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Liverpool superstar facing a race against time to be ready for Real Madrid clash

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With the second half of the campaign well underway, Real Madrid are facing a tough period ahead as they not only look to overtake Barcelona in the league table but also do well in the UEFA Champions League.

The reigning European champions are poised to face Liverpool in the Round of 16 of the Champions League. The first leg will be played on February 21 at the iconic Anfield.

According to the Daily Mail, Real Madrid could be handed a major boost heading into this contest as Liverpool’s star player Virgil van Dijk is facing a race against time to be fit for the match.

The defender suffered a hamstring injury and was taken off during Liverpool’s defeat to Brentford earlier this week. The injury was not thought to be severe at first, but it appears his hamstring complaints are more serious, which in turn, could put him out on the sidelines for a significant period.

Jurgen Klopp, who was confident about van Dijk returning at the earliest, now faces a dilemma. Van Dijk is set to undergo a scan to determine the extent of his injury, but everything suggests he could find it difficult to be fit in time for the Real Madrid game.

This could serve as a blow for the Liverpool team that have been leaking goals all season. Even with van Dijk leading the backline, the Reds have struggled to remain resilient and their problems could increase tenfold without the services of their Dutch defensive giant, especially against a team like Real Madrid.

The Merengues have been far from perfect in the defensive department this season. But they have been excellent going forward, even with star man Karim Benzema struggling with injuries.

With van Dijk potentially ruled out, Vinicius Junior, Rodrygo, and Benzema will hope to cause tandem in Liverpool’s defensive lines when these two teams meet each other in February.

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Video – Barcelona fans chant ‘Vinicius d*e’ ahead of their UCL clash

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In what is starting to become an alarmingly common occurrence, a set of Barcelona fans were spotted hurling abusive chants towards Real Madrid superstar Vinicius Jr.

Barça will be facing PSG in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal today in less than an hour and in the lead-up to the game, a section of the Catalans’ supporters were seen chanting “Vinicius, die” on the streets.

It is not the first time this has happened, with Vinicius being constantly targeted by not only Barcelona fans but supporters of a number of other La Liga clubs.

In fact, last month, Barcelona fans were seen hurling the same chants before their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie against Napoli.

The same had happened outside Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys in Montjuic prior to the Clasico in October last year.

Moreover, this past weekend, a Mallorca fan at Son Moix directed racist abuse towards Vinicius’ Real Madrid teammate, Aurelien Tchouameni.

It is shocking and embarrassing that these incidents continue to occur. It remains to be seen if any action is taken by the concerned authorities against those involved.

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