Klopp on Real mission: ‘If there’s a 1 percent chance, I’d like to try’
Liverpool face a colossal task to keep Champions League live hopes when they receive real Madrid in the last 16 rematch tonight. The Reds have a tough fight ahead and must break a three-goal lead. Lost first game 5-2 at Anfield.
It will take a heroic comeback from Europe commemorating their famous 2019 victory over Barcelona for Liverpool to reach the quarter-finals, but their form this season has been terribly inconsistent and it was a tough match to predict.
by Jurgen KloppHis men have the firepower to distract Madrid, who recently beat their Premier League rivals Manchester United 7-0, but at times they have been upsetting on the defensive – their victory over United beat Bournemouth to the bottom of the table.
Meanwhile, Real won in the LaLiga over the weekend, but fell behind Barcelona, who seemed determined to take the local title, and left. by Carlo Ancelotti The party will focus on defending the European crown. Young Vinicius And Kerim Benzema At Anfield they smashed Liverpool’s defense and will want to put a sign that says Madrid will once again be beaten in Europe’s biggest rivalry.
Follow the action as Liverpool chases after European glory as they face Real Madrid:
Real Madrid vs Liverpool
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Michael Jones15 March 2023 18:55
Carlo Ancelotti insists Real Madrid will attack Liverpool
real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti Despite Jurgen Klopp’s side facing a seemingly impossible task at the Bernabeu, it makes no assumptions about what awaits Liverpool.
This Champions League The owners rallied to win 5-2 after two early goals at Anfield, and these three goal pads – combined with the fact that they have only failed to score once in their last 66 home games in Europe – have apparently put them on the brink of the top. quarterfinals.
However, as AC Milan manager, Ancelotti, who suffered a notable 45-minute comeback by Liverpool to win the 2005 final, is not taking anything lightly and could also point to their quarter-final rematch, which they lost to Chelsea at home last season. 3-2 but progressed thanks to a 3-1 win at Stamford Bridge.
Michael Jones15 March 2023 18:51
Team change at Liverpool
Injuries have strained Jurgen Klopp’s hand when it comes to team changes. Ibrahima Konate replaces Joel Matip and James Milner enters the midfield.
Diogo Jota will likely start on the top as Liverpool start the game with their four strongest offensive options.
Injuries to Jordan Henderson and Stefan Bajcetic mean they missed the game.
Michael JonesMarch 15, 2023, 18:47
Liverpool’s starting eleven
Liverpool XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Milner, Gakpo, Salah, Jota, Nunez
Michael Jones15 March 2023 18:44
Pre-match statements from Carlo Ancelotti
“Our message to the team is simple: Just like in the first game, we must try to play as well as we can. We will not try to make any calculations, we need to be in the game from the first minute.
We must enter the match with maximum intensity and enthusiasm and try to win. We will not be satisfied with the advantage we have. It will be an open game, we want to attack and play our best offensive football.”
Michael Jones15 March 2023 18:43
Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool ready to chase ‘one percent’ chance against Real Madrid
They brought the first leg back to the Spanish capital 5-2, and as Klopp raised his assessment three weeks ago, he said: Madrid It’s already over, the odds haven’t changed much in their favor.
Liverpool also have no history on their side, as they have only once overhauled the three-goal debut European deficit – their famous Champions League semi-final win 4-0 against Barcelona in 2019.
No team in the history of the competition has recovered by losing the home leg of a knockout draw by three goals, only four clearing a three-goal debut deficit.
Michael Jones15 March 2023 18:39
Pre-match comments from Jurgen Klopp
“I said three weeks ago after the game that Madrid finished; Now we know it’s a game to be played. Even if there is only a 1% chance, we have to try.
“We have nothing to lose and it’s a better situation than you can lose everything. Frankly, I would have preferred Carlo to defend his position, a three-goal lead.”
Michael Jones15 March 2023 18:34
Real Madrid’s roster changes
Carlo Ancelotti made two changes to the game-dominating Real Madrid side at Anfield.
David Alaba and Rodrygo are replaced by Nacho and Toni Kroos.
Michael Jones15 March 2023 18:29
Real Madrid starting 11
Real Madrid XI: Courtois, Carvajal, Militao, Rudiger, Nacho, Kroos, Modric, Camavinga, Valverde, Benzema, Vinicius Jr.
Michael Jones15 March 2023 18:24
Real Madrid vs Liverpool prediction
There’s no fairy tale comeback for Liverpool this time around and the reigning champions will advance to the last eight with a comfortable win.
Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool (7-3 agg).
Michael Jones15 March 2023 18:20