Ex-Germany international Dietmar Hamann doubts Bayern Munich would be able to beat Liverpool in the Champions League knockout stages
Niko Kovac’s side finished top of Group E following their 3-3 draw at Ajax on Wednesday night with Bayern only dropping points twice in their six games.
But Hamann, who won the Champions League with Liverpool in 2005 and started his playing career at Bayern, reckons the German club must hope they do not get drawn against the Reds for a last-16 tie.
“Liverpool and Atletico [Madrid] are the strongest of the teams that ended in second place,” Hamann wrote on his column for Sky.
“What Liverpool showed was amazingly impressive once again. Klopp and his team are the last opponents I’d want to face.
“I think Bayern would have little chance against them in the round of 16. For me, Bayern are not in the extended circle of favourites for the first time in many years.
“The Reds lost three games away from home and still progressed. Sometimes, such things trigger something very special in a team.”
The draw for the last-16 stage of the 2018/19 Champions League will be made on Monday at 12:00 (CET).