Liverpool will play host to Bayern Munich to call for a highly anticipated last 16-tie of the Champions League on Tuesday. Although
both are former Champions League winners, Liverpool smoothly made its way to the final season but will have to struggle to progress through a difficult group. The Reds slowly began to lose the pace after back-to-back away losses to Red Star Belgrade and Paris Saint-Germain but later a 3-0 win over Bournemouth has this team back on track. With some tricky fixtures ahead that include Bayern, Manchester United, Watford and Everton, Liverpool’s shaky defense and attacking errors can cost them out of the league. With a team that stretches its winnings to last season’s final and made it through their group this time around, Liverpool’s performance has been constantly taking a dip as out of their eight fixtures, they went on to win only three and lost five. This time around, Reds’ had a 10-day break between the matches and this can give Klopp a chance to dig deeper into the team performances.
In a statement passed, Klopp said that he is planning for the game without Dejan Lovren due to a hamstring injury, while Joe Gomez will be on the sidelines carrying an ankle injury. But the trouble won’t stop for Liverpool, record signing Virgil van Dijk is suspended after picking up three yellow cards. This calls for the duo Fabinho and Joel Matip to handle the center-back.
While Klopp is still fearing to lose his job, Niko Kovac saved himself after Bayern Munich took a slow start but now are back in the Bundesliga title race. They won 10 of its last 12 fixtures, hereby finding some stability under Niko Kovac.
Bayern is only desperate to get the silverware of Champions League right onto their chest. Having to note that, Bayern are also on a run of eight consecutive Champions League away games without a defeat, which adds a few more troubles for Liverpool’s campaign. Their winning run includes 5-1 victories home and away to Arsenal, giving them a record of 10 wins from 15 two legged ties against English clubs. Adding to their strength, Robert Lewandowski is in a great from and can easily team up with Javi Martinez or Leon Goretzka. The Poland international leads the Champions League scoring charts this term with eight in total, and he is aiming to find the back of the net for a fifth consecutive European game – something he has not previously managed in the same season.
Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Fabinho, Robertson; Wijnaldum, Henderson, Keita; Salah, Firmino, Mane.
Bayern Munich: Neuer; Kimmich, Sule, Hummels, Alaba; Martinez, Thiago; Gnabry, James, Coman; Lewandowski.
VENUE: LIVERPOOL VS BAYERN MUNICH
- Date: Tuesday, Feb. 19
- Time: 3 p.m. ET
- Location: Anfield in England
With Bayern not having to lose a single away game, Liverpool’s dipping form of attacks will cost them to give Bayern one away goal in this fixture.
Liverpool 0-1 Bayern Munich