History tells us that Liverpool should back Real Madrid to win this season. That’s ahead of two reported transfer battles.
As things stand, Real Madrid won’t win anything this season – and that should worry Liverpool.
Los Blanco lag behind city rivals Atletico Madrid in La Liga. They certainly didn’t look like potential European champions in the Champions League Group Stage, either.
It could end up being a disappointing season for them, then. They are picking up domestic form, mind – perhaps they can lead a late La Liga charge.
Let’s hope they do because Liverpool and Real will reportedly battle over transfers this summer.
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You really need to justify these kinds of signings, then. And Real Madrid usually don’t.
Their biggest signings typically only come after disappointing seasons.
They signed Cristiano Ronaldo (among others) after Barcelona won the Treble in 2009. After Jose Mourinho’s awful final season, they broke the transfer record for Gareth Bale.
In 2019, after another trophy-less season, they spent around £300m to bring in Eden Hazard, Eder Miltao, Rodrygo, Ferland Mendy and Luka Jovic.
The only real exception here is after winning nothing in 2015. But they still found a drastic move by sacking Champions League-winning coach Carlo Ancelotti.
But throughout their Champions League dominance, they didn’t really go crazy with their spending and kept largely the same team. After winning La Liga in 2012, they signed Luka Modric for a modest fee but that was essentially it.
So this should all tell us that if Liverpool want the best shot possible at Alaba and Mbappe, they want a winning Real team. Because if they fall short, they’ll want to make a big splash.
And that could work against Liverpool’s reported plans.