The draw for the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League took place today, and Liverpool will face Real Madrid in the next round.
The Reds knocked RB Leipzig out of the competition to progress to the quarters, and must now gear up to face the Spanish giants. The tie will bring back flashes of the 2018 Champions League final, which means we must protect Mohamed Salah at all costs?
The other match-up on Liverpool’s side of the Champions League bracket is Chelsea vs Porto, meaning that if the Reds can beat Los Blancos they will face the winner of that two-legged tie in the semi finals.
On the other side of the bracket, Bayern Munich face vs Paris Saint-Germain (in another flashback to a UCL final), and Manchester City vs Borussia Dortmund.
Though hardly at their prime, Real Madrid can still be a formidable opponent with plenty of Champions League glory of their own on their side. The Spanish side sit third on the La Liga table, and knocked Atalanta out of the Round of 16 in the Champions League.
Liverpool will have to go all in, since the Champions League offers the only hope of a trophy in what has been a nightmare season for the Reds. With Diogo Jota’s return, and Ozan Kabak warming up with stronger performances, things look marginally less bleak - but let’s not get too confident either.
The first leg will take place on April 6th, and the second on April 13th.