Real Madrid will host Liverpool for the first time in almost seven years as two titans of Europe open this season’s UEFA Champions League quarter-finals in a revival of the 2018 decider. Zinedine Zidane led Los Blancos to a 3-1 victory that night in Kiev to lift the last of three straight European crowns. He took his leave of Real only to return the following year, when Jurgen Klopp went on to end his wait for a Champions League trophy, beating Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in 2019.
Only one among the proven pair will advance their hopes for another European title in 2021, each having overcome substantial bumps along the route to reach the last eight this campaign.
What TV Channel is Real-Liverpool on?
Real were rambunctious winners the last time these teams clashed in Europe, but Liverpool have found new strength for the rematch, airing via TUDN from 3 p.m. ET. You can live stream Champions League matches on fuboTV.
How to Watch Real Madrid vs. Liverpool
When: Tuesday, April 6
Where: Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano, Madrid, Spain
Time: 3 p.m. ET
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free)
As well as being Zidane’s last game during his first tenure as manager, the 2018 final against Liverpool is renowned for being Cristiano Ronaldo’s send-off in Real Madrid colors.
Some bad blood between these teams is inevitable after a tangle between Sergio Ramos and Mohamed Salah meant the latter had to be withdrawn around 30 minutes. Sadio Mane cancelled out Karim Benzema’s opener to put the pair level after an hour, but Gareth Bale came off the bench to decide the tie with two sublime goals (and one horrific save attempt from Loris Karius):
None of Ronaldo, Ramos or Bale will be present this time around, for differing reasons. Ronaldo left for Juventus that summer of 2018, Bale is on loan at Tottenham and Ramos is absent due to a calf injury. The latter was responsible for Salah’s limited impact in their clash three years ago, but the Egypt international told Marca he holds no grudge against Ramos:
“That game is in the past, so I don't think about it. I'm thinking about the team. Everyone is focused on their team and everyone wants to win... that's it.”
While Ramos and Dani Carvajal miss out in defense, Real could be galvanized by the returns of Federico Valverde and Eden Hazard. Former Chelsea star Hazard has scored seven times against Liverpool in 18 meetings—as many as he’s scored against any other opponent—and recently gave Real a boost with his return to training following another injury absence:
Klopp’s main conundrums also lie in defense, where center-backs Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip remain out of commission, along with key midfielder and captain Jordan Henderson.
Ozan Kabak and Nathaniel Phillips have started each of Liverpool’s last three games in central defense and kept clean sheets in each—including a 2-0 win over RB Leipzig in the Champions League last 16—and it looks unlikely Klopp will switch from this winning formula.
The most recent of their clean-sheet victories came in the form of a 3-0 thrashing of Arsenal on Saturday, with Phillips sounding increasingly confident as part of the Reds lineup:
While the Merseysiders have put three wins together for the first time in five months, Real are unbeaten in their last 11 games and have won the last four of those. A late Ferland Mendy goal gave them a 1-0 first-leg win over Atalanta in the last 16, but a more confident opening display may be required if they’re to advance past Liverpool, whose European form has rarely slipped.