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Champions League quarter-final: Liverpool vs Real Madrid; Is there possibly a chance to get through?

No fans, no famous Anfield atmosphere, no 12th man to back the players when they have nothing left to give.

Is it possible?

Is it possible to overcome this two-goal lead against one of the biggest and greatest sides in Champions League history?

With football, you never ever know.

This famous old football club have done it over and over and over again in this competition.

That gives everyone hoping and praying some sort of optimism.

Manager Jurgen Klopp was as hopeful as ever of course in his press conference.

The German said: “We will give it a try, that’s the job we have to do. That’s how we will go for it.”

Whether that means a front four or not we will have to wait and see.

Roberto Firmino came back in against Aston Villa and he made a huge impact to the side, he is the glue in the attack.

Liverpool though did not miss Sadio Mane so he may remain on the bench for the massive Champions League tie.

Diogo Jota hasn’t been spectacular in the last two games but he is still a threat meanwhile Mohamed Salah is a cert to start.

Liverpool do not have any new injury concerns as of yet after the win against Aston Villa whereas Real Madrid will be without Lucas Vazquez after he got injured during the El Classico.

Real Madrid beat their fierce rivals Barcelona 2-1 at the weekend showing Liverpool that they are really that good and it was not just mistakes from Jurgen Klopp’s team that gave them the victory at Madrid.

Vinicus Junior and Karim Benzema will be looking to cause even more problems for the Reds’ backline which should be unchanged with Trent Alexander-Arnold, Nat Phillips, Ozan Kabak and Andy Robertson looking to start for the sixth game in a row.

The famous full-back pairing seemed back to their very best against Aston Villa with Robertson roaring down the left hand side non-stop and Alexander-Arnold being his usual threatening best which he showed with his injury-time winner.

So, the pair who have been instrumental to Liverpool’s success in the past couple of seasons will be vital at Anfield to get the result that is needed to reach the semi-final.

Trent is capable of special moments which the whole world saw in 2019 in one of the best comebacks that anyone is likely to see and Klopp will be looking back at that game for inspiration.

“If we can create more than we did in Madrid, which should be possible as we didn’t have a lot, then we will see. 

“We cannot take comebacks for granted especially with no crowd. We will create our own atmosphere again” said the German.

It is so sad that the atmosphere will be an eerie silence for the umpteenth time this season but it makes it worse when it is one of those famous old European nights.

They are the most captivating, euphoric, emotional football nights that you can ever experience.

Yet we all have to sit at home watching, or in a beer garden.

But that should not make it mean any less, this is the same sport that we all cherish.

This is the same team that took Liverpool back to the top.

Winning number 19 and number six.

Can number seven still be achieved this season?

Everyone will have contrasting thoughts but one thing everyone should know is that when that first whistle goes those 11 players will give their all for the 90 minutes.

Written by Elliot Thompson

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