Liverpool head to Spain on Wednesday needing to overturn a 5-2 first-leg deficit in their UEFA Champions League last 16 tie with Real Madrid.
The Reds have suffered with inconsistency all season. After thrashing Manchester United 7-0, Jurgen Klopp’s side fell to a tame defeat at Bournemouth on Saturday to leave them six points off the Premier League’s top four.
Real showed their European pedigree in the first game but are well off the La Liga title race pace set by Barcelona, with nine points separating the sides.
With Real looking for simple progression and Liverpool in need of a miracle, here’s what you need to know for Wednesday’s clash.
Real Madrid team news
Carlo Ancelotti is missing both Ferland Mendy and David Alaba at left back. Eduardo Camavinga looked a little uncomfortable playing there against Espanyol, so the more defensively minded Nacho Fernandez may start instead.
Karim Benzema is expected to come into the starting XI to replace Rodrygo in what may be the only other change from the weekend’s team, though he has been struggling with an ankle problem in recent weeks.
Real Madrid predicted lineup (4-3-3):
Courtois; Carvajal, Militao, Rudiger, Nacho; Modric, Tchouameni, Kroos; Valverde, Benzema, Junior.
Liverpool team news
Manager Klopp may ditch Harvey Elliott and promote stalwart Jordan Henderson back into his starting team. Former Barcelona midfielder Thiago remains out.
Joining the Spain international on the sidelines are Luis Diaz, Joe Gomez, Calvin Ramsay and most likely Naby Keita, who still needs to be assessed.
Liverpool predicted lineup (4-3-3):
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Bajcetic; Salah, Gakpo, Nunez.