Second leg: Madrid set to repeat results again over Liverpool


Liverpool will try to turn around their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie against Real Madrid on Thursday. But even before they could enter the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, Liverpool received a huge blow as mid-fielders Jordan Henderson and Stefan Bajcetic will miss the Champions League action.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp revealed the situation of both players in the pre-match conference: “He (Stefan Bajcetic) is not available to play. He has a stress response and an adductor injury. He is out for, I don’t know, we’ll let it settle.” Henderson will also not feature due to illness, Klopp said. Liverpool lost the first leg against Los Blancos by a score line of 5-2. In order to turn this tie around in their favour they will need to win by at least a margin of three goals. While many have already written off Liverpool even before the second leg, Klopp believes that they still have a chance because they have “nothing to lose.”
Even after the Reds lost their game against Bournemouth over the weekend, Real Madrid manager Caro Ancelotti still believes that Liverpool has the ability to turn the dynamics of this fixture. In the pre-match conference, he said, “The message is quite simple: not to assume,” said the Italian.
Likes of Mohamed Salah, Diogo Jota, Cody Gakpo, Trent Alexander Arnold, and Virgil Van Dijk could play a pivotal role in turning the tides of this tie. For Real Madrid Karim Benzema, Vinicius Junior and Federico Valverde will put up a fight for the hosts.