MUNICH, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 09: Leon Goretzka (l-r), Serge Gnarby, Robert Lewandowski, Joshua Kimmich and James Rodriguez of Bayern Munich celebrate their team's second goal during the Bundesliga match between FC Bayern Muenchen and FC Schalke 04 at Allianz Arena on February 09, 2019 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Sebastian Widmann/Bongarts/Getty Images)

James Rodriguez is confident Bayern Munich can upset fellow European powerhouse Liverpool at Anfield in their upcoming UEFA Champions League last 16 tie.

The two five-time winners will trade tackles for the first time in the competition at Anfield on 19 February, with the second leg to be played at Bayern’s Allianz Arena on 13 March.

And the Colombian superstar Rodriguez is anticipating a huge clash at Anfield.

“I’m very much looking forward to facing Liverpool,” Real Madrid loanee James, 27, told SportBild and cited on Bundesliga.

“You can’t make mistakes in these games, but I think we can cause Liverpool problems. We have a team that’s good enough to go through if it goes well.”

Bayern capitalised on Dortmund’s slip up with a comfortable 3-1 win over Schalke to close the gap to five points this past weekend.

And James was instrumental in the two first-half goals at the Allianz Arena, as he reaffirmed he is nearing his best form following a ruptured knee ligament injury in 2018

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“I think I had a good game against Schalke,” James said after making his third competitive start in a row.

“I’m feeling better all the time. I was out for nearly three months. I’m providing more quality with each game, but I can still play better.”

Poland striker Lewandowski plundered his 25th competitive goal of the season against Schalke and he went on to praise the former Monaco man afterward.

“He showed how good he is and what he can do with the ball,” Lewandowski enthused after becoming the first player to score 100 Allianz Arena goals. “It’s great that we have players like James.”