Champions League Preview: Bayern Munich v Liverpool
Liverpool face a tough challenge to qualify for the Champions League quarter-final as they travel to the Allianz Arena after a goalless 1st leg at Anfield.
Jurgen Klopp would have hoped his side could have come away with more than a draw in their home leg against his former foe. Bayern Munich, especially when a fortress like the Allianz Arena awaits them on Wednesday night.
Importantly for Liverpool, their defence held strong and prevented Bayern’s stacked side from taking any away goals back to Germany.
After losing a number of his star players to Bayern when managing Dortmund, and being beaten by the German giants in the 2013 Champions League final, Klopp has an extra incentive to eliminate Niko Kovac’s side.
Worryingly for Liverpool fans, the Reds’ away record is not an impressive one so far this season, having lost all three of their away group stage games, including a disappointing defeat to Red Star Belgrade.
Adding to Liverpool’s woes, since drawing at Anfield, Bayern have won three games in a row, and scored 12 in the process to go back top of the Bundesliga table.
Victory for the German side will see them in the pot for the Champions league quarter-final for the eight consecutive season, having failed to fall before since defeat to Inter Milan in the 2010/11 season.
Liverpool will be without Guinea international, Naby Keita, who will remain in Merseyside after a minor injury prevented his travel.
More positively for the Reds, Trent Alexander-Arnold, who was taken off with a knock during the Burnley game, and James Milner who did not feature with a muscle injury have both travelled to Germany.
The hosts will be without Joshua Kimmich and the recently internationally axed Thomas Muller, both of whom will be suspended for the tie.
Defender, David Alaba and winger, Kingsley Coman have both recovered from injuries to be of use for Bayern, while Colombian James Rodriguez is also expected to feature.