Militao replaces quarantined Varane, Jota starts for Liverpool

militao replaces quarantined varane jota starts for liverpool

Real Madrid’s Brazilian defender Eder Militao (back) heads the ball over Liverpool’s Senegalese striker Sadio Mane during the UEFA Champions League first leg quarter-final football match between Real Madrid and Liverpool at the Alfredo di Stefano stadium in Valdebebas in the outskirts of Madrid on April 6, 2021. (Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS / AFP)

Zinedine Zidane was forced to shuffle his defence as Eder Militao came in for Real Madrid’s Champions League quarter-final first leg against Liverpool on Tuesday.

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With Raphael Varane testing positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday morning and Sergio Ramos out injured, Militao was picked in central defence alongside Nacho Fernandez.

Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp handed Naby Keita a surprise start in midfield ahead of Thiago Alcantara.

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The in-form Diogo Jota was also preferred to Roberto Firmino, with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane completing Liverpool’s front three.

Starting line-ups for the Champions League quarter-final first leg between Real Madrid and Liverpool at Valdebebas on Tuesday (kick-off 1900 GMT): Real Madrid (4-3-3)

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Thibaut Courtois; Lucas Vazquez, Eder Militao, Nacho Fernandez, Ferland Mendy; Toni Kroos, Casemiro, Luka Modric; Marco Asensio, Karim Benzema, Vinicius Junior

Coach: Zinedine Zidane (FRA)

Liverpool (4-3-3)

Alisson Becker; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ozan Kabak, Nat Phillips, Andrew Robertson; Naby Keita, Fabinho, Georginio Wijnaldum; Mohamed Salah, Diogo Jota, Sadio Mane

Coach: Jurgen Klopp (GER)

Referee: Felix Brych (GER)

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