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The 25-year-old Wales forward was an unused substitute in Saturday’s win over Levante in La Liga and has not been included in the 20-man squad for the match at Anfield, while Sergio Ramos (calf) is also missing.
Former Tottenham player Bale, who joined Real for £85.3m last year, has played 12 matches for the Spanish side this season, scoring five goals.
Real have won both their opening two Champions League games this season, while Liverpool have won one and lost one.
The Opta trends hint famous European night at Anfield
The Reds are the only team with a 100% win rate against Real Madrid in the Champions League
With Liverpool struggling to meet the lofty standards set last season, the expectation is that they will be shown up by Champions League holders Real Madrid.
However, two things are worth considering before reaching any hasty conclusions: Liverpool enter the match fresh from successive wins despite not performing to their full potential, and Real Madrid haven’t done anything too special this term.
Though they have won five in a row in La Liga, all bar one of their domestic triumphs to date were achieved against clubs in the bottom six, and it wasn’t until the 77th minute that they led Ludogorets in their previous Champions League encounter.
Opta note that Liverpool have faced the ten-time champions on three prior occasions and won to nil on every single one of them.
Real Madrid have failed to net against just two sides in the Champions League: Arsenal and Liverpool
Liverpool’s feat in never having conceded against Real Madrid may not survive Wednesday’s 90 minutes, but you shouldn’t expect the Reds’ defence to be embarrassed either.
They were breached only once in both of their opening two Group B ties and QPR were the first opponents in five (and merely the second in nine) to fire past them more than once. Gareth Bale’s absence should help.
Cristiano Ronaldo failed to score in five visits to Anfield as a Man United player
The pro-Ronaldo response to this statistic is to point out that, as brilliant as he was at Man United, he is a significantly better player five years on, yet it remains intriguing that he has never obtained much personal glory visiting the red half of Merseyside while a Premier League employee.
Despite breaking the record for most Champions League goals in a single campaign in 2013/14 (17), he has netted from open play in just one of his last four games in the competition outside of the Bernabeu.
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