It is Bayern Munich vs Liverpool at the Allianz Arena tonight, as both European giants will be looking to book their place in the Champions League quarter-finals.
Jurgen Klopp returns to Germany to take on his former rivals – Bayern Munich in a Champions League tie which is stuck at 0-0 from the first leg at Anfield.
The Bavarians are in excellent form ahead of the Liverpool tie, scoring 11 goals in their last two outings in the Bundesliga.
They must win the game to secure progress in the quarter-finals of the competition, while a score draw would do the job for the visitors.
Bayern Munich will miss the suspended duo – Joshua Kimmich and Thomas Muller, while Arjen Robben (calf) and Corentin Tolisso (knee) are still out due to injury.
#Alisson on his opposite number 🗣️
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However, David Alaba and Kingsley Coman have finally recovered and are expected to feature in tonight’s game at the Allianz Arena.
Naby Keita did not travel to Germany with the squad, as he suffered a minor injury. Oxlade-Chamberlain (hamstring) and Joe Gomez (ankle) will also miss tonight’s game at Bayern.
Trent Alexander-Arnold and James Milner are not fully fit and are the major doubts for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
What did the managers say
Nico Kovac hopes that the home crowd will help Bayern Munich to get the result they want tonight.
“The whole world will be watching. It’s a highlight, not just for the players and coaches, but also for all fans and the media.
“If we want to go through, we have to win. There can be no 0-0s. But we will have the kind of support in the stadium that we have not seen for a long time,” he said via the UEFA official website.
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Jurgen Klopp believes that the atmosphere at the club is great ahead of the clash with Bayern.
“This game has nothing to do with anything else. We need rhythm, it’s all about balance. Bayern have world class players so we have to defend at our highest level, but when we have the ball we have to be really confident and brave.
“We don’t feel the pressure – the atmosphere is great in the city and at the club. I know I have to produce success but there’s no pressure. I’ve loved to come here in the past – we played great matches here with Dortmund – and I’m happy to be part of a great match.”
- Bayern Munich have won only one of their eight matches in European competition against Liverpool.
- Liverpool progressed on away goals in their previous encounter with Bayern in the European Cup in 1981.
- Bayern Munich have only failed to score once in their last 26 Champions League home games.
- The major threat for Liverpool tonight will be Robert Lewandowski, who managed to score 23 goals in his last 22 Champions League games at the Allianz Arena.
- Liverpool have lost their last four away games in the Champions League (against Roma, Napoli, Red Star Belgrade, and PSG.)