Liverpool to face Real Madrid in the Champions League

Liverpool will face Spanish champions Real Madrid in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Six-time winners Liverpool will face 13-time winners Real Madrid for a place in the semi-final of the competition. Where they will either face Chelsea or FC Porto should they get past Zidane’s men.

This Liverpool side and their fans will be seeking revenge against Madrid after the 2018 final. The game will always be remembered for the performance of then keeper Loris Karius. As the Reds left Kyiv disheartened especially given their performance on the night and the early loss of Mohamed Salah. 

The 2018 final was the last time we saw Karius start in goal for Liverpool competitively. ALL RIGHTS RESEREVED BY GOAL.

Interestingly, this was not the two sides only meeting in this competition, having met three times previous. They met in 1981 (winning 1-0 in the final), 2009 (winning 5-0 on aggregate) and 2014 (losing 4-0 on aggregate).

However, this tie comes as a welcome distraction for both teams with their domestic form below previous standards. The Reds find themselves in sixth place in the Premier League and five points behind fourth-placed Chelsea. Whereas, Madrid find themselves third in La Liga behind rivals FC Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.

Liverpool’s domestic form since the turn of the year has become a crisis. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED BY CGTN.

The biggest thing to come from this draw was Liverpool avoiding the ‘stronger’ sides until the final. With a repeat of last year’s final between Bayern Munich vs PSG and Pep’s Manchester City to face Klopp’s former side Borussia Dortmund on the other side of the draw.

Overall Liverpool should feel confident that they can at least be able to get to the final of this year’s competition. A mixture of been there done that and the return of Fabinho and Diogo Jota will breathe confidence into this side.

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