Liverpool vs Real Madrid live stream and how to watch the UEFA Champions League online and on TV today, team news as Benzema and Salah start

Liverpool vs Real Madrid live stream
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Liverpool vs Real Madrid live stream

Liverpool vs Real Madrid will be shown on BT Sport in the UK but you can also tune in to this Champions League match in the USA on Paramount+. You can also watch a Liverpool vs Real Madrid live stream today on Stan Sport in Australia. Use a VPN to watch your usual stream from anywhere if you happen to be abroad. Full details on how to watch Liverpool vs Real Madrid just below.

Liverpool vs Real Madrid live stream: match preview

The teams are in and Liverpool are unchanged from their 2-0 defeat of Newcastle on Saturday evening. That means forward Darwin Nunez has won his fitness battle to start for the Reds, with Cody Gakpo through the middle and Mo Salah on the right. Stefan Bajcetic starts in midfield with captain Jordan Henderson and Fabinho, with Virgil van Dijk at centre-back with Joe Gomez. Diogo Jota, Harvey Elliott and Roberto Firmino are all on the bench. Real Madrid, meanwhile, make two changes from the weekend as captain Karim Benzema returns to the starting XI, along with Dani Carvajal at right-back. That means Rodrygo keeps his place in the attack alongside Vinicius Junior, plus Benzema, with Fede Valverde moving back into a midfield position with Luka Modric and Eduardo Camavinga. David Alaba, Eder Militao and Antonio Rudiger start in defence. Fit-again Toni Kroos makes a surprise appearance on the bench, with Eden Hazard, Dani Ceballos and Marco Asensio also substitutes.

Liverpool are probably sick of the sight of Real Madrid by now. Beaten by los Blancos in five of their last six meetings dating back to 2014, the Merseysiders will be desperate for revenge after Carlo Ancelotti's side swept to a 1-0 victory in last June's final in Paris. The Spaniards – with assists from Loris Karius, Sergio Ramos' wrestling moves and Gareth Bale's acrobatics – beat Jurgen Klopp's Reds 3-1 in the 2018 showpiece, too, and tonight's encounter will be the fifth meeting between the 20-time European champions in less than five years. There's history and genuine animosity here – one not to miss.

Whisper it, but there are green shoots of growth to what has been a pretty miserable season for Liverpool. Out of the League and FA Cups in the fourth round, the Reds are languishing in eighth in the Premier League, leaving the Champions League as their only realistic opportunity to win some major silverware in 2022/23 after last term's domestic cup double. Yet successive 2-0 league victories against Everton and Newcastle have restored confidence on the red half of Merseyside, especially with January signing Cody Gakpo firing his first Liverpool goals in both fixtures.

The fit-again Virgil van Dijk has helped but it is 18-year-old Spaniard Stefan Bajcetic who has most impressed recently, providing energy to what had become a worryingly lifeless midfield. Club record signing Darwin Nunez scored against Newcastle but the chaotic Uruguayan also picked up a shoulder problem at St James' Park and is touch-and-go for tonight.

The six-time champions recovered from an opening day Champions League defeat at Napoli to win their remaining five Group A games, with Mo Salah's best form in a trying season coming in this competition. Anfield's Egyptian King is tied with PSG superstar Kylian Mbappe on seven Champions League goals this season and has beef with tonight's opponents after Sergio Ramos dislocated his shoulder in a heavy challenge in the 2018 final.

Real Madrid began 2022/23 in ominous form, taking 31 La Liga points from a possible 33 to start the season while also winning their first three Champions League fixtures, yet a 3-2 defeat at RB Leipzig on matchday four sparked a major drop off. Los Blancos won just four of their next nine La Liga games and, though some confidence has returned after Carlo Ancelotti's side followed lifting the Club World Cup earlier this month with successive wins against Elche (4-0) and Osasuna (2-0), there remains a sense that the defending Spanish and European champions are yet to click back into top gear. They sit eight points behind league leaders Barcelona.

