In one of the most attractive round of 16 ties of the XXXI UEFA Champions League (UCL), Liverpool (six titles) and Real Madrid (14 titles, record) meet in a repeat of the 2021-22 finals and 2017-18). The reds dispute the first leg at home after finishing second in group A, and Jürgen Klopp’s squad faces the always gigantic challenge of facing the king of the highest continental competition with the relief of having chained two 2-0 league victories, winning to eighth position.

Liverpool’s campaign is being very disappointing, but Anfield will wear their best clothes this Tuesday to experience a new and exciting European night. Although Klopp’s side have lost just one of the last 23 games played at home (W16, D6, L1), their rival in the round of 16 is particularly bad at it: Liverpool have not won any of their last six games with Madrid , suffering five defeats (E1, P5) and not seeing the goal four times.

Under the command of the legendary Carlo Ancelotti, the current UCL, LaLiga and Club World Cup champions qualified for the round of 16 as first in Group F. The Whites are now looking to take another step towards their sixth UCL final in ten seasons. After losing in Mallorca at the beginning of the month, Madrid have linked four wins (15 goals in favor!), the most recent 2-0 against Osasuna at El Sadar to maintain their pursuit of Barcelona, which continues to launch in the top of La Liga.

The Whites are not giving up in the fight for their 36th league title, but they will need to raise their level to improve on a record of just one win in their last seven visits to English clubs in the UCL (W1, D2, L4). Carlo Ancelotti has fond memories of his last visit to Anfield; the laureate Italian coach then guided his former club to a 2-0 win in the Merseyside derby (LIV 0-2 Everton), and has suffered just two defeats in his last 11 games as manager against Liverpool (W6, D3 , P2).

Players to watch: Mohamed Salah is one goal away from matching Didier Drogba (44 goals) for the most scoring African player in the UCL. For his part, Karim Benzema has the opportunity to become the first Real Madrid player to score in six different competitions during the same season.

Highlight: Only one of Liverpool’s previous nine games in the UCL Round of 16 has had more than 2.5 goals in 90 minutes.