The Reds travel to the Bernabeu in order to continue their status in Europe, but the task ahead is enormous.
Jurgen Klopp’s side led 2-0 in the first leg, but then lost their footing to concede five against a rampant Real Madrid outfit, with Vinicius Jr. spearheading his side to victory.
German manager opted for Jordan Henderson, Fabinho and Stefan Bajcetic as a midfield three, but Ancelotti’s seasoned midfield sliced through their opponents like butter at Anfield.
Klopp is set to make some changes in the midfield for the return leg tonight, according to the Liverpool Echo.
Fabinho remains the only constant in the midfield and will likely be partnered up with Harvey Elliott after impressing in recent weeks.
The report states Fabinho’s involvement due to having been present in the pre-match press conference alongside his boss yesterday.
In fairness, the changes are injury-based with both the captain Henderson and promising youngster Bajcetic out with injuries.
Supposing Klopp sticks with a trio in midfield, the player in that third spot remains to be seen.
However, as Liverpool set out to achieve the unthinkable, Klopp may turn to a more attacking-minded starting eleven and deploy just two in the engine room.
This would mean a flurry of attacking talent will be homing in on the Madrid defence, and I imagine that may be Klopp’s gameplan seeing as his side need to claw back some goals.
If Klopp was to revert to a double pivot in midfield, this may see the introduction of veteran midfielder James Milner alongside the Brazilian Fabinho in something of a 4-2-3-1 formation.