Real Madrid XI vs Liverpool: Predicted lineup, confirmed team news and injury latest for Champions League tie
Ferland Mendy is in the squad after several weeks on the sidelines out injured and he is joined by Karim Benzema for Wednesday’s last-16 second leg.
The 35-year-old striker sat out the weekend win over Espanyol with an ankle injury in the latest blow of a season littered with fitness worries.
But Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that Benzema is set to play despite the Clasico with Barcelona looming large on the horizon.
Real will not take the Reds’ visit likely despite a three-goal aggregate lead from the first leg at Anfield.
Antonio Rudiger should return to the line-up after being rested against Espanyol and Mendy will hope to slot back in at left-back ahead of Nacho Fernandez and Eduardo Camavinga.
David Alaba remains absent.
Rodrygo is set to drop to the bench should Benzema start with Federico Valverde completing the front three opposite Vinicius Jr.
Predicted Real Madrid XI: Courtois; Carvajal, Militao, Rudiger, Nacho; Modric, Tchouameni, Kroos; Valverde, Benzema, Vinicius.