Liverpool face an almighty test on Wednesday evening, taking a 0-0 draw to Bayern Munich for the second leg of their Champions League last-16 clash.
Bayern Munich vs. Liverpool
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 – 8pm (GMT)
Champions League Last 16, Second Leg
Referee: Daniele Orsato (ITA)
European away days don’t come much more glamorous and high-profile than this.
For the first time since the Champions League‘s inception in 1992, the Reds visit Bayern, in the standout tie of the round.
The two sides shared a surprisingly low-key goalless draw at Anfield last month, with the result better for Niko Kovac’s team but far from disastrous for Liverpool.
It leaves the contest finely poised, as Jurgen Klopp returns to his homeland and attempts to dump one of his greatest adversaries out of Europe.
Sunday’s 4-2 win over Burnley was a welcome shot in the arm and the Reds must take that momentum with them to the resplendent Allianz Arena.
Klopp’s men have lost their last four games on the road in the Champions League, dating back to last season’s semi-final clash with Roma.
Bayern are flying at present, so if Liverpool don’t fire on all cylinders they may find themselves focusing solely on Premier League commitments come Thursday morning.
Fabinho‘s calm, influential form in the No. 6 role means he is indispensable in Munich, but who will join him?
Liverpool’s Travelling Squad for Bayern Munich
Goalkeepers: Alisson, Mignolet, Kelleher
Defenders: Van Dijk, Matip, Lovren, Alexander-Arnold, Robertson, Moreno, Phillips
Midfielders: Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Milner, Lallana
Forwards: Salah, Mane, Firmino, Shaqiri, Sturridge, Origi
Adam Lallana impressed on Sunday and may feel he deserves to retain his place.
Joshua Kimmich and Thomas Muller are both suspended for Bayern and Corentin Tolisso is out with a cruciate ligament injury.
Veteran winger Arjen Robben has also been ruled out, meaning Serge Gnabry and Franck Ribery could start on either wing, either side of Robert Lewandowski.
Likely Bayern XI: Neuer; Rafinha, Sule, Hummels, Alaba; Martinez, Thiago; Gnabry, Rodriguez, Ribery; Lewandowski
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Did You Know?
After a double on Sunday, Mane has now scored eight goals in his last nine Reds appearances.
There is a strong argument to say that he has been Liverpool’s most consistent attacking player this season, ahead of Salah and Firmino.
Can he make it 10 in 10 on Wednesday?
Bayern Munich – Last five results (all competitions)
Won 6-0 vs. Wolfsburg
Won 5-1 vs. Borussia Monchengladbach
Won 1-0 vs. Hertha Berlin
Drew 0-0 vs. Liverpool
Won 3-2 vs. Augsburg
Liverpool – Last five results (all competitions)
Speaking to the club’s official website ahead of the much-anticipated game, Klopp insisted Liverpool would need to be “exceptional” to secure progress:
“We are strong enough to give them a proper game and that’s the only thing you can expect in a situation like that, in a good situation.
“That’s what I’m thinking about: how can we cause them problems they have never had in the season so far against other opponents?
“They have, of course, really strong opponents but if we are at our best we can be exceptional.
“But we have to be, actually—if we play a normal game there we have no chance and then we should go out.”
Live Blog & TV Info
Bayern Munich vs. Liverpool is on BT Sport 2 from 7pm (GMT) and kickoff is at 8pm.
Ben Twelves is in charge of our matchday live blog from 7.15pm, as he talks you through the action.