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Liverpool have done it before but will need to be at their very best if they are to shock Real Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday.

The Reds will start 3-1 behind after a poor showing in Spain which left them on the brink of crashing out of the competition they have been dominating for a few years; in  the 2017-18 campaign they lost to Real Madrid before beating defeating Tottenham Hotspur to win the 2018-19 title.


“When you’re 3-1 down, it looks like we’re already out so we have nothing to lose and will try,” said Jurgen Klopp.

“To beat Real Madrid you have to defend at your highest level and also create.”

The home fans will be keen to restore memories from two seasons ago when they progressed to the finals despite losing 3-0 away at Barcelona. Klopp masterminded a 4-0 home win on that occasion. Two years before that, they were well behind against Dortmund but scored two goals in 24 minutes to go through.

“You don’t get a comeback because you had one in the past,” said Klopp.

“We cannot just take comebacks for granted, especially not without a crowd in the stadium. We have to create our own atmosphere for this game.”

Klopp is likely to recall Sadio Mane leaving him to decide between Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota as the third attacker alongside Mohamad Salah.

The winners of this clash play Chelsea, who lost to Porto but advanced 2-1 on aggregate.

The main talking point from the Spanish camp is that Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos will be unavailable. Ruled out through injury in the first-leg win, Ramos has subsequently tested positive for the coronavirus.

Defensive duo Dani Carvajal (hamstring), and Raphael Varane (calf) remain sidelined along with Eden Hazard.

“We need to play another great game to get through to the semi-final and we’re going to try and win this game. We will need to compete well and attack as a unit and we’re ready for this return leg,” said manager Zinedine Zidane.

Suggested bet: Draw at 3.84

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