IT'S a Champions League grudge match as 2018 winners Real Madrid take on 2019 winners Liverpool.
The sides have not met each other since the Spaniards ran out 3-1 winners in a controversial 2018 final in Kiev.
On that night, Sergio Ramos went unpunished after forcing Liverpool's Mo Salah off with a shoulder injury.
Both teams were comfortable winners in their Champions League last 16 matches with Liverpool overcoming RB Leipzig and Real Madrid defeating Atalanta.
What time does Real Madrid vs Liverpool kick off?
- Real Madrid take on Liverpool on Tuesday, April 6.
- The match kicks off at 8pm UK time – 9pm in Spain.
- It will be played at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano as the Bernabeu is currently being renovated.
- The second leg will take place eight days later on Wednesday, April 14.
- Porto or Chelsea await the winner in the Champions League semi-final.
What TV channel is Real Madrid vs Liverpool on and can I live stream it?
- Real Madrid vs Liverpool is live on BT Sport 2.
- Coverage commences at 7pm – 45 minute before kick-off.
- To stream the game live, head to the BT Sport website or app.
Can I watch Real Madrid vs Liverpool for free?
- EE customers can get BT Sport INCLUDED to their plan at no extra cost if they are on a plan with Smart Benefits – simply log in to EE and choose BT Sport app.
- And then get it on the big screen by texting SPORT to 150 to get a FREE three-month trial of large screen so you can cast all the action on your TV.
- At the end of the three months you will automatically roll onto the £15 per month subscription unless cancelled.
Pantomime villain Sergio Ramos is out of this game for Real Madrid with an injury but Toni Kroos and Alvaro Odriozola could return.
Raphael Varane has also been ruled out for the hosts with Coronavirus, meaning backup centre-backs Eder Militao and Nacho are likely to fill in.
Eden Hazard has returned to training but faces a race against time to be fit for this one, as do Dani Carvajal and Federico Valverde.
Ozan Kabak and Nat Phillips could continue in the middle for Liverpool as their defensive crisis continues.
James Milner came into the midfield for the 3-0 win at Arsenal at the weekend and could well keep his place in Spain.
Diogo Jota netted twice at the Emirates as a sub and will be hoping to earn a starting berth after six goals in his last four games for club and country.
Real Madrid 17/10
- Sam Dymond
REAL CARRY KARIM THREAT
Karim Benzema has often had to play second (or even third) fiddle to Real Madrid's megastars since his arrival in 2009, but – as he approaches the end of his career – he will surely be remembered as one of the club's great strikers.
Last month, the 33-year-old became only the fifth player to score 70 Champions League goals, joining Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Robert Lewandowski and Raul on an impressive list.
The Frenchman also has a fine record against Liverpool, having scored in all three of his Champions League appearances against the Premier League club, netting four times in total. No player has ever scored more against the Merseysiders in the competition.
- Sam Dymond
MADRID LAND FINAL BLOW
It's just under three years since Real Madrid won their 13th European crown with a 3-1 victory over Liverpool at the Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Ukraine – a night that Reds fans recall for all the wrong reasons.
Here's how SunSport reported on the drama from Kyiv…
A moment of sadness, goalkeeper madness and sheer genius ended Liverpool’s dream of a sixth European crown. This final will be remembered for two monumental blunders from Loris Karius, but in between those gold-plated gaffes was a devastating injury to Mo Salah when he was crocked by Sergio Ramos' dark arts, before Bale scored one of the most incredible goals in a Champions League final.
- Sam Dymond
GIANTS OF THE GAME
Real Madrid and Liverpool have 19 European titles between them.
Will it be one of their names once again on the trophy come the end of May?
- Sam Dymond
Welcome to SunSport’s live coverage of the Champions League quarter-final first leg tie between Real Madrid and Liverpool.
We’re in the Spanish capital as two of the most successful club sides in European football history face off again as the champions of their respective countries – and while neither are enjoying the best of title defences domestically, the opportunity to rule the continent is presenting itself once again.
This evening’s game marks a first meeting since the 2018 final when Madrid’s 13th European title was most unlucky for Liverpool.
On a night to forget for the Anfield club, Gareth Bale’s overhead kick and Loris Karius’ blunders ensured a 3-1 success for the Spaniards after Mohamed Salah had departed early, injured and in tears, at the hands of Sergio Ramos.
If the Premier League side have been waiting for revenge, then they will have to take it out on the opposition and not the individual. A calf injury sustained on recent international duty has ensured Real captain Ramos will miss out on a reunion with the Reds.
And Los Blancos suffered a further blow this morning with the news that Raphael Varane has tested positive for Covid-19, meaning Zinedine Zidane will be without his two first-choice central defenders.
Liverpool, of course, have had centre-back issues of their own this season, but the rookie pairing of Nathaniel Phillips and Ozak Kabak have begun to find their feet in the middle of Jurgen Klopp’s back four.
The defensive partnership have been key in clocking up three successive wins and clean sheets in all competitions, most recently during Saturday’s 3-0 victory at Arsenal.
Klopp will have the same squad to select from in Spain, but remains without long-term absentees Jordan Henderson, Joe Gomez, Joel Matip and Virgil van Dijk.
We’ll bring you confirmation of tonight’s teams shortly as part of our pre-match build-up before the action gets underway at Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano at 8pm.
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