Lawrenson makes damning Liverpool prediction for second Real Madrid leg

Liverpool legend Mark Lawrenson has delivered a damning verdict over his former side’s chances of reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League.

A mouthwatering tie against Chelsea potentially awaits – evoking memories of some terrific clashes in the 00s.

But Jurgen Klopp must mastermind another comeback victory to get there after losing 3-1 to Real Madrid on Tuesday night.

Zinedine Zidane’s men were in brilliant form while Vinicius Jr scored twice to give Los Blancos the advantage.

Mohamed Salah scored what could turn out to be a vitally important away goal but Liverpool must keep Real out when they meet again at Anfield next week.

Liverpool were beaten 3-1 by Real Madrid at the Bernabeu
Liverpool were beaten 3-1 by Real Madrid at the Bernabeu
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However, Lawrenson – who won a European Cup with Liverpool in 1984 – does not believe the Reds have it in the tank to muster another famous night at Anfield, not without the fans.

He told BBC Sport : “When Liverpool turned around a 3-0 deficit against Barcelona in the semi-final in 2019, Anfield was absolutely rocking from before the first whistle.

“I was there and the fans played a massive part in that result, it simply wouldn’t have happened without them.

“This time, the stadium will be completely empty and it has also become a place where Liverpool cannot remember how to win.

“It is more than three months and eight games since they beat Tottenham there on 16 December.

Vinicius Jr scored twice as Real Madrid landed a telling blow on Liverpool
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“Jurgen Klopp’s side have lost six of those matches, and scored in only two of them.

“So, the kind of swashbuckling performance Liverpool will need to reach the last four is something we have not seen from them there for an awfully long time.”

Liverpool must win either 2-0 or more to beat Real Madrid, but if they concede the Reds then will need four goals to emerhe victorious.

Lawrenson added: “Their hopes of being in next year’s Champions League are in the balance and they need the three points to stay close to the teams above them in the table as they chase fourth place.

“Klopp’s side have to go for it now, and hope something clicks. The same will apply in the return against Real, but the worry there has to be what damage the Spanish side will do to them at the same time.”

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