Kick-off: 2000, 14/04/2021
TV: BT Sport
Liverpool’s defensive frailties were cruelly exposed by Real Madrid in Spain but we feel this Champions League quarter-final tie is far from over.
The Reds finished the first leg strongly and can draw on the experience of plenty of past Anfield fightbacks for encouragement ahead of the return fixture.
We’re happy to take Evens for Jurgen Klopp’s side to at least win on the night for our initial Liverpool vs Real Madrid prediction.
A Look At Liverpool’s Betting Odds
Starting such a high-profile match with Ozan Kabak and Nat Phillips at the back was always a worry while Trent Alexander-Arnold’s patchy form only added further cause for concern.
Such fears proved well founded as Vinicius Junior raced past Phillips to slot a superb Tony Kroos through ball past Alisson and Marco Asensio pounced on a misplaced Alexander-Arnold header.
Mohamed Salah’s snapshot pulled one back but Vinicius Junior was given too much space in the box by Phillips and Alexander-Arnold and fired into the bottom corner for 3-1.
Liverpool will recall what they did to Barcelona in the 2019 semi-final second leg, when they won 4-0 to turn around a 3-0 deficit from the Nou Camp.
However, Klopp knows playing behind closed doors will be far different from the electric atmosphere at a packed Anfield that night.
He said: “If you want to have some emotional memories, then you watch the Barcelona game back and 80 per cent of this game was the atmosphere in the stadium, so yes, we have to do it without that.
“We don’t have that this time so I don’t know if we can do it but I can promise you we will give it a proper try.
“It must be a really tricky task for Real Madrid at Anfield with or without supporters.”
The Reds did manage to push Real back late on in Madrid, so they are capable of causing their opponents problems, but can they keep it tight at the back as well?
A Look At Real Madrid’s Betting Odds
Real are making their first quarter-final appearance in three seasons but resembled the club which has lifted this trophy a record 13 times in the opening encounter.
The Whites swept past Atalanta in the last round, prevailing 1-0 away and then 3-1 in their temporary Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium home.
Against Liverpool, veteran midfielders Kroos and Luka Modric turned back the clock to control proceedings for large parts of the game.
The pace of Vinicius was also a problem for Liverpool all night and the Brazilian’s first double in a game was well deserved.
“I am happy because of the football,” commented Zinedine Zidane. “We have to enjoy what we did.
“At the beginning of the second half, we had a bit of difficulty but at the end of the day we are happy with 3-1 as it was a huge effort.”
Real are far from infallible, though, losing to the likes of Cadiz, Alaves and Levante in La Liga this season, as well as going down twice to Shakhtar in the group stage of this competition.
Add on the fact these matches come either side of a crucial El Clasico clash with Barcelona and their progress is no foregone conclusion.
We believe the Reds can at least make things interesting and 15/4 for the hosts to oblige 2-1, 3-1 or 4-1 completes our Liverpool vs Real Madrid betting tips.
REAL MADRID 3-1 LIVERPOOL – Vinicius Junior (2), Marco Asensio + Mohamed Salah
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