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Real Madrid vs Liverpool Champions League preview: where to watch, predicted line-ups, team news

Where to watch, predicted line-ups, team news for the quarter-final first leg.

Georginio Wijnaldum trains with Liverpool ahead of the quarter-final against Real Madrid
Georginio Wijnaldum trains with Liverpool ahead of the quarter-final against Real Madrid Liverpool FC via Getty Images

Real Madrid host Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg on Tuesday 6 April at 21:00 CET.

Real Madrid vs Liverpool build-up

What's the story?

Two of the European Cup's most successful clubs meet in a repeat of the 2018 final. Madrid won that one before Liverpool went one better 12 months later; neither side has been going great guns in 2020/21, particularly the Reds, but both have a habit of pulling a top performance out of the bag, particularly in this competition. Madrid will have to do it without the injured Sergio Ramos, though.

Where to watch the game on TV

Fans can find their local UEFA Champions League broadcast partner(s) here.

Form guide

Watch all of Real Madrid's goals so far this season

Real Madrid

Latest: Real Madrid 2-0 Eibar, 03/04
Where they stand: 3rd in Liga


Latest: Arsenal 0-3 Liverpool, 03/04
Where they stand: 7th in Premier League

Every Liverpool goal this season so far

Possible line-ups

Real Madrid: Courtois; Nacho, Militão, Mendy; Vázquez, Modrić, Casemiro, Kroos, Marcelo; Benzema, Vinícius

Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Phillips, Kabak, Robertson; Thiago, Fabinho, Wijnaldum; Salah, Jota, Mané

Expert predictions

Joe Walker, Madrid reporter: First, the elephant in the room: Madrid are without Sergio Ramos, and in the last two seasons that has meant elimination. To compensate, they themselves need to target Liverpool's rookie centre-back duo, while Karim Benzema ought to thrive with the extra responsibility on his shoulders in Ramos's absence. That said, winning the battle in midfield and stemming the Reds' counters could prove pivotal.

Simon Hart, Liverpool reporter: Liverpool have won seven of their last eight matches away from Anfield, the last-16 double-header against Leipzig in Budapest included. Saturday's 3-0 victory at Arsenal featured a fourth successive clean sheet with centre-backs Ozan Kabak and Nathaniel Phillips playing in tandem while Diogo Jota's two goals off the bench made it six in his last four for club and country – stating a strong case for his involvement from the start against Madrid.

Match stats and facts

View from the camps

Liverpool legend Rush on Real Madrid showdown

Zinédine Zidane, Real Madrid coach: “It’s knockout football, a final, that’s going to be played over 180 minutes or more. We know what there is to come, but we’re just focused on tomorrow’s game – nothing else. It’s the most important game of the season because it’s the next one we have. We aren’t thinking about the past [2018's final]."

Jürgen Klopp, Liverpool manager: "It's exciting, exciting. It's obviously a tough draw but I am fine with it because if you look at all the other teams you think 'Oh my God' because they are all strong and all have quality. I am really looking forward to the games. It's only just over two years ago that we faced them and it was a tough night for us, so to get the chance to play them again is cool."

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