Toni Kroos withdrew from Germany’s national squad on Tuesday, two weeks before Real Madrid vs Liverpool. The midfielder would be a big loss for Los Blancos.
Real Madrid will want Toni Kroos to face Liverpool in two weeks – that much is obvious. But there’s now a question of how fit he’ll be.
Germany confirmed on Tuesday that Kroos has left their squad after an injury. They say it’s a ‘persistent adductor issue’.
Marca then went into more detail. Kroos will miss all three of Germany’s games and will have a scan back in Spain.
The German is a real doubt to face Eibar on April 3rd but he should still face Liverpool on April 6th. The scan will put more light on that, though.
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We’ll have to wait and see on Kroos, then. It sounds as though he’s pushing it close at the very least and may not be 100% against Liverpool – if he plays at all.
And that would be a big blow for Real.
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Liverpool will be without several stars, too, of course. Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip certainly won’t feature in either leg.
So Kroos not playing would level the playing field a little. He’s one of the world’s best midfielders, after all.
We certainly know Jurgen Klopp’s a fan.
“Toni Kroos is an exceptional player,” he told Marca back in 2017. “He’s a genius. He is so subtle with the ball.
“He is very important at Real Madrid. I like him a lot. He always knows what to do with the ball.”
His absence would help, then. Real aren’t quite as scary as they were back in 2018 when Liverpool last faced them.
Cristiano Ronaldo is no longer there, Gareth Bale won’t be available to score 1-in-a-million goals, and they have their own injury problems with Eden Hazard.
But they are still a good side. Kroos would prove a serious interruption, though, and hand an advantage to Liverpool.