Liverpool will travel to the Allianz Arena to take on Bayern Munich in the second leg of their Champions League Round of 16 match.
The first leg at Anfield finished goalless, leaving both sides with it all to play for in Munich on Wednesday. Liverpool had the better of the draw, but Bayern defended stoutly to keep the Reds at bay. Bayern had no shot on target, which was a first for them in the competition in four years. Both the sides are in close races for the respective domestic titles, so balancing the squads is key for the managers.
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool trail Manchester City at the top of the Premier League by just one point. In December they led City by 7 points, but that leads has evaporated since due to some poor results. They beat Burnley 4-2 at Anfield on Sunday, as Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino both scored braces. Mohamed Salah has not scored in four games, and extending that run to five will be Bayern’s aim.
Bayern Munich vs Liverpool Match Predictions
Niko Kovac’s tenure at Bayern started off slowly, but it is gathering pace now. Saturday’s 6-0 win over Wolfsburg put them at the top of the Bundesliga, albeit only on goal difference over Borussia Dortmund. Bayern were trailing Dortmund for most of the campaign, but 12 wins in the last 13 league games means that they have finally caught up to them now.
Trent Alexander-Arnold is a doubt for Liverpool, as he exited the game early against Burnley. James Milner is sidelined as well, but Klopp has many options in midfield. Adam Lallana was impressive against Burnley, so he will vie with Jordan Henderson and Naby Keita for the midfield spot. Virgil van Dijk, who was suspended for the first leg will also start.
Bayern have a couple of injuries to deal with. Thomas Muller and Joshua Kimmich are two key players who will be suspended for the match. Arjen Robben is nursing a calf problem, and Corentin Tolisso is out with a knee injury. Kingsley Coman is also a doubt, which means that Franck Ribery and Serge Gnabry will start on the wings.
Liverpool reached the Champions League final last season, where they lost to Real Madrid. But it is Bayern who have been superiors in the competition, as they are aiming to reach the quarter-finals for the eighth season in succession.
Liverpool know that an away goal would be huge for them, which would leave Bayern needing to score at least two goals. Playing on the counter could suit Klopp, as the pacy Mane and Salah are bound to cause Bayern problems.
The home fans in Bavaria will be up for the game, and it should reflect in the side’s performance. It is bound to be a close contest, but Bayern are looking like the more cohesive unit right now. Liverpool should fancy themselves scoring, but their away form in the Champions League could prove to be their downfall again.