Liverpool had more than there fair share of chances, but a dogged Bayern defence took everything that was thrown at them to carry a goalless draw to Munich.
Liverpool vs Bayern Munich: match report
Bayern Munich take advantage back to Munich, holding on to see out a 0-0 draw at Anfield as a rampantly attacking Liverpool threw the kitchen sink at the visitors, but to no avail.
After having gotten into several more promising attacking positions than their opponents, Liverpool will be kicking themselves for failing to score, with the front three of Mane, Salah and Firmino uncharacteristically lacking the killer instinct to finish off anything initially created by those behind them.
Star man Salah was the most notably off target, and will hope to be considerably better for the second leg in Munich, where Liverpool will realistically need to score an away goal if they are to have any hope of going through.
Klopp’s men had 16 shots at goal to Bayern’s nine, but could only manage to put two on target, leaving goalkeeper Neuer with not much to do on the night, as his defence, dogged until the end, put in an extra shift to keep Liverpool from testing his gloves.
Liverpool vs Bayern Munich: as it happened
95' Bayern have one last chance to sail one into the box from a free kick just inside Liverpool's half. But they're happy to pass it back to Neuer and take the 0-0 draw to Munich as the ref blow it’s up. A frustrating night for Liverpool, who had a plethora of chances, at least a few of which they should have taken. But their front men uncharacteristically lacked the killer instinct tonight.
93' Mane makes burst towards Bayern's box, beats one challenges, but his pass towards Origi is blocked.
91' Four minutes added on here. Can Liverpool manage to muster up some magic to win this?
89' Origi is fouled and now Liverpool have a chance to put a free kick into the box..... but it's a poor delivery as the ball sails over everyone and over the far touchline. Klopp shakes his head.
86' Corner comes in from the left. Matip connects but heads it over the bar.
86' Robertson puts a cross in towards Mane!... He dives low but his header is deflected out for a corner.
85' Another uninspiring Liverpool attack is broken down.
83' Delivery from the corner Salah is poor, as has his overall performance tonight.
83' Corner for Liverpool as the Kop`urges them on.
81' Ribery comes on for Coman.
78' Bayern have a much-needed chance to attack, some nice interplay before a ball is played over the Liverpool defence to Alaba by the byline on the left, but he's flagged for off side.
76' Firmino makes way for Origi
74' Salah does well to fend off Alaba on the right side of the box, before he cuts inside, the ball drifts towards Wijnaldum, who wanted to leave it for Salah, while Salah edged off to allow Wijnaldum to take over. Awful communication, one of them should have hit it.
69' Salah tries to dribble into the box... dispossesed... the ball falls to Henderson, and he's dispossessed before he even has a chance to think about what to do with it. Solid defending from the Germans, Liverpool are running out of ideas.
68' A Bayern leg comes in to disposses Mane as he was about to pull the trigger from just inside the box on the left. Liverpool continue to pile forward but defensively Bayern have had an answer for everyhting that has been thrown at them in the last few minutes.
61' Arnold disposseses a Bayern defender and dribbles back into the box, but his pass towards Mane is poor and Bayern manage to clear it away. Another chance goes begging for the hosts.
59' Gnabry shoots again, this time from distance! It's just over Alisson's crossbar. Bayern starting to build up a shot count now after a quiet first half.
57' Gnarbry dribbles into the right side of the box and shoots! But it's deflected for a corner, from which Bayern manage to do nothing.
55' Martinez is without a boot after a challenge by Henderson, who goes in the book for his efforts.
51' Bayern finally lose the ball after having completed some 30 passes. They just could not find a way around Liverpool.
47' Liverpool starting from where they left off as Alexander-Arnold breaks down the inside right, he squares to Salah but his shot is blocked.
46' And Bayern get the second half underway!
Great shot of Mane's first overhead attempt. Decent connection but Ronaldo a la Juve, or Bale a la Kiev it certainly was not.
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46' And that's at the end of half. Bayern have somehow survived that Liverpool bombardment!
44' Some nice link up play from Liverpool to unlock the Bayern defence and release Firmino on the right side of the Bayern area. The angle is too acute to try a shot so he tries to dink it over towards Mane, but it's well over the head of Senegalese, who also had two men on him.
41' Salah squares it to Firmino, but the Brazilian misses from 8 yards out! How have Liverpool not scored?
38' Mane with his second overhead attempt of the game! Keita's shot from the edge of the penaly areas hits a Bayern leg and is deflected high into the air. Mane tries to connect with an overhead as the ball comes back down on the left side of the box. But the Senegalese drives it over the bar.
36' Great delivery from the corner in the direction of Lewandowski, who just mis-times his jump and is beaten to it by a Liverpool head.
36' Bayern have their first corner of the game.
34' Keita's shot takes a lucky deflection to land at the feet of team mate Mane. He's unmarked and has just Neuer to beat from close range but he completely fluffs the shot and drives it wide of the right post. What a chance wasted!
31' Bayern looking a little unsure of themselves when Liverpool pile forward, but the hosts so far lacking the quality to really test Neuer.
29' Bayern coach Niko Kovac is furious over something and giving the assistant an earful.
27' Kimmich goes in the book for a late tackle from behind on Mane.
24' Alexander Arnold on the left floats a first-time cross towards Salah by the far post. But the Egyptian guides his header wide of the right post. Liverpool have had a couple of chances now and are looking the more dangerous.
21' Salah and Mane both scuff shots, before the ball bounces to allow the latter to attempt an ambitious overhead kick from the edge of the penalty area. He connects well but it goes well wide.
17' Bayern respond through Coman, who rockets a shot into the side netting from the left. He has looked menacing for Bayern so far.
16' Chance! Mane recieves the ball on the left from a Salah pass and comes storming towards the box. He sidesteps to the left and hits it low and hard, but wide of the left post.
13' First real chance of the game! Henderson glides a beautiful long ball into the box. Salah is surrounded by two Bayern defenders and manages to stick out a leg and have a stab at it from close range. But it's saved by Neuer.
12' Cross come in from the free but it's straight to a Bayern head.
11' Foul on Wijanldum and the hosts now have a chance to sail a free kick into the box.
7' Bayern look spritely going forward, but their attack comes to an end when Coman is called up for a hand ball inside the Liverpool box, after he tried to weave a ball through for Lewandowski which deflected off a Liverpool player and came back and hit him on the arm. So far the most exciting thing to have happened.
5' Five minutes in here and neither team has threatened. Bayern currently passing it around their own third with Liverpool players pressing high.
2' Lewandowski is fouled by Matip and Bayern have possession.
1' Liverpool get the game underway!
So far this season, Salah has provided 20 goals and 8 assists in 34 games; Lewandowski, 25 goals and 11 assists in 30 games, meaning the Pole edges the head to head.
Bayern fans were in full voice as they marched towards Anfield a little earlier...
Bayern coach Niko Kovac was on the field when these two sides met in the Uefa Super Cup final back in 2001. The game finished 3-2 to Liverpool, with Riise, Owen and Heskey getting on the scoresheet for the winners.
"It is one of these games that if I was not involved in - and I'm really happy I'm involved - I would try to buy a ticket. That's the truth!" - Klopp on his excitement about tonight's clash.
Bayern Munich have won only one of their seven matches in European competition against Liverpool (D4 L2). That came in the Cup Winners' Cup second round back in November 1971, with two goals from Gerd Muller and one from Uli Hoeness in Munich. You can check out more interesting opta stats before the game starts here.
Bayern Starting XI: Neuer, Sule, Hummels, Thiago, Matinez, Lewandowski, James, Gnabry, Alaba, Coman, Kimmich
Liverpool starting XI: Allison, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Fabinho, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Keita, Mane, Salah, Firmino
Klopp was at the helm at Dortmund for the first-ever all-German Champions League final back in 2013, a game his side lost 2-1. He'll be hoping to avenge that defeat tonight with a win over the old Bundesliga enemy.
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of Liverpool vs Bayern Munich. If there is one man at Anfield who knows all about the visitors this evening, it's former Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp.
Liverpool vs Bayern Munich: preview
Jürgen Klopp will face old Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich when his Liverpool side play host to the German titleholders in the Champions League last-16 tie at Anfield on Tuesday night.
Last year’s finalists Liverpool have been in impressive form domestically this season. Having lost just one game from 26, Klopp’s side currently sit in second place on goal difference behind Manchester City but with a game in hand, as The Reds look to secure their first league title since 1990.
In Europe, however, Liverpool have not been so invincible, losing three of their six group games and scraping their way through to this stage of the competition thanks to a matchday-six win over Napoli. Bayern Munich will be prove to be a much sterner test than Napoli for the Merseyside outfit, who will be hoping in-form striker Mohamed Salah can find the goals to get their quest in the knock-out phases off to a good start, as they look reach their second consecutive final.
In contrast to their opponents tonight, Bayern Munich have not been so formidable on the domestic front, having lost four games in 22 to see them three points behind Bundesliga leaders Dortmund. But in the Champions League, Niko Kovac’s men are unbeaten and travel to Anfield after having topped Group E ahead of Ajax, with four wins and two draws.
However, neither side’s respective form in Europe up to this point will matter much on Tuesday, when they come together for the first leg of perhaps the most mouth-watering fixture of the last-16 draw.
Both Klopp and Kovac will have to choose their starting eleven from a weakened pool of players.
In defence, Klopp will be without centre back Virgil Van Dijk, who is seeing out a one-match ban, and Joe Gomez, who is still recovering from a fractured leg. Van Dijk’s central defensive partner, Dejan Lovren, is also doubtful. In midfield, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain sits the game out with a cruciate ligament issue, while Xherdan Shaqiri remains a doubt to play against his former club.
Meanwhile, Kovac will miss veteran Arjen Robben’s experience at Anfield, where the Croatian coach will also be without midfielders Corentin Tolisso and Kingsley Coman. Franck Ribery and Leon Goretzka are also concerns for the visitors.