Sergio Ramos ruled out but Real Madrid side Liverpool could face in Champions League

Sergio Ramos ruled out but Real Madrid side Liverpool could face in Champions League

Mohamed Salah has been denied a rematch with Sergio Ramos after the Real Madrid captain was excluded from Liverpool’s Champions League quarter-final fixture with the La Liga giants due to injury.
But that doesn’t mean Jurgen Klopp’s side won’t have the chance to avenge the 2018 final loss against familiar faces.

Much has been done this year on how the majority of the Reds’ starting XI in Kiev are still important figures at Anfield three years later.

But Zinedine Zidane has a number of European Cup winners that night at NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium who could lock Liverpool’s horns again.

The most important is Karim Benzema, who scored Real Madrid’s first goal in Kiev after taking full advantage of Loris Karius’ first mistake caused by a concussion.

The French veteran and Ramos are two of 12 players on the La Liga Giants’ Team of the Day for the 2018 final, including nine from that night’s starting XI, still on the books at the Bernabeu today.

And while the Real Madrid captain isn’t the only injury doubt ahead of his side’s meeting with Liverpool, here is the squad Klopp’s men could face at Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano and Anfield.

Zidane has fielded 24 different players in the Champions League so far this season, although two of those players (Luka Jovic and Martin Odegaard) are unlikely to face the Reds after leaving Madrid on loan in January.

Despite the duo leaving, the La Liga giants were still able to name a full 25-man squad for this year’s round of 16.

Full Real Madrid Champions League squad

Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois, Andriy Lunin.

Defenders: Dani Carvajal, Eder Militao, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Nancho, Marcelo, Alvaro Odriozola, Ferland Mendy, Pablo Ramon.

Midfielders: Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Casemiro, Federico Valverde, Isco, Ivan Morante.

Attackers: Eden Hazard, Karim Benzema, Marco Asensio, Lucas Vazquez, Vinicius Junior, Mariano Diaz, Rodrygo, Hugo Duro.

As of those 25, goalkeeper Lunin and defender Odriozola have been limited to unused substitute roles, while Ramon and Morante have yet to team up for the Champions League day.

Zidane has also called in one of his ‘B List’ players this season with Sergio Arribas as an away substitute at Atalanta, while the other U21 B List eligible contenders Diego Altube (GK) , Victor Chust (DF), Miguel Gutierrez (DF), Sergio Santos (DF) and Antonio Blanco (MF) all made the bench.

According to UEFA, Real Madrid have seven other “B-list” players who have not been to any Champions League matchday squad this season.

Despite his own injury issues this season, Zidane did not choose to use up any more of his unused players, with Real Madrid naming just eight substitutes for their round of 16 wins against Atalanta and often selecting just 10 reserve players. in the group stage despite UEFA. allowing clubs to nominate 12 players to the bench this season.

So that’s the full list of eligible players who have been included in a squad for Madrid this season. So who joins Ramos as a potential injury doubt?

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Well, according to Real Madrid, Toni Kroos, Eden Hazard, Federico Valverde and Dani Carvajal are all in doubt after missing practice on Wednesday.

All four stars of the first team are suffering from injuries and the club issued a statement saying the players are “continuing their recovery process”.

A statement on the Real Madrid website read: “The players started with activation drills without the ball and did a work of fitness and possession. They then focused on pressing, passing and finishing in mini-goals. Finally, they played short-timed matches. .

“Carvajal, Hazard, Kroos and Valverde are continuing their recovery processes. ”

It should be noted that Kroos, Carvajal and Valverde were all pictured training on their own earlier in the week and may have a chance to recover in time despite Real Madrid’s latest statement on the quartet.

Meanwhile, they haven’t released an update on Odriozola despite the defender being sidelined with an unspecified injury ahead of the international break in March.

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With Real Madrid hosting Eibar on Saturday ahead of their meeting with Liverpool, the availability of the squad will become clear in the days to come.

But, for now, it looks like Ramos and Hazard are the only star names that would almost certainly be missing against Klopp’s Reds in the Champions League quarter-finals.


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