Can Liverpool (again) make one of the biggest comebacks in UEFA Champions League history (again) against a La Liga power (again)?
Liverpool heads to the Bernabeu hoping to get the better of a Real Madrid that hung an ugly 5-2 on them at Anfield.
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The Reds have been up-and-down this season and are coming off another down: a 1-0 loss to Bournemouth described by our Joe Prince-Wright as “entitled.”
Real went on a three-match winless run after the Liverpool blowout, but the competition was very good: a draw in the Madrid derby, loss to Barcelona in the Copa del Rey semifinal first leg, and draw at Betis in league play. Madrid beat Espanyol 3-1 on Saturday.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Real Madrid vs Liverpool.
How to watch Real Madrid vs Liverpool live, stream link and start time
Kickoff: 4pm ET Thursday
Stats: Via scoreboard on NBCSports.com
Online: Live Watchalong and updates from ProSoccerTalk on NBCSports’ YouTube
How to watch: TUDN, Paramount+
Key storylines & star players
Madrid overcame an early Joselu goal to beat Espanyol as Vinicius Jr, Eder Militao, and Marco Asensio all scored in the win. Toni Kroos is still looking ageless as he enters his mid-30s, and would be a guaranteed big part of this one… if we knew for sure Carlo Ancelotti wouldn’t be rotating with the Clasico Copa del Rey second leg coming up soon.
Who knows with Liverpool? Three players scored braces in the 7-0 beatdown of Manchester United and the same basic group was summarily silenced by Bournemouth. Klopp played young Harvey Elliott and Stefan Bajcetic with Fabinho in the midfield against Bournemouth. Klopp may opt to put Jordan Henderson back in for Bajcetic or even James Milner but either way can they hang with three of Kroos, Luka Modric, Eduardo Camavinga, and Fede Valverde?
Real Madrid team news, injuries, lineup options
OUT: David Alaba (hamstring), Ferland Mendy (muscular)
📋✅ Our starting XI 🆚 @LFC! #UCL pic.twitter.com/O5kJ5F7aKw
— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) March 15, 2023
Liverpool team news, injuries, lineup options
QUESTIONABLE: Naby Keita (muscular). OUT: Calvin Ramsay (knee), Thiago Alcantara (groin), Luis Diaz (knee), Joe Gomez (other)
The Reds to take on Real Madrid tonight 👊#RMALIV
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) March 15, 2023