Liverpool vs Real Madrid live score, updates, highlights and lineups from Champions League last-16 first leg

Liverpool vs Real Madrid live score, updates, highlights and lineups from Champions League last-16 first leg

ANFIELD, LIVERPOOL — Liverpool have a chance to avenge last season’s Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid when the two sides face each other in the first leg of a last-16 tie this evening.

The Reds were beaten 1-0 by Carlo Ancelotti’s Madrid when this fixture was staged at the Stade de France in Paris last May. 

As well as securing a 14th European Cup for Los Blancos, that result ensured they have avoided defeat in their past six meetings with Liverpool, with two of those coming in recent finals.

However, the Spanish giants have not played at a full Anfield since 2009, when they were thrashed 4-0 by the Rafael Benitez-managed hosts.

Follow The Sporting News’ live blog to find out if the Reds can end their losing streak…

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Liverpool vs Real Madrid live score

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Liverpool vs Real Madrid live updates, highlights

10 mins from kickoff: An electric atmosphere here at Anfield as we approach kickoff.

Real Madrid are, of course, not easily flustered, but can this home crowd play a role in turning the tide in Liverpool’s favour tonight?

30 mins from kickoff: Carlo Ancelotti on the challenge facing Real Madrid this evening: “Liverpool are one of the most difficult teams to play again. I have a huge amount of respect for them.”

50 mins from kickoff: Cody Gakpo has been speaking to BT Sport about ending his goalless start to life at Liverpool with two in his last two outings.

He said: “As an attacking player, you try and score and give assists – it’s been frustrating but it’s a relief to get off the mark.”

75 mins from kickoff: What a night for the Spaniard.

1.5 hrs from kickoff: The team news is in and no real surprises from either side. With Darwin Nunez fit to start, Liverpool are unchanged from their vital victory at St James’ Park on Saturday. Real Madrid, meanwhile, bring Fede Valverde back into midfield with Toni Kroos only fit enough for the bench. Check out the full squads below.

2 hrs from kickoff: Hello and welcome to The Sporting News’ live coverage of Liverpool vs Real Madrid in the last 16 of the Champions League. These two sides have faced each other remarkably regularly in this competition in recent years, and it is the Spaniards who have triumphed on every occasion. Can the Reds end that poor run and put on another special Anfield night to finally get one over on Carlo Ancelotti’s men?

Liverpool vs Real Madrid lineups

The biggest worry for Liverpool ahead of this clash was whether Darwin Nunez would be fit after sustaining a shoulder injury in the weekend win over Newcastle.

However, the Uruguayan trained as normal on Monday afternoon, allowing Klopp to pick an unchanged team from Saturday’s win at Newcastle.

Liverpool lineup (4-3-3): Alisson (GK) — Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson — Henderson, Fabinho, Bajcetic — Salah, Gakpo, Newcastle

Subs: Adrian, Kelleher, Matip, Tsimikas, Milner, Keita, Elliott, Firmino, Jota, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jones, Carvalho

  • Injured: Ramsay, Thiago, Diaz, Konate, Arthur
  • Suspended: None

Ancelotti had expected both Aurelien Tchouameni and Toni Kroos to miss out due to illness before the latter rallied to make himself available for a place in the squad.

However, the German only makes the bench, meaning Fede Valverde moves back into midfield, with Karim Benzema leading the attack flanked by Brazilian duo Rodrygo and Vinicius Junior.

Real Madrid (4-3-3): Courtois (GK) — Carvajal, Militao, Rudiger, Alaba — Valverde, Camavinga, Modric — Rodrygo, Benzema, Vinicius Jr

Subs: Lunin, Vallejo, Nacho, Hazard, Kroos, Asensio, Odriozola, Vazquez, Ceballos, Mario Martin, Arribas, Alvaro

  • Injured: Mendy, Tchouameni, Diaz
  • Suspended: None

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What time is Liverpool vs Real Madrid kick off?

This Champions League clash kicks off at Anfield on Tuesday, February 21 at 8:00 p.m. local time.

Here’s how that time translates across some of the major territories:

 DateKickoff time
USATue, Feb. 2115:00 ET
CanadaTue, Feb. 2115:00 ET
UKTue, Feb. 2120:00 GMT
AustraliaWed, Feb. 2207:00 AEDT
IndiaWed, Feb. 2201:30 IST
Hong KongWed, Feb. 2204:00 HKT
MalaysiaWed, Feb. 2204:00 MYT
SingaporeWed, Feb. 2204:00 SGT
New ZealandWed, Feb. 2209:00 NZDT

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Liverpool vs Real Madrid live stream, TV channel

These two sides are amongst the most successful in European Cup/Champions League history, with 20 titles between them, and 27 final appearances since 1956.

However, a meeting at this stage means the end of the road for one of them. One of each side has featured in five of the past seven finals, but only one can reach that stage this season.

 TV channelStreaming
USACBS, Univision, TUDN USAfuboTV, Paramount+,
UKBT Sport 1, BT Sport UltimateBT Sport app/site
AustraliaStan Sport
New ZealandSpark Sport
IndiaSony LIV, Jio TV
Hong KongbeIN Sports 3beIN Sports Connect

beIN Sports Connect

SingaporebeIN Sports Connect

Australia: Fans can watch every match of the UEFA Champions League with all the action streaming ad-free, live and on demand on Stan Sport.

Canada: Every Champions League match in Canada can be streamed exclusively on DAZN

UK: The UEFA Champions League is carried by BT Sport’s TV and streaming platforms.

USA: Fans in the USA can watch the Champions League in English (CBS and Paramount+) and Spanish (Univision, TUDN, UniMas, ViX and ViX+).

When matches are televised on CBS or Univision channels, those same channels are streamed on fuboTV, which is available on a free trial for new users.