L'pool played 63 games this season, not sure about RM? 38 in La Liga + ?? Must be less though surely. 6 day break for L'pool will help but RM appear to have full rested squad. Guts me to say it, but 4th CL cup for Ancelotti looks a real possibility.Liverpool look tired and I'm not surprised given their season. They've played every game possible this season. I hope Klopp gave them a couple of days off after their last PL game. I doubt Thiago will play which is a shame as he's brilliant but we have the depth. I hope Diaz starts too, He's been electric since he joined and will put the fear of God into Madrid's RB and likely keep him in their own half.
I think I'd go with Konate tbh, as you say he is pacier and he is probably the best header of the ball from corners out of all 3 of themThere's 5 subs in the CL so doing that's a lot easier than the PL and allows us to take a bit of a gamble on Thiago if he's not 100%.
As Pigeon says, the big decision is who partners VVD. Matip's the safe option. He's less likely to make a big error that could cost us where as Konate's still got a mad moment in him as we saw vs Wolves on Sunday. On the flip side, Konate's extra pace in dealing with Vinicius down our right could prove vital. He's also a bigger threat at set-plays and we saw Chelsea cause Real a lot of problems from corners. My gut feeling is that mistake vs Wolves is going to cost Konate and Matip will start but I wouldn't be shocked if we went the other way too.