Owen's Liverpool vs Real Madrid prediction as Reds eye Champions League comeback


We’ve seen them do it before.

Olympiakos, AC Milan, Barcelona.

But is overturning their 3-1 semi-final first leg deficit to Real Madrid a stretch too far for Liverpool in the Champions League this season?

The Reds were soundly beaten by Zinedine Zidane’s side on Madrid’s training pitch last week, and welcome their opponents to Anfield without the presence of their ’12th man’ on Wednesday.

A place in the last four against Chelsea awaits – evoking a sense of deja vu with a place in the Istanbul final up for grabs.

Yet Liverpool are not the same animal this season as they have been in recent years, and former Reds forward Michael Owen feels they may have too much still left to do to progress to the next round.



Liverpool face a battle to make it through to the semis but have come back from worse situations
Liverpool face a battle to make it through to the semis but have come back from worse situations

“Liverpool were slightly under-par away in Spain last week, but they bounced back with a win at Anfield against Aston Villa on Saturday,” Owen told BetVictor .

“Although they weren’t at their best, it will certainly give them confidence going into this one.

“Anfield has witnessed some incredible European comebacks in the past, and although I think Liverpool have enough to win on the night, I do believe they’ll come up just short in the tie overall. It’s 2-1 to the home side for me.”

Liverpool will have been buoyed by Trent Alexander-Arnold’s late winner against Villa, but Real’s confidence is sky-high after ripping apart rivals Barcelona to close the gap on La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid.

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Jurgen Klopp has urged his side to forget about history if they want to progress
Jurgen Klopp has urged his side to forget about history if they want to progress

However, Zidane’s options have been diminished since last week’s tie, as right-back Lucas Vasquez has been ruled out of the clash through injury.

Neither Sergio Ramos nor Raphael Varane are available for the fixture either, having tested positive for coronavirus which also forced them out of the first leg.

Real are also sweating over the fitness of Toni Kroos, who was substituted towards the end of the clash with Barcelona, though is expected to play a part.

Meanwhile Jurgen Klopp has warned his side that history means nothing in the Champions League, and only a top performance will see them make it through.

“You don’t get a comeback because you had a comeback in the past,” Klopp said, via The Guardian . “You only have a chance if you play really good football in the present.

“The situation is clear. We should not concede and if we can create more than we did at Madrid, and that should be possible because we didn’t have a lot, then we will see what we get.

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





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