Real Madrid v Liverpool: Match in pictures
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Jurgen Klopp laughed in disbelief as it was pointed out to him how bad Liverpool’s home record had been this season. The Reds boss couldn’t contain his shock as he was interviewed before his side’s Premier League win over Aston Villa at Anfield – as Real Madrid head to the famous stadium for Wednesday’s Champions League clash.
Liverpool ended an unwanted record when they beat Villa on Saturday to register their first home win of 2021.
Klopp’s side had of course gone 68 matches without defeat at Anfield as they surged to last year’s title triumph, before their astonishing unbeaten home run was ended by Burnley back in January.
Since then, the Reds have lost to Brighton, Manchester City, Everton, Chelsea and Fulham on their own turf – before goals from Mohamed Salah and Trent-Alexander-Arnold saw them beat Villa 2-1 on Saturday to revive their top-four hopes.
And as he prepared to be interviewed before Saturday’s game, Klopp laughed as he realised just how bad his side’s record had been.
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“When was the last game we won and we had an interview, here?” the German can be seen asking LFC TV crew members before his pre-match interview, in behind-the-scenes footage captured for the latest episode of Inside Anfield.
“Against Spurs before Christmas,” came the response, with Klopp bursting into laughter in disbelief as he spluttered, “Before Christmas?!”
“Really?! It was Spurs?!” Klopp says before proceeding with the interview.
Liverpool have picked up one ‘home’ victory this calendar year – when they beat RB Leipzig 2-0 in Budapest’s Puskas Arena to wrap up a 4-0 aggregate victory in the last 16 of the Champions League.
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And Klopp and his side are hoping to add to the Reds’ long line of famous Anfield victories in European competition on Wednesday night when Real Madrid are the visitors.
Liverpool face a depleted Los Blancos side as they look to overturn a 3-1 deficit against Zinedine Zidane’s men following last week’s defeat in Spain.
Lucas Vazquez has been ruled out for the rest of the season after being forced off during his side’s El Clasico victory over Barcelona at the weekend with a knee injury.
Though he is a natural winger, the Spain international has spent the majority of the campaign at right-back due to Dani Carvajal’s ongoing injury woes.
Zidane was without first-choice defensive pairing Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane for the first leg, meaning Nacho and Eder Militao filled in at the back.
Captain Ramos will not recover from his calf injury in time for the second leg, while Varane’s involvement is also doubtful after he tested positive for coronavirus.
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