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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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Ancelotti-favourite defender will leave Real Madrid if club signs 23-year-old ace



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With Kylian Mbappe’s signing now a completed objective, Real Madrid turn to what was always considered the second most critical operation of this summer – Alphonso Davies.

The Canadian full-back has been on Los Blancos’ radar for a while now, but with his contract with Bayern Munich running until 2025, his signing is seen to be a tad bit more complicated.

The Bavarians’ firm stance that they wish to persist with the speedster, needless to say, has only made the objective more complicated for Los Blancos.

No room for three

Despite Bayern Munich’s repeated advances towards Davies in recent weeks, Real Madrid are firm that they will attempt to sign the player this summer.

In light of the Canadian full-back’s possible arrival, Cadena SER reveals that Ferland Mendy will almost certainly leave Real Madrid if Davies’ signing is pulled off.

Carlo Ancelotti is clear that he has no room for three left-backs in his squad. One of Fran Garcia and Mendy must thus leave the Spanish capital in such a scenario and the Frenchman is better placed on that front.

Ferland Mendy (L) could leave Real Madrid if Davies arrives.. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Mendy’s current deal in Madrid runs out next year and the player has been informed that a decision over his future at the club will be taken shortly.

On track with Davies

The Spanish outlet also reveal that the Canadian speedster rejected an offer from Bayern Munich in recent hours and that his departure from the Bavarian capital is not ruled out.

Bayern Munich demand a sum of €50 million for the dynamic full-back. Real Madrid, however, have set a spending limit of €30 million for the youngster and will not exceed that sum in any scenario.

Vincent Kompany’s men thus have a critical decision to make, for allowing Davies to run down the final year on his deal may well back-fire as did the case of Kylian Mbappe with PSG.

Real Madrid, as it stands, appear to be in the driver’s seat.

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