Real Madrid have two injuries to worry about in midfield as they prepare to face Liverpool next week. Zinedine Zidane reportedly had a plan.
This comes from Mundo Deportivo. They claim Real Madrid have real midfield woes as two players missed training this week.
Toni Kroos, who left Germany with an injury last week, and Federico Valverde weren’t with the rest of the team. Both are real doubts to face Liverpool.
That’s an even bigger problem than it first seems. Marca reported last week that Zinedine Zidane had a plan involving both players against the Reds.
He wants to go 4-4-2, using Kroos and Valverde with Modric and Casemiro. But with two potentially missing, that likely won’t happen.
And that hands an early advantage to Liverpool in their Champions League clash.
What RTK has to say
Two missing would be great for Liverpool but even just one is a huge bonus. Anything that forces Zidane into a sub-par plan.
It evens the playing field, after all. Liverpool won’t have Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Joel Matip, Jordan Henderson and whoever else inevitably picks up an injury this weekend.
But the Reds are used to make-shift sides this season. Being used to them hasn’t always guaranteed results, of course, but at least injuries won’t interrupt Jurgen Klopp’s current plans.
Real will be sweating on this one, then. Kroos, in particular, is a key player for them and they’ll feel his loss.
While they do have decent squad depth, there isn’t anyone to match his quality. Especially if Valverde is out, too.
Eden Hazard remains sidelined on top of those – this certainly won’t be the star-studded Real side that beat Liverpool in the final three years ago.
Does that make Liverpool favourites? We’re not quite sure. But it certainly makes us confident.