• David Tyrer

Who's Didi Hamann want to win: Liverpool or Bayern Munich?

Having played for both clubs, former Liverpool and Bayern Munich midfielder Didi Hamann will have a tough choice on Tuesday night when the the two teams go head-to-head.


The 45-year old spent some time at Newcastle United, sandwiched in between his spells at both clubs, racking up almost 150 games for Bayern, before playing over 300 times for the Reds under Houllier and Rafa Benitez in his 7 years at the club.


Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, he said: "It was the draw Bayern didn't want.


"Getting Liverpool was probably the hardest one out of the hat in terms of facing one of the second placed teams.


"Liverpool have been going strong in the Premier League. They had a couple of average games after the turn of the year but they came back to form against Bournemouth.


"On the other hand, you have a team in Bayern Munich who are very fragile at the moment. Even when they do control games they give away a lot of chances and goals."


The German Bundesliga champions came from behind twice against Augsburg on Friday night, eventually winning the match 3-2 but they have so far struggled to keep the pace with a new, youthful looking Dortmund side and Hamann fears the worst for one of his old teams.


He went on: "As you saw at Augsburg, they are very vulnerable to the counter-attack. Nine or 10 of the last 13 goals they have conceded have come from counter-attacks.


"That's certainly something Liverpool are good at. I expect a deep lying Bayern Munich side."


Asked about where his loyalties will lie, Hamann really only had one choice: "I had the longest and most successful time in my professional career in Liverpool. The memories I have from my time there will never go away. Liverpool will always have a special place in my heart.


"At the same time without Bayern Munich I probably wouldn't have ended up at Liverpool.


"I'd say it's a bit more rooting for Liverpool. I just want to see two good games, no hard luck stories and a great advertisement for the Champions League with the better team going through."



Hamann has split loyalties, but says there's a clear favourite for him

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