Liverpool will play Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals and it’s a game that could influence transfer policy. A win could prove invaluable.
It’s official – Liverpool will face Real Madrid in the Champions League. It’ll be their first meeting since the final in 2018 and promises to be huge for both sides.
But this isn’t just a case of progressing in the competition. It’s a tie that will have major transfer implications.
It appears certain that Liverpool and Real will battle in the transfer window.
There’s the obvious one that everyone’s talking about – Kylian Mbappe. L’Equipe recently claimed the two clubs desperately want the Frenchman.
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They’re not the only ones, either.
But there’s more. For instance, Liverpool supposedly want a Real player in Raphael Varane. That’s according to OKDiario.
David Alaba, too, is a name linked with both clubs. ESPN claimed last month that the two are pushing hard for the player.
Sport Witness believe Liverpool and Real both want Santos teenager Angelo Gabriel. The list just seems to go on and on.
We’re sure we’re forgetting some, too. But to sum up, both Liverpool and Real will shop in similar markets this summer. And that makes this Champions League tie even more important.
So many of these deals will be swung by looking like the place to be. Knocking your transfer rival out of the Champions League is about the best way to do that.
Short of winning the whole thing, of course.
Liverpool, then, have an opportunity to show potential transfer targets that they’re the club on the up and that Real are a ways off. Showing that in an injury-ravaged season only makes the effect stronger.
And it’s particularly important to Liverpool, given the risk of no Champions League football next season. Right now, it feels as though the game against Real could make or break the summer plans.