The Liverpool players trained on Tuesday afternoon in anticipation of their impending Champions League second-leg showdown against Real Madrid.
As Liverpool prepared for the encounter in the round of 16, three players were noticeably absent from the training session.
The Reds are looking to avenge their 5-2 loss to the reigning European champions, which included two goals each from Vinicius Jr. and Karim Benzema, as well as a goal from Eder Militao. The loss was among the worst in the team’s Anfield history, despite two early goals from Darwin Nunez and Mohamed Salah, who took advantage of Thibaut Courtois’ error.
The goal of Jurgen Klopp’s team is to pull off another incredible comeback in the Champions League, but given Carlo Ancelotti’s club’s stellar record, cutting the three-goal deficit looks more difficult. The six-time winners will take on the record-holders on Wednesday at 8 p.m. in an effort to bounce back from their most recent defeat to Bournemouth. Liverpool must score three goals without answering in order to win the match in regulation time, and they will pray for favourable weather in Madrid after practicing in inclement weather at the AXA Training Centre in Kirkby, including rain, sleet, and hail.AXA Training Centre in Kirkby.
Luis Diaz, a forward for Colombia, returned to training to recover from a knee injury, which is good news for Liverpool. In October, Diaz was hurt while playing against Arsenal, and his recovery saw a setback. But on Tuesday, he took part in a separate solo training session, demonstrating improvement in his recovery. For the Reds, his return to the field is a joyful sight, and Diaz’s face throughout practice suggested that he was delighted to be back in action.
Jordan Henderson and Stefan Bajcetic were absent from the team’s open practice before the Real Madrid game, leaving Liverpool with few choices in the middle. On Saturday, Fabinho, who played against Bournemouth, practiced with the group. Henderson and Bajcetic’s absence raises questions about whether or not they will be available for the following game. Bajcetic did not play in the Bournemouth game; Henderson started the game on the bench but entered the game midway through the second half.
Joe Gomez’s return to first-team practice for Liverpool, his first since sitting out the first leg’s match against Real Madrid, helped the team’s defense. Joel Matip and Ibrahima Konate are vying for a spot in the starting lineup, so Gomez’s return offers a useful backup plan in case of injuries. The defense options for Liverpool were strengthened on Tuesday afternoon when Nat Phillips and Gomez both returned to practice.
As the Liverpool weather left its mark on the January arrival, Cody Gakpo was seen cowering. It looks that the attacker wasn’t really pleased with the weather in mid-March after settling in during the past few weeks.