Liverpool vs Real Madrid

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What happened in the first leg?

Madrid were at their wily best, taking charge of the tie with a 3-1 win in the Spanish capital. The Merengues’ canny midfield were at the heart of that victory, though two goals from Vinícius Júnior and one from Marco Asensio ultimately did the damage.

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Form guide

Liverpool
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Latest: Liverpool 2-1 Aston Villa, 10/04
Where they stand: 6th in Premier League

Real Madrid
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Latest: Real Madrid 2-1 Barcelona, 10/04
Where they stand: 2nd in Liga

Possible line-ups

Liverpool: Alisson Becker; Alexander-Arnold, Ozan Kabak, Phillips, Robertson; Thiago, Fabinho, Wijnaldum; Salah, Jota, Mané00:00 of 01:53Volume 0% Liverpool vs Real Madrid down the years

Real Madrid: Courtois; Odriozola, Nacho, Éder Militão, Mendy; Kroos, Casemiro, Modrić; Asensio, Benzema, Vinícius Júnior

View from the camps

Jürgen Klopp, Liverpool manager: “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.”

Zinédine Zidane, Real Madrid coach: “We’ve come here to win, and that’s what we are going to try and do. We’ve spoken about how after the first leg and Barcelona at the weekend we put a lot into the games physically, but we’re used to that kind of effort. This side always pulls together whenever its backs are against the wall and that shows the character we have. We are going to fight all the way on two fronts. We are alive in both competitions and we will go for them until the end.”

Source: UEFA