Liverpool v Bayern Munich - Match Preview

Liverpool v Bayern Munich

Liverpool will be out to draw first blood when they host Bayern Munich in a Champions League last 16 first leg tie at Anfield on Tuesday night.

bet365 match odds: Liverpool 21/20, Draw 14/5, Bayern Munich 13/5

The tie pits two of the most successful clubs in the history of the competition in its various incarnations, with the hosts bidding to stay on course for a second successive Champions League final appearance.

Bayern, an ever-present in Europe's premier club competition, have won it twice since the turn of the century and finished as runners-up on as many occasions.

It is because of the protagonists’ European pedigrees that this match holds a lot of promise as a football spectacle.

The two sides meet for the first time since 2001, when Liverpool won 3-2 in the UEFA Super Cup.

Jurgen Klopp has faced Bayern Munich before, in an all-Bundesliga Champions League final in 2013 when he was in charge of Borussia Dortmund. Bayern won that particular contest, so this tie is an opportunity for Klopp to extract a measure of personal revenge.

Early elimination from the FA Cup gifted Liverpool a free weekend. The Reds have not played since the 3-0 home win over Bournemouth on 9 February.

Klopp will be hoping that the freshness will reflect in side’s performance and the result.

Bayern Munich have been in indifferent form this season, although Liverpool will do well not to read too much into their opponents’ struggles.

The Germans have plenty of talent and aggregate experience in their side to pose a formidable threat.


Captain Jordan Henderson or Fabinho could be pressed into emergency central defensive duty alongside Joel Matip as Jurgen Klopp faces a defensive crisis.

Dejan Lovren is battling to be fit for the clash, with the Croatia international only given a slight chance of inclusion among the substitutes.

Liverpool are already without Virgil van Dijk, who is suspended, while Joe Gomez is sidelined following surgery.

The redeployment of either Henderson or Fabinho would free up a spot in central midfield, with Naby Keita likely to get the nod, not least for his considerable knowledge of the opponents acquired when he played for Red Bull Leipzig.

Xherdan Shaqiri is also pressing for inclusion against his former club.

Bayern have defensive problems of their own, with Jerome Boateng ruled out due to illness.

Matt Hummels, who played for Klopp at Dortmund, looks set to be partnered by Niklas Sule in central defence.

The German champions are also without Arjen Robben and Corentin Tolisso (injury) and Thomas Muller (suspension).

However, it's not all bad news for Niko Kovac’s side.

Kingsley Coman has been passed fit to face Liverpool, allaying fears over the France international’s involvement after he limped off during the 3-2 win over Augsburg on Friday night.


Sadio Mane to score anytime @ 13/8 bet365 (6/1 first goalscorer)

Draw @ 14/5 bet365

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