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  • David Tyrer

Matthaus: 'You can't throw everything at Liverpool.. '

In just over 24 hours, the lads will be lining up to that sweet sound of the Champions League theme for the 2nd leg of our Champions League 2nd round at Bayern.

The teams played out a 0-0 draw in the first leg 2 weeks ago, with both sides agreeing it was a fair result in the end and opting to see their own benefits in the scoreline.

The Reds go into the match knowing that Bayern will simply have to try and come out of their own half this time around, hopefully leaving plenty of space for our counter attacks.

And Bayern and Germany legend, Lothar Matthaus, has said that it would be crazy to simply go all out against the Reds. Speaking to Sky Germany, Matthaus said: "0-0 is a decent result on the face of it but of course Bayern don't have an away goal, and that's all the more dangerous when you're playing Liverpool, who carry a huge attacking threat.

"Bayern have to find the right balance - don't concede, and score one themselves, that's all they need.

"But the balance is very important - and also very dangerous: a bit too attacking, and Liverpool can exploit that; too defensive, then that'll maybe reduce Bayern's own attacking threat.

"They've got to score a goal somehow, because I don't believe that in a game like this you can aim for a 0-0."

He's not wrong there, we do have to find at least one goal but having re-discovered our shooting boots against Burnley and with our front 3 having amassed close to 50 goals between them this season, we should still have hope of managing at least 1 or 2 goals.

He finished: "You start with a solid defensive game, in the same way they played in Liverpool, but definitely not too defensive.

"Firstly they're playing at home, and secondly they've got to get a goal, but actually in recent weeks Bayern have been good at the back, compact, and that's how you keep in check a strong attack like Liverpool's.

"You can't throw everything at Liverpool from the start, no coach would be that crazy, because we know how strong Liverpool are, and that's why the approach in the first leg was a bit more cautious than in other Champions League games."


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