As determined through a draw held at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Champions League holder Real Madrid will make it to the finals of last season Liverpool in Round 16 this season. Reactions have followed since the draw, with a division of Twitterati calling it the final decider for Jude Bellingham.
This season’s Round of 16 clash will mark Real Madrid’s third consecutive meeting with Liverpool in the Champions League, with the white side topping out in all three previous encounters. Of course, last season’s final was decided by winner Vinicius Junior, as Madrid won 1-0 over Jurgen Klopp’s side. Last season (2020-21), Los Blancos beat the Merseysiders 3-1 (on aggregate) in the quarterfinals. They also met in the 2018-19 Champions League final, which was also won 3-1 by Real Madrid.
Fans on Twitter were excited before the draw and gave some hilarious reactions.
With both Liverpool and Madrid reported (via Marca) are interested in signing Bellingham of Borussia Dortmund, the upcoming clash in the round of 16 has been dubbed the final showdown for the player.
One fan happily stated that both are in a similar situation to Aurelien Tchouameni, who signed for Madrid in the summer.
There have been comments about Mohamed Salah, when the superstar announced his intention to take revenge last season, only to cut off a disappointing figure in the final.
Anfield Edition has opted for more hope despite the recent performance of the Merseysiders, urging Anfield to beckon its magic.
The first leg will be played at Anfield on February 14, 15, 21 or 22, while the second leg is scheduled for March 7, 8, 14 or 15.
A new Mohamed Salah could be Liverpool’s key player against Real Madrid
With Egypt failing to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah will be out of action until the third week of December. A much-needed breather could give him a head start. good world, make him hungrier and keep him fresh for the clash with Real Madrid.
He hasn’t had the best start to the 2022-23 campaign but is slowly finding his footing. He has scored 14 goals in 20 games for the Anfield team this season, with 9 of those goals coming from the last 8 matches.
On the other hand, most of Real Madrid’s key players will be on international duty. A fixture bottleneck that could drain them before the Champions League game could make Liverpool’s job a little easier.