Liverpool team news and predicted XI vs Real Madrid

The Reds face a monumental challenge to stay in the competition.

Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp head to the Santiago Bernabeu knowing that they need to produce one of the all time great Champions League performances to head through to the next round of the competition.

The Reds were routed 5-2 at Anfield, falling apart in the second half to throw away a 2-0 lead and fall to one of their worst defeats of the Jurgen Klopp era.

And though they have proven that they are capable of scoring plenty, routing Manchester United 7-0 ten days ago, they are in mixed form, following that result with a 1-0 defeat to Bournemouth at the Vitality stadium.

To progress at the expense of Real Madrid, the Reds will need to score four goals without reply, though winning by three would take the tie to extra time and potentially penalties.

Here is the latest team news for Klopp’s side, and how we expect the Reds to line up in the Spanish capital.

Predicted XI

Team News

There is unlikely to be too much change from the defeat at Anfield, though Ibrahima Konate’s return from injury will come as a massive boost to the reds following Joe Gomez’s performance in the first leg.

One big decision for Klopp to make will come in midfield. Harvey Elliot started the game against Bournemouth but was withdrawn at half time for a more defensive option, and despite knowing that they need at least three goals to progress, Elliot could once again find himself among the substitutes at the Bernabeu.

It could mean a return for Stefan Bajcetic in midfield, alongside the more experienced pair of Jordan Henderson and Fabinho, while the front three is likely to remain the same following their impressive performances against the Red Devils.

Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota will both be excellent options from the substitutes bench, should Liverpool need to find goals in the second half to head through.

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Ben Browning

Ben Browning

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