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Liverpool get massive injury boost ahead of Real Madrid clash

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Real Madrid and Liverpool share a rich history in the UEFA Champions League. However, Los Blancos have dominated the Merseyside team in the recent past, with their last loss to them dating back to 2009.

The two European giants have faced off in two UCL finals in the last five years, including the grand finale of last year. On both occasions, it was the Merengues who triumphed. Further, the Spanish side defeated Liverpool 3-1 on aggregate in the Quarterfinals of the 2020-21 edition.

Real Madrid lock horns with the familiar opposition again next week, this time in the Round of 16 of the European competition. Ahead of the tie, there are significant developments in Jurgen Klopp’s camp.

According to reports from Carrusel Deportivo, Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Virgil Van Dijk is ready to face Real Madrid in the clash next week in what comes as a significant boost to the English side’s chances.

“Is Van Dijk fit? I think so, yeah. Yesterday he looked absolutely ready. I think today he will look the same and then we will make a decision,” Klopp said.

The centre-back last played for Liverpool on January 2nd against Brentford in their 3-1 loss after suffering a hamstring injury and has been out since. After over a month on the sidelines, he is expected to play in the team’s fixture against Newcastle later this week.

Klopp’s men have been absolutely abysmal this season and currently sit in ninth place in the Premier League with seven losses in 21 games. They face a difficult clash against fourth-placed Newcastle United at the weekend before hosting the defending European Champions midweek.

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Rodrygo talks about teaming up with Kylian Mbappe: “A dream to play with the best”

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Real Madrid forward Rodrygo, who is currently training with the Brazilian national team for the Copa America in the United States, expressed his excitement about the prospect of playing with Kylian Mbappe. 

Rodrygo emphasised that it would always be a pleasure to team up with Mbappe, whom he considers one of the best players in the world.

Rodrygo mentioned that it would be a great honour for him to play alongside the future Real Madrid forward. 

“For me, it’s a pleasure to play with Mbappe, I always made it very clear. He’s going to help our team a lot, he’s going to help make it even stronger than it already is,” said the forward as quoted by Mundo Deportivo.

What about Rodrygo’s place in playing XI

Mbappe and Rodrygo are set to join forces at Real Madrid starting next season. Interestingly, the Frenchman’s arrival could potentially impact Rodrygo’s playing time. 

Despite the competition, though, the forward remains optimistic and prefers to focus on his current role with the Brazilian national team rather than speculate about his future at the club.

Rodrygo is eager to play alongside Kylian Mbappe. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

“It is always a pleasure, but now is not the time to divert the focus, I want to be focused on the national team. 

“Mbappe is also playing the (European) championship with his national team and I want to be focused here.

“But always making it clear that it is a pleasure and a dream to play with one of the best in the world,” he added.

Rodrygo is focused on Copa America

As Rodrygo prepares for his first Copa America with Brazil, he aims to demonstrate the same high level of performance that he has consistently shown with Real Madrid in recent years. 

He recalled a memorable moment from the 2021/22 Champions League semifinal against Manchester City. 

In that match, Rodrygo scored two last-minute goals that forced extra time, ultimately securing Real Madrid’s place in the final, where they defeated Liverpool.

Rodrygo hopes to replicate such extraordinary performances with the Brazilian national team during the Copa America. 

His main goal with the national team is to have impactful moments that contribute to the team’s success, similar to his crucial role in the Champions League semifinal.

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