One player who has shone throughout is Vinicius Junior, joint-top scorer in all competitions. The Brazilian wide man has been subject to vile racist abuse back in Spain, but has struck 16 goals this season in what has been the 22-year-old's most consistent campaign to date.

Captain Karim Benzema has been in and out of the team through injury in that time but the 2022 Ballon d'Or winner has travelled with Madrid to Merseyside and is hoping to feature after being rested at the weekend. Aurelien Tchouameni, however, hasn't made it and remained in the Spanish capital, with Luka Modric and Eduardo Camavinga set to continue in the middle of the park. When it comes to the Champions League, though, no one knows how to go deep in this competition more than the 14-time winners – only a fool bets against los Merengues.

Liverpool vs Real Madrid kicks off at 8pm GMT / 3pm EST today, Tuesday 21st February, at Anfield, Liverpool. Make sure you know how to watch a Liverpool vs Real Madrid live stream.

US: watch Liverpool vs Real Madrid

Football fans in the US can watch a Liverpool vs Real Madrid live stream and every UEFA Champions League and Europa League fixture this season on Paramount+, from the group stages to the final.

You can get a one-month free trial of Paramount+ here using the code ADVANCE. After the trial ends, you'll pay just $5 a month ($10 a month if you want the ad-free plan).

The Paramount+ free trial is only available with the US and the offer ends on 4 April. Travelling overseas?

Use a VPN to watch Paramount+ from abroad without being blocked.

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Watch Liverpool vs Real Madrid live stream from anywhere

You won't be able to watch your regular Liverpool vs Real Madrid live stream while traveling abroad. The streaming service will spot that you're in a foreign country and block you. You can use a VPN (virtual private network) to get around this, though.

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2. Open up the VPN app and choose the location of the service you wish to access. For Liverpool vs Real Madrid in the Champions League, you may wish to choose 'US' for Paramount+.

3. Then head over to Paramount+ on your browser or device and enjoy the free Liverpool vs Real Madrid live stream!

Can you watch Liverpool vs Real Madrid in the UK?

Rights to show Liverpool vs Real Madrid and all UEFA club competitions in the UK belong to BT Sport, whose long-term deal means you'll also be able to watch all of the Europa League games. You can get BT Sport through BT TV, Sky TV and Virgin Media as well as through the BT Sport website and apps. Liverpool vs Real Madrid will be on BT Sport 1 in HD and BT Sport Ultimate in 4K.

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Watch Liverpool vs Real Madrid live stream in Australia

If you're in Australia, local streaming service Stan Sport provides live coverage of the Liverpool vs Real Madrid live stream and all other UEFA club competition games.

To begin with, there's a Stan 30-day free trial. After that, you choose your base package and the necessary sport add-on costs AU$10 a month on top (so, from $20 a month in total).

Stuck outside Oz at the moment? Don't forget that you can use a VPN to access a live stream without being blocked.

Liverpool vs Real Madrid live stream kick-off times

Global Liverpool vs Real Madrid kick-off times

  • UK: 8pm
  • Central Europe: 9pm
  • USA (EST/PST): 3pm / 12pm
  • Australia: 7am (Wednesday)
  • New Zealand: 9am (Wednesday)

Champions League round-of-16 fixtures (first leg) – dates & TV times

All times 8pm GMT (UK time) unless otherwise stated

Tues 21 Feb
Liverpool v Real Madrid
Eintracht Frankfurt v Napoli

Weds 22 Feb
RB Leipzig v Man City
Inter v Porto

Andy Murray
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Andy Murray is an award-winning sports writer and columnist. A fluent Spanish speaker and former semi-professional footballer, he was senior staff writer of world-leading football magazine FourFourTwo for seven years and continues to write and edit for them, national newspapers, websites and Premier League clubs. He is not a famous tennis player.