Liverpool will face Real Madrid in the first leg of knockout stage of 2022/23 UEFA Champions League
Liverpool and Real Madrid will be against each other in the second leg of 2022/23 Champions League knockout stage (Round Of 16).
The last time these giants clashed, Real Madrid defeated Liverpool 5-2 in the first leg of 2022/23 Champions League.
Their last five meetings have been extremely exhilarating with Madrid winning three of those last five meetups.
Date: Wednesday, March 16, 2023
Time: 1:30 PM IST
Location: Santiago Bernabéu
TV: Sony Sports Network
Live Stream: Sony LIV, Jio TV (India)
Liverpool possible starting lineup: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Bajcetic, Fabinho, Henderson; Salah, Gakpo, Jota
Real Madrid possible starting lineup: Courtois; Carvajal, Militao, Rudiger, Alaba; Ceballos, Camavinga, Modric; Valverde, Benzema, Vinicius Jr
Liverpool predicted lineup vs Real Madrid (4-3-3)
GK: Alisson – Impressive against Newcastle, the Brazilian stopper is coming into this one with momentum on his side.
RB: Trent Alexander-Arnold – The sight of Alexander-Arnold bending the ball behind Newcastle’s defence for Darwin Nunez to score was a welcome one for Liverpool fans. More of that, please.
CB: Joe Gomez – With Ibrahima Konate still injured, Gomez looks to have won the battle to be the new secondary centre-back.
CB: Virgil van Dijk – An emphatic return from injury has reminded everyone just how impactful Van Dijk really is.
LB: Andy Robertson – The right side of Real Madrid’s attack can be a little tough to predict so Robertson will have to be switched on.
DM: Fabinho – Contributing to two clean sheets in his last two games, Fabinho is flirting with a renaissance.
CM: Stefan Bajcetic – The best midfielder at Liverpool this season is starting to get some recognition in his homeland of Spain and a good performance against Real might lead to an international call-up.
CM: Jordan Henderson – Henderson’s leadership could be more important than anything he does on the ball, particularly with Bajcetic next to him preparing for the biggest game of his career to date.
RW: Mohamed Salah – Salah has seven goals in his last five Champions League games. That sort of form would go down a treat here.
ST: Cody Gakpo – After a little adjustment period, Gakpo appears to be working out how to play as Liverpool’s central striker.
LW: Diogo Jota – Darwin Nunez’s shoulder injury could keep him out of the starting lineup for this one, with Jota the most likely replacement.