In the latest Liverpool news, defender Joe Gomez has been ruled out for the remainder of the season after undergoing ankle surgery so will miss the 2018 World Cup.
Gomez has made his mark on the first team this season, making 23 Premier League appearances, and has also broken into England’s senior ranks.
The 20-year-old, who is predominantly a right-back, was deployed at the heart of defence by Gareth Southgate in the friendlies against Brazil and Germany last year and his displays received huge praise.
It was thought the Catford-born star would be included in the Three Lions’ 23-man squad for the major event in Russia this summer but, after the recent injury news, his chances are now over.
Gomez, who was playing through the pain barrier in the matches against Stoke and West Brom last month, has undergone ankle surgery.
The versatile defender will be absent for the Champions League final against Real Madrid in Kiev on May 26 and manager Jurgen Klopp is beginning to build up a lengthy injury list.
Midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is on the sidelines with a knee injury, centre-back Joel Matip is out with a thigh problem whilst German midfielder Emre Can has not played since mid-March because of a back issue.
Liverpool are the underdogs ahead of the clash against Los Blancos and the Reds are 19/10 with SkyBet to win in 90 minutes. The draw is priced at 14/5 whilst the Spanish outfit are 6/5 to win the tournament for the third straight year.
Gomez’s injury opens up a spot in Southgate’s World Cup squad and Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles, who has enjoyed a good season with the Magpies, is 16/1 to make the final cut.
Everton’s Michael Keane and Swansea City’s Alfie Mawson will also be hopeful of earning a place in England’s squad, with the pair priced at 12/1 and 4/1 respectively to earn a seat on the plane to Russia.