Away goal is vital for Liverpool: Aldridge

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 19: Thiago Alcantara of Bayern Munich holds off Naby Keita of Liverpool during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 First Leg match between Liverpool and FC Bayern Muenchen at Anfield on February 19, 2019 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 19: Thiago Alcantara of Bayern Munich holds off Naby Keita of Liverpool during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 First Leg match between Liverpool and FC Bayern Muenchen at Anfield on February 19, 2019 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

According to the former English Premier League footballer, the Reds have the advantage when they visit Bayern Munich in March.

Yesterday, English Premier League club Liverpool hosted German Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich at Anfield, in a game that ended up 0-0.

The match was the first leg of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16.

This means that in three weeks when these two sides meet up again, the advantage is for the Reds, who can advance to the next round thanks to the away goal rule.

“This Liverpool side has built a reputation for scoring goals aplenty, but this was a night when the ball wouldn’t fall for them in the box and when they had a big chance to win it late on, it fell to the wrong man in Fabinho,” wrote former Premier League footballer John Aldridge on The Independent.

“Liverpool got into some great positions, but their final ball was lacking and it means they will have plenty of work to go when they go to Munich three weeks from now.”

“However, I would back Liverpool to score at least one goal in the return match if they bring their shooting boots with them,” he added.

“Liverpool are capable of scoring anywhere and I would be amazed if they go 180 minutes without scoring, so the away goal rule could end up being crucial in this tie.”

“A 1-1 draw in Munich? It is a result I can see coming to pass in the second leg and that would be enough to send Liverpool through,” he explained.

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“What we saw at Anfield last night was a high-quality game between two top sides and you could see the attacking threat Bayern possessed when they got into decent positions.”

“To their credit, Liverpool’s defensive line held firm in the absence of Virgil van Dijk, with Joel Matip and Fabinho superb at the heart of the defense,” he continued.

“Fabinho turned in a great performance and bailed Liverpool out on a few occasions in the second half with his reading of the game and he should now be viewed as one of the most improved players over the course of this season.”