Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Liverpool are prepared to pay £52 million for Real Madrid's Luka Modric

Liverpool are prepared to pay £52 million for Real Madrid's Luka Modric

Getting his Real Madrid side where they are today has been a struggle and hearing accusations of a so-called heist against Juve in the semis must be hurtful for a man who has worked very hard to try and make his team a success. 'There are people that are anti-Madrid and we can't change that, ' added Zidane. The reaction to the penalty awarded for Benatia's foul on Lucas has clearly irritated him no end.

Despite being 14 points away from safety, Malaga still have the potential to trouble Zidane's side and the French coach made that clear in the pre-match press conference. The same happened when they offered bonuses to third party teams to win their games, Madrid paid them in exactly the same way that other clubs did to teams to beat them. It's always tough straight after a Champions League game because we put in a massive effort.

It'll be more hard after the Champions League match because we made an enormous effort, but we've managed ourselves really well in the last three days and now we're prepared to do well in another LaLiga game.

Meanwhile, Sergio Ramos is expected to return to the starting lineup after missing out against Juventus in the Champions League quarter-final second leg due to a one-match ban.

Guarding the flanks should be Dani Carvajal and Theo Hernandez, with the latter enabling Zidane to rest Marcelo following a exhausted showing against the Bianconeri. Goalkeeper Keylor Navas and left-back Marcelo both had poor games, and too numerous team's big names failed to have an impact.

Modric appeared to pick up a problem in the first half of the game on Wednesday and was replaced by Mateo Kovacic.

Real Madrid will be hoping to return to winning ways when they head to the bottom of the table Malaga on Sunday evening.

Isco might be rested as well, although the Spaniard has recovered from a knock he sustained during the midweek game against Juventus.

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