• David Tyrer

Match Preview: Bayern Munich vs Liverpool

Date & time: Wednesday 13th March, 8pm GMT

Where: Allianz Arena

What channel: BT Sport

Referee: Daniele Orsato (ITA)


Perhaps, somewhat ironically, Jurgen's boys go into tonight's match under much less pressure than you might expect in light of lasts season's heroics in this competition.


Liverpool reached the final, of course and lost out narrowly to Madrid but sitting just 1 point behind Manchester City in the league has led to calls for LFC to allow themselves to be knocked out to concentrate on our holy grail. So failure tonight wouldn't be seen as a disaster for our current season.


But from the manager's, player's and, of course, fan's perspective that is utter nonsense.


We know the player's can do it; they did it last season and the squad is stronger this time around. We also have the extra experience and running what is apparently the greatest Premier League team in history so close can only give the players confidence. Also, why should the fans or players have to choose? We're good enough to win both.


That is the attitude that Jurgen Klopp will send the player's out with tonight: you are good enough to win this.


Despite that, we are still the underdogs. Bayern got the result they seemed to want from the 1st leg so now the pressure is all on them to play their game and set the rhythm. That lessened pressure on us should only be a good thing too as the boys looks to move into the last 8.


Injuries & Suspension

We're still without Joe Gomez, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Rhian Brewster. Our only other definite absentee is Naby Keita, who didn't travel after picking up a minor injury.


Despite s ight doubts about them both, Trent and James Milner are both included in the squad for the match.


As you'll no doubt remember from the 1st leg, Joshua Kimmich - one of Bayern's big threats - is banned after picking up another yellow in the first leg. Whilst Thomas Muller is set to miss this leg too.


The only other absentee is Corentin Tolisso, with that cruciate ligament injury but he's been out for some time now.


Form

Bayern: W-D-W-W-W (all comps)

Liverpool: D-D-W-D-W (all comps)


Predicted line-up

It's a tough one, to be fair as we need to score but need to ensure that Bayern don't, or that they at least don't get too many opportunities.


The instinct is to go with the usual back line, with Fabinho, Henderson or Milner and Gini in the middle but as we've seen before that that midfield 3 can become very stodgy.


After his display against Burnley, and subsequent early withdrawal, we wonder if Klopp might reward Adam Lallana in Naby Keita's absence. Either way, it'll be very interesting.


Predicted starting line-up: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Lallana, Henderson, Mane, Salah and Firmino.



 
 

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