Liverpool travel to Germany to take on defending Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena in the second leg of their Round of 16 UEFA Champions league tie
The first leg ended at Anfield ended with a 0-0 scoreline with both teams taking a rather cautious approach over the course of the 90 minutes. However, it won’t be the same tonight as both sides have been in impressive form lately and would want to progress to the quarterfinals. Liverpool come into the game on the back of a 4-2 victory over Burnley at Anfield in the weekend. Bayern, on the other hand, demolished Wolfsburg 6-0 at the Allianz Arenal in their last Bundesliga fixture.
Liverpool are second in the Premier league, just 1 single point behind defending champions Manchester city. Bayern Munich, meanwhile seem to have found their mojo back after an ordinary domestic campaign so far and have reclaimed the top spot from rivals Borussia Dormund. The 2 sides are level on 57 points, but the Bavarians edge ahead on the back of a superior goal difference(+35 vs +33). Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk spoke ahead of their trip to Munich,
“It’s going to be an exciting tie. They played very well [at Anfield], kept it tight – especially at the back – and they obviously showed us a lot of respect,” the central defender told a press conference on Monday.
“They changed a bit the way they played I think, so we need to be up for a big fight because they are probably going to come all in, especially in the beginning. It is going to be tough and we need to do better than we did in the last away games in the Champions League.
“The group stage games were not as good as we wanted, but we got through to the knockout phase. Now we have a 0-0 and we want to do everything that is possible to get through. We know it is going to be a very hard and tough game.”
“To keep a clean sheet in the first leg is always good for both teams but we know if we score they need to score two. That is how it is. We want to win the game and go through.
“There will be times when it is going to be very tough, we are going to be under a lot of pressure because they have a lot of quality and they showed that. But we will definitely have our own moments because of the quality we have as well.”
Both sides come into the game with more or less equal chance of qualification. However, the only slight advantage that Liverpool might have is that they did not conceded an away goal in the first leg and if they are able to score tonight, that might just skew the tie in their favour.