The last match was memorable for the Spanish team while the fans of the English team do not keep a good memory
It has been three years since the last time Real Madrid and Liverpool met. Many things have changed since that May 26, 2018 and this Tuesday, Merengues and Reds will meet again in the first leg of the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League.
The last match was memorable for the Spanish team while the fans of the English team do not keep a good memory. The protagonist of Liverpool was the goalkeeper Karius, who made two mistakes and was key for the final to end with a 3-1 in favor of Madrid. Benzema and Bale, with two goals, scored for the merengue team, while Mane discounted.
Since then, the Real Madrid saw its main figure in recent years leave the institution and has experienced the loss of prominence from other absolute holders. Meanwhile, the Liverpool He kept his main base, but found in two Brazilians the balance that they lacked to fight for the titles.
Here are the changes that both squads have undergone in the last three years:
Navas; Carvajal, Varane, Sergio Ramos and Marcelo; Casemiro, Modric, Kroos and Isco; Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo. This was Zinedine Zidane’s title team for the final against Liverpool in Kiev.
Since then, the most important departure of the squad has been that of Cristiano Ronaldo, who said goodbye to the biggest European champion that night to play for Juventus, where he is currently. Curiously, his name is the subject of speculation about a possible return to the Santiago Bernabéu, since the failures of the you in Europe they have continued with it.
Keylor Navas, current Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper, also left. Instead, the Real Madrid hired Courteous, although he did not find a suitable substitute for CR7. The big bet was Eden Hazard, who has suffered with various injuries and has not shown the same level that allowed him to shine in Chelsea.
There were other changes to the team. Ferland Mendy occupied the place on the left wing that for years was owned Marcelo. Isco also lost space and oscillates between the starting eleven and the bench, while Carvajal and Sergio Ramos are injured. On the other hand, young people like Vázquez, Valverde and Vinicius Jr., they have a chance to start against the Anfield team.
Jürgen Klopp sent the following lineup to the end of the Champions League 2017-18: Karius; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk y Robertson; Henderson, Wijnaldum y Milner; Salah, Firmino y Mané.
The big differences appear in the goal and in the midfield, sectors in which the Brazilians Alisson and Fabinho took the position and helped raise the level of the team, which won the Champions the following season and then rose to the title of the Premier League.
In the current team, there are other new names: the Turk Pumpkin in defense, to fill the vacancy of the injured Virgil van Dijk, the Brazilian naturalized Spanish, Thiago Alcântara, who is increasingly comfortable in the center of the field and Diogo Jota, Portuguese who stands out in the attack.
On the other hand, the goalkeeper Karius currently militates in the Union Berlin, and the defender Lovren is part of Zenit. They are the only ones who are not part of the current staff. Henderson, for his part, is still recovering from injury and will therefore not be available to play against him. Real Madrid.