Arjen Robben admits Bayern Munich couldn’t have been more unlucky in getting drawn to face Liverpool in the Champions League
Niko Kovac’s side will meet the Premier League leaders at Anfield on February 19 for the first leg of their last-16 tie and Robben is expecting a serious challenge.
“Liverpool are doing well again, just like last year when they made it to the final, and I also see them as a favourite for the Champions League this season,” said Robben, according to Football-Oranje.
“For us, it was perhaps the worst possible draw, but it’s going to be a great challenge.
“We have to look at ourselves, keep working hard and improve ourselves. If we have a good day and play the way we want, I’m sure we’ll make it very difficult for Liverpool.”
The Bayern star has been left impressed by his fellow Dutchman Virgil van Dijk, who has become an integral part of the Liverpool defence following his £75m move from Southampton last year.
“I do not know if he is the best defender in the world, other people are allowed to judge that, but I’m happy for him,” added Robben.
“He has made big strides lately – just look where he comes from.
“He has grown as a player, but also as a personality. I am happy for him, where he is at the moment.
“He is a key player at a gigantic club, and he is the captain of the Dutch national team. He deserves all the compliments.”