Liverpool will travel to Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday night, hoping to make a comeback to prolong their European journey in this second-leg encounter. The Reds suffered a disappointing 5-2 defeat in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League round of 16, so they will need to be on top of their game to produce a historical comeback in this midweek encounter.
Jurgen Klopp will probably opt for a 4-2-3-1 formation and is expected to make a few changes to the playing XI for this contest. Diogo Jota could return to the final third, acting as an advanced attacking midfielder to apply more pressure on the Madrid defenders. At the same time, Cody Gakpo will lead the line down the middle.
4-2-3-1 Liverpool Predicted XI Vs Real Madrid
Alisson Becker will continue to feature in between the sticks for the Reds after keeping a clean sheet in his last league outing against Bournemouth. Ibrahima Konate will resume his defensive partnership with Virgil Van Dijk at the heart of Liverpool’s backline as they try to keep things solid at the back throughout the game.
Trent Alexander-Arnold will keep his place as the right-back while Andrew Robertson continues on the other flank as the left-back. Both of them need to carry most of the creative burden for the Reds from the wide areas.
Kostas Tsimikas and Joel Matip will be available for selection on the bench as they offer cover for the defensive positions.
Fabinho and Jordan Henderson will anchor Liverpool’s midfield as they try to dominate the possession in the middle of the park. They will have to find a way to create more opportunities for their teammates in front of the goal.
Stefan Bejacetic will take a spot on the bench as he waits for the chance to make an impact in the second half if required.
Darwin Nunez will keep his place on the left wing while Mohamed Salah looks to make a difference from the right. Both of them need to stretch the opposition’s backline to provide support from the wide areas.
As mentioned earlier, Diogo Jota will play as the advanced attacking midfielder looking to create some clear-cut goal-scoring chances in the final third, while Cody Gapko will lead the line down the middle for the Merseyside outfit
All of them will need to be on top of their game to find the back of the net to come out victorious from this European contest.
Roberto Firmino will have to be content with a spot on the bench and might come on to influence the game in the final quarter if the Reds are in need of a goal by then.