Bayern Munich vs Liverpool preview | Team news | Expected line-up’s | Prediction
Here is our match preview ahead of Liverpool’s Champions League clash with Bayern Munich including team news, line-ups and prediction
Liverpool will be looking to book their place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League when they take on Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena this evening.
The Reds were held to a frustrating 0-0 draw in the first leg at Anfield last month but the fact they managed to prevent Bayern scoring means Liverpool know just how much an away goal will count tonight.
Jurgen Klopp obviously knows the opposition well having gone head-to-head with Bayern during his time managing Borussia Dortmund in Germany where he won back-to-back Bundesliga titles in 2010/11 and 2011/12.
Liverpool are flying domestically as they continue to battle Manchester City for the Premier League title but they face a tough task tonight as their away record in Europe is concerning this season having lost all three of their group stage games on the road.
The Merseysiders will be up against a rejuvenated Bayern Munich side who returned to the top of the Bundesliga table off the back of three wins in a row, scoring 12 goals in the process, so it’s set up to be an intriguing night at the Allianz.
Liverpool will be without Naby Keita as the midfielder has been left back in the UK nursing a minor injury but Trent Alexander-Arnold is fit after overcoming a muscle problem that forced him off against Burnley at the weekend.
James Milner is also in contention after recovering from a minor muscle injury that kept him out of action on Sunday but Joe Gomez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are still unavailable for first team duty.
Bayern will be without Joshua Kimmich and Thomas Muller due to suspension while Arjen Robben and Corentin Tolisso are also missing due to injury. However, David Alaba and Kingsley Coman are back in contention.
Bayern Munich 2-1 Liverpool: The stats don’t make for good reading as 68% of the 31 teams who’ve drawn 0-0 away from home in the first leg of a Champions League knockout tie have progressed to the next phase. Liverpool will obviously be dangerous opposition who’ll cause the hosts plenty of problems. If the Reds can keep things tight they will always have a chance with the firepower they have up front. However, it will be difficult to keep the likes of Robert Lewandowski and Frank Ribery quiet at the Allianz and I think Bayern will just edge it tonight.
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