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Liverpool star hoping to repeat 2018/19 Barcelona heroics vs Real Madrid: “Do something special”

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Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold has said that the Reds will visit the iconic Santiago Bernabeu with absolutely nothing to lose, comparing his team’s situation with that of their UEFA Champions League comeback against Barcelona in 2019. 

On May 7, 2019, a Jurgen Klopp-led Liverpool marked a stunning comeback to beat Barcelona 4-3 on aggregate to reach the Champions League final for the second successive season.

Interestingly enough, even then Liverpool headed into the second leg three goals behind. Back then, Barcelona had won the first leg at Camp Nou 3-0 and four years on, the Reds find themselves in a rather familiar situation.

This time, however, the opposition is Real Madrid who, in the first leg, showed how threatening they can be even after going 0-2 down. 

The last time these two teams crossed paths, Liverpool made an outstanding start, having scored two goals in the span of 10 minutes. All the joy, though, was put to rest once Madrid opened the scoring.

After Vinicius Jr. pulled one back in the 21st minute, the Brazilian made sure he puts his team on level terms in the next 15 minutes. Eder Miliato made in 3-2 soon after the restart and a brace from Karim Benzema put Madrid in a comfortable position for the second leg, with a 5-2 scoreline.

Despite having a mountain to climb, Alexander-Arnold says that his side will give it all in the second leg as they simply have nothing to lose.

“We are going to have to go and do something special in Spain, to be honest. But, you know, it’s one of them where it’s similar to the Barcelona game where we kind of go over there with nothing to lose,” the defender told Liverpool Echo.

“They are the one with a three-goal lead and you know if we come out of there and we don’t win then OK, we were three goals down, it is what it is. So we don’t feel any pressure,” he added.

He also said that the team will approach this game with a mentality that it can still be won.

“We will go there to win the game, to try and get through. We’re not just going to go there and think that it’s already done and we’re out. We still believe.

“We know it is going to be very difficult but we know we’re capable of scoring goals in games and we’re going to have to have a near-perfect game to go through to the next round but we never say never,” he concluded.

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Real Madrid have made Man City defensive target a top priority for the summer

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Although Antonio Rudiger has had success since joining Real Madrid last summer, the club are in need of more depth and players that can form the backbone of the defensive unit in the years to come.

As part of their plans, Real Madrid are prioritising a move for Josko Gvardiol in the coming summer, reports 90 Min.

The outlet suggests Gvardiol will be one of the most wanted prospects in the market, with both Real Madrid and Manchester City eyeing a move for the Croatian international come the end of the season.

Formerly of Dinamo Zagreb, Gvardiol has enjoyed immense success since his move to the Bundesliga in 2021. He has impressed onlookers with his skill, organisation and discipline, which, coupled with his versatility, make him an appealing target for any European giant.

Gvardiol was also one of the top performers at the 2022 FIFA World Cup, helping Croatia finish third in the competition. His performances have not gone unnoticed, with Real Madrid among the clubs who have been keeping an eye on the defender for a while now.

However, signing Gvardiol will be a tricky task for Los Blancos. The player still has a long-term contract at Leipzig and could cost up to €85 million, as reported by 90 Min. Not to mention, the competition from Man City could be significant.

Real Madrid have no shortage of alternatives, though, with the club notably closely monitoring Portuguese defensive whizkid Antonio Silva, among others. So it will be interesting to see how the Spanish giants approach the market in this coming summer.

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