Klopp is the one manager that broke the Bayern juggernaut in the Bundesliga, and returning to Germany is always going to special for our manager.
His Borussia Dortmund side were a pain for the Bavarians, and Liverpool should be another tough task for the Bundesliga champions.
This Bayern isn’t the dominating force it once was, and it has already lost three games in the league this season. Compare that to Liverpool, and we are yet to lose in the league and sit pretty at the top.
Of course, looking at our Champions League performances, we have been soundly beaten on all three away games in our group, but we have been fantastic at home.
Bayern didn’t have a tough group like we did, and were a little lucky to top their group after that 3-3 draw against Ajax.
Liverpool played PSG, Napoli and Red Star Belgrade, and our home form took us into the next round of the competition.
Our first leg is at Anfield, and even though we are without Virgil van Dijk, the Reds should start as favourites not only for the tie but also for the two-legged affair.
Ageing Bayern against a rising Liverpool
The Reds don’t have many players who are above 30 when it comes to our starting XI. James Milner and Adam Lallana are the only players above 30, and both find it hard to play regularly in the side.
Looking at the spine of this Bayern side, we have Robert Lewandowski, Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng, Franck Ribery, Manuel Neuer and Arjen Robben all 30 or above,
Ribery and Robben don’t start regularly for the Bavarians but the others are first-teamers and should be there for the taking.
Liverpool’s attackers have the guile, pace and ingenuity to overcome the Bayern defence. Klopp has also found a second system to use, the 4-2-3-1, should we need to control the game.
Mohamed Salah has found his scoring boots in recent games while Sadio Mane keeps finding himself in great positions and just needs to score more often.
Our defence is great too, but Van Dijk will be a big miss in the first leg. Alisson, Andy Robertson and Joe Gomez (should be fit for the Bayern tie) have been excellent and will be tested well by Lewandowski.
The greatest aspect of our side is the midfield. Klopp has six quality options to chop and change about, and Fabinho could be the X-Factor for us over the two legs.
Additionally, the Bundesliga giants aren’t playing fantastic football and Niko Kovac has looked bereft of ideas, especially in the early parts of the season.
Liverpool started the campaign slowly but the win over Everton seems to have turned a corner for us. We were amazing against Napoli, and the same can be said about the performance against Manchester United.
There is a bit of history also in our favour as we have beaten the Bavarians twice in European competition while they have just one win to their name.
Our last meeting was in the UEFA Super Cup final in 2001 where we won 3-2 thanks to goals from John Arne Riise, Emile Heskey and Michael Owen.
It is safe to say that this Liverpool side has better attackers when compared to those under Gerard Houllier, and this team is getting better with each game under their belt this season.
Anfield will play a huge factor in our hopes of knocking out Bayern, and we have all the tools to get a large enough lead in the first leg to take our foot off the gas in the second.
Liverpool have blown away PSG, Napoli and Manchester United at Anfield this season, and with Klopp being a bit of a kryptonite against Bayern, another hammering could be on the cards for the Bundesliga giants.
Liverpool’s latest decision over 23-year-old star is the right move for all parties involved – opinion
Liverpool opinion: Liverpool’s decision to send Marko Grujic on loan to a big club is the right move
The midfielder spent last season at Hertha Berlin where he scored five goals in 22 appearances and was one of the bright spots for the Bundesliga side.
The 23-year-old was also sent on loan in the previous campaign where he helped Cardiff City gain promotion to the Premier League.
The Serb also made it to the World Cup squad in the summer, however, he did not get any minutes in Russia.
The report claims that Liverpool
The report adds that Liverpool could be in the market for a midfielder in a couple of years, and Grujic could be more valuable to the team then.
Another season away is the right deal for all parties involved
Grujic would not get too many starts next season if he stays at Liverpool. The Reds have seen Fabinho grow in presence since his move from Monaco while James Milner also did a good job last season.
Jordan Henderson seems to be playing his best football and helped us win the Champions League final.
The competition for places would be even greater next season with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain back in the team from his long-term injury.
Naby Keita was also doing well before he picked up an injury while Georginio Wijnaldum was one of our top performers last season.
Sending Grujic to a club that plays in
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The 23-year-old has a lot of time on his hands to improve and hopefully, the next campaign will see the Serbian take his game to another level.
Bundesliga boss claims there have been no bids for Liverpool target
Latest Liverpool transfer news: Ralf Rangnick claims there have been no offers for Timo Werner
RB Leipzig manager Ralf Rangnick provided an update on German striker Timo Werner.
“Timo is of the opinion that he does not want to extend the contract. So far, no club has reported their interest or said they would speak with Timo and want to sign him.”
The Leipzig boss also claimed that Werner’s current position could lead to problems with the fans:
“It’s not a good idea for Timo to go into the final year of his contract, which could be difficult for his relationship with the fans depending on how his performance turns out.”
Werner had a difficult World Cup for Germany but found his shooting boots at Leipzig.
The forward scored 16 goals and provided 7 assists in the Bundesliga, helping them finish in the Champions League spots last season.
Rangnick wants Werner to stay
The 23-year-old is one of the brightest talents in the Bundesliga, and Rangnick wanted Werner to sign a new deal with the club:
“My opinion is that Timo fits best here, also in terms of style of play. If I were his advisor or father, I would clearly advise him to stay and extend his contract.”
The Leipzig manager claimed that Werner would be allowed to leave when a “really big club” comes calling. Liverpool have a great forward in Roberto Firmino while Divock Origi did a good job in his place last season.
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Rhian Brewster is expected to get some minutes in the first-team this season, and it will be interesting to see if Jurgen Klopp makes a move for his fellow German in the summer.
Scottish giants confident of landing Liverpool starlet on loan deal after impressive season
Liverpool FC transfer news: Rangers set for second spell with Ryan Kent
The Daily Mail reports that Scottish giants Rangers are close to agreeing on another loan deal for Ryan Kent. The Liverpool youngster spent last season at Ibrