Liverpool have met Real six times in history (all in this competition) – winning the first three (including 1981 final) and losing the last three (including 2018 final).
But the Reds have won one of the last eight meetings with Spanish opponents and twice in 10 encounters under Jurgen Klopp – beating Villarreal in 2016 and Barcelona in 2019 (both in semi-final return legs at Anfield).
Salah and Mane Key?
Liverpool are in the quarter-finals for the eighth time in the Champions League era.
In their European history, they have progressed from this stage on 19 of 25 occasions – the last time they failed to do so in 2008/09 against Chelsea in this competition.
And should he score, Salah will become only the fifth Reds player to score in four successive European games, following Steven Gerrard (twice), Roger Hunt, Robbie Fowler and Djibril Cisse to achieve the feat.
Seven of Diogo Jota’s last eight goals for Liverpool have come away from Anfield.
The Reds have won each of their last five games played away from Anfield in all competitions and seven of the last eight. Those include both legs of the round of 16 against RB Leipzig.
They have kept three successive clean sheets and in only four of the last 27 games have they conceded more than once.
A Team in Form
Real have won the last four games and are unbeaten in 11 since losing at home to Levante in January.
And they have scored a goal after the 85th minute in six of the last seven fixtures.
They have never been eliminated by a British team in four ties at the quarter-final stage. This is their 36th quarter-final in this competition, and they have lost only six.
Real’s Danger Man
Karim Benzema has scored four goals in three appearances against Liverpool. Along with Didier Drogba, he has most goals against Liverpool in the Champions League era.
Benzema has 70 goals in this competition and is fifth on the all-time Champions League scorers list, one goal behind fourth-placed Raul.
And the Frenchman has found the net in each of the last five games in all competitions (seven in total).
Man in the Middle
Felix Brych (Germany). Has reffed Liverpool seven times before (W4, D1, L2) and has awarded three penalties against Liverpool.
His last game the 1-0 win at Ajax on Matchday 1 this season.
He has reffed Real Madrid 10 times (W6, D2, L2). Lost the last two, including the game at Man City (1-2) in the round of 16 last season.
This Season’s Scorers
Real Madrid: Benzema 24, Casemiro 6, Asensio 5, Modric 4, Ramos 4, Vinicius Junior 4, Own goals 4, Hazard 3, Valverde 3, Kroos 2, Lucas Vasquez 2, Mendy 2, Varane 2, Diaz 1, Militao 1, Rodrygo 1
Liverpool: Salah 26, Jota 12, Mane 12, Firmino 6, Jones 4, Minamino 4, Own goals 4Wijnaldum 3, Alexander-Arnold 1, Grujic 1, Henderson 1, Matip 1, Origi 1, Robertson 1,
Shaqiri 1, Van Dijk 1