Stubborn Bayern hang on to keep Liverpool goalless
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
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.
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