Real Madrid travel to Merseyside this evening to take on Liverpool at Anfield in the quarter final second leg of the Champions League. Los blancos go into the game with a 3-1 lead from the first leg in Spain, but will be wary of the danger posed by that away goal. They’ll take solace in the fact that Anfield will be without its fearsome atmosphere, however, like the one that met Barcelona back in 2019.
— Colin Millar (@Millar_Colin) April 14, 2021
That’s not to say the actual journey to Anfield was devoid of atmosphere, however. Madrid’s team bus was hit by missiles on its way there, with one actually striking and breaking one of the bus’ windows.
Something similar happened back in 2018, when the Manchester City team bus was struck by missiles when on the way to a full-to-the-brim Anfield ahead of their Champions League quarter-final first leg, a game Liverpool won 3-0. That same season Liverpool went on to lose the final to Madrid in Kiev.
"We sincerely apologise to our visitors for any distress caused. We will work together with Merseyside Police to establish the facts and identify those responsible.”
— Carl Markham (@carlmarkham) April 14, 2021
A Liverpool spokesman released a statement shortly before kick-off condemning the attack in no uncertain terms. “We condemn unequivocally the actions that led to Real Madrid’s team bus being damaged during its arrival to Anfield this evening,” it read.
“It is totally unacceptable and shameful behaviour of a few individuals. We sincerely apologise to our visitors for any distress caused. We will work together with Merseyside Police to establish the facts and identify those reponsible.”