Real Madrid vs Liverpool Quarter Final First-Leg Prediction: UCL 2020/21
- Two of the most reputed names in world football are set to lock horns with each other as it is Real Madrid vs Liverpool in the Champions League quarter-final 2020-21.
- Real Madrid are set to host the Reds in the first leg at the Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium, and it will be interesting to see which European giant fares well.
The two sides have 19 Champions League trophies between them, which makes it clear that Real Madrid vs Liverpool Champions League quarter-final 2020-21 is anticipated to be one of the fiercest ties this season.
The Los Blancos have managed to clinch 13 of them, with the Reds winning six, their latest one coming in the 2018/19 season, a season later after they lost to Real Madrid in the competition's finale.
Real Madrid vs Liverpool Champions League quarter-final 2021 Head-to-head
For the head-to-head records, have a look at how both the teams turned out in their last five meetings. Click here to know the outcomes of their recent meetings in years.
Real Madrid are the undisputed legends of the competition, not only because they have the most European Cups but because they have also managed to win it four times in the last seven years.
However, since Cristiano Ronaldo's departure in 2018, Real Madrid have crashed out of the competition in the Round of 16 in both seasons.
Real Madrid almost dropped into the Europa League this season after a shambolic start to their group stage campaign. However, after suffering badly in the first three games, they sprung back harder in the final three games of the group stage.
Real Madrid vs Liverpool Champions League quarter-final 2021 is a challenge for them too, especially how Liverpool have transformed since their last meeting.
It is safe to say that the Reds are not at their absolute best but their recent displays have been shreds of evidence of how the form is temporary but the class is permanent.
Liverpool lost at Anfield against Atalanta in the Champions League group stages but still topped their group, claiming 13 points from a possible 18.
The Reds then took down Julian Nagelsmann's RB Leipzig 2-0 in both the legs that took place at a neutral venue and will now battle Real Madrid to proceed.
A win away could mean a lot to the English side but they would also be naive because of their recent form at home, a place where winning was almost out of option once.
However, they still have to be a lot to be proud of, being the third-most successful team in the competition only behind Real Madrid, AC Milan (7), and equal to Bayern Munich who have also won the competition six times.
Real Madrid vs Liverpool Champions League quarter-final 2021 Team News
Real Madrid will be without the services of their skipper Sergio Ramos, who is out due to a calf concern. Dani Carvajal and Federico Valverde are sidelined too, while Eden Hazard will also fail to help his side play against English opponents, where his presence could've mattered a lot.
For the Reds, Jordan Henderson, Joel Matip, Joe Gomez, and Virgil Van Dijk are confirmed absentees. Apart from these players, Klopp has all other options available.
Real Madrid vs Liverpool Champions League quarter-final 2021 Lineups
Real Madrid possible starting lineup:
Courtois; Varane, Militao, Nacho; Vazquez, Modric, Casemiro, Kroos, Mendy; Vinicius, Benzema
Real Madrid vs Liverpool Quarter Final First Leg Prediction
Real Madrid haven't been their best without their skipper. This would be one of the tests for them, while Liverpool's better away form would also be in Zinedine Zidane's mind. The game could go either way as Madrid have the potential to surprise any side in the competition.
If the Los Blancos midfield takes complete charge of the game just like they did in the last round, Madrid have a great opportunity to go ahead in the second leg. But Klopp would also have a concocted plan to disrupt the host's midfield.
Sportco predicts a draw between Real Madrid and Liverpool in the first leg of their quarter final tie at the Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium.