Real Madrid travel to Anfield with two key midfielders absent, but will still name a vastly experienced XI against Liverpool on Tuesday.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side make the trip to Merseyside after a 2-0 La Liga victory over Osasuna on Saturday, with talisman Karim Benzema left out.
The Frenchman is expected to return to the starting lineup on Tuesday evening, but the Spanish giants will be without a key duo in midfield.
Here’s how Real Madrid can be expected to line up against Liverpool.
Real Madrid squad and team news
Goalkeepers: Courtois, Lunin, Lopez
Defenders: Alaba, Rudiger, Militao, Nacho, Vallejo, Carvajal, Odriozola, Vazquez
Midfielders: Modric, Valverde, Camavinga, Arribas, Ceballos, Martin
Forwards: Benzema, Vinicius Jr., Rodrygo, Alvaro, Hazard, Asensio
There were some notable absentees from the 23-man squad Real Madrid confirmed on Tuesday:
- Toni Kroos and Aurelien Tchouameni haven’t travelled, having missed training on Sunday due to injuries
- Karim Benzema is included after sitting out Real’s win over Osasuna on Saturday
- Thibaut Courtois & Dani Carvajal have also recovered and will start
- Left-back Ferland Mendy the only other absentee
Real Madrid’s likely XI vs. Liverpool
Ancelotti looks set to make two changes to the team that beat Osasuna.
Right-back Dani Carvajal will replace Nacho Fernandez, having made his return off the bench on Saturday, before the Real manager confirmed that “Carvajal is going to play at Anfield.”
With Ferland Mendy sidelined with a thigh injury, Real have had some issues on the opposite side of defence this season, with Camavinga asked to fill in at left-back at times, but now have David Alaba available in that position.
In the absence of Tchouameni and Kroos, Camavinga and Dani Ceballos look set to continue alongside Modric in midfield.
Rodrygo deputised for Benzema on Saturday but looks likely to drop to the bench, with last year’s Ballon d’Or winner back in action.
Eden Hazard and Marco Asensio are also expected to be named on the bench.
Courtois; Carvajal, Militao, Rudiger, Alaba; Camavinga, Modric, Ceballos; Valverde, Vinicius Jr., Benzema
It’s a Real squad full of quality, but there’s no doubt Kroos and Tchouameni will be missed.
Many Liverpool supporters had feared how the Reds’ own midfield would cope up against some vastly experienced players in the centre of the park.