Liverpool's Van Dijk to miss Bayern clash

Feb 21, 2019, 01:15
Liverpool's Van Dijk to miss Bayern clash

They'll be relying on the effective triumvirate of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino to see them past any defensive concerns.

Former Spurs forward Lineker is backing Liverpool FC to ease past Bayern over two legs to reach the Champions League quarter-finals for the second successive season.

"We didn't score but we didn't let one in".

Robert Lewandowski remains the Champions League's top scorer this season with eight goals, but he has netted only twice in 12 away Champions League games for Bayern. We are at home now, we will play in front of 75,000.

This is also the second time Liverpool have failed to score at Anfield in their last 20 UEFA Champions League matches - the other was in last season's round of 16 against Porto.

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"It's a long way away and it needs to be put to the back of the mind because we have some big Premier League games coming up so Bayern is forgotten about for now", he added.

Without the talismanic presence of Virgil van Dijk through suspension and the injured Joe Gomez and Dejan Lovren, Liverpool were forced to name a make-shift central defence with Brazilian midfielder Fabinho moved back to partner Joel Matip.

Liverpool are undefeated in their previous four trips to Germany (W2 D2), although Klopp in particular knows that a visit to Munich is one of the toughest assignments in European football - only Real Madrid have beaten the Bavarians on home turf in the last two seasons.

Ultimately, Bayern stifled Liverpool and they were the prime reason that we couldn't find ourselves a goal.

"That was a very hard game", Lewandowski said.

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A point would be enough to return Liverpool to the summit but Robertson warned his team - whose 3-1 win earlier in the campaign ended Jose Mourinho's reign in charge - that they will have to be at their best.

"If Bayern had been full of confidence we might have had more space".

"There will be a lot of moments where we have to defend and we worked on that, we tried to work on that because we respect the quality of Bayern Munich a lot - speed, technique, experience, it's all there what you need to be successful. I make Liverpool slight favourites and would fancy them to go through".

When *That* Champions League music hits! "We are modest, focused and have to give 100 percent in the next game".

And I was hoping the fans would have been a bit louder - it was very quiet.

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