Modric Out, Benzema Starts: Predicted Real Madrid Starting XI To Face Liverpool

By on October 21, 2014


The European champions are in town as Real Madrid take on Liverpool at Anfield on Wednesday night. Here is the side we think Carlo Ancelotti will put out:

Goalkeeper: Despite some questionable form for club and country in recent months, Iker Casillas finds himself back in favour at the Bernabeu and should start tomorrow night.

Defence: Sergio Ramos has not travelled to England as he continues to nurse a calf injury and with Barcelona up next, Ancelotti has decided not to risk him. Madrid will give a late fitness test to Raphael Varane but if he doesn’t make it then Nacho should partner Pepe at the back.

Alvaro Arbeloa could start against his former side but Fabio Coentrao has been ruled out through injury so Marcelo will start at left-back.

Midfield: Sami Khedira is back in full training but is still lacking in match practice so isn’t expected to start tomorrow. Ancelotti has favoured the Luka Modric-Toni Kroos pairing in midfield this season but he could bring in Asier Illarramendi to offer a more defensive approach against Liverpool.

Attack: Gareth Bale has been left back in Spain with a buttock injury so Isco is set to come in to start alongside James Rodriguez in attack. Karim Benzema is expected to shake off a knock to start up front with Cristiano Ronaldo in support.

Here is how we think Madrid will line-up tomorrow:

What do you think of the team? What side do you expect Ancelotti to pick?

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  2. Sani Kilbori

    October 22, 2014 at 9:55 am

    Perhaps the real madrid squad for today match against liverpool is big game and worth so our squad without luka modric there is complication that seem illra cannot maintain that defening mdifield well in this case we want our coach to use luka modric in this field in order to get attack of liverpool.

  3. Daniel

    October 22, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    Unless Luka Modric is injured (got the knock in the last league game), there is no way he would be dropped in this game. He is one of the most important players for Real Madrid and if his fit – he will play.

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