Opponent Watch: Boost for Liverpool as Real Madrid star is a doubt for UCL clash
Boost for Liverpool as Real Madrid ace Thibaut Courtois suffers injury
Liverpool have been given a major boost ahead of their crucial Champions League clash against Real Madrid, with news that Los Blancos goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has suffered an injury and may miss the game, according to Liverpool Echo.
This injury couldn’t have come at a worse time for Real Madrid, who will be relying heavily on Courtois to help them secure a crucial victory against Liverpool. The Reds will be happy to not see their tormentor-in-chief again.
The two sides have a long-standing rivalry in the Champions League, with the Reds having knocked Los Blancos out of the competition in the 2018 final. They met again last year in the final and only the Belgian stood between Liverpool and victory.
Without Courtois between the sticks, Real Madrid will be forced to turn to backup goalkeeper Andriy Lunin. The Ukrainian stopper is yet to make his mark at the club and has been rather unimpressive in his few appearances.
We still don’t actually know for sure that the Belgian will miss the match against us. He suffered an injury and had to be withdrawn prior to their match against Mallorca which they lost.
Even if Courtois was absent, Liverpool will know better than to underestimate the Spanish giants. Real Madrid may be eight points behind league leaders Barcelona in the league but they always find a way to win when it comes to the Champions League.
For Liverpool, this is a great opportunity to salvage what has been a pathetic season. It is realistically the only competition that Klopp & co. have a chance to win but they need to improve drastically.
If they do not change the way they have been playing, there is almost no chance that Liverpool can get past Real Madrid. For all the talent in the squad, the team is a pale shadow of its former dominant self.
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Real Madrid do have quite a few injuries in their ranks but so do we. Liverpool must not take them complacently and should push to try and improve and win them across two legs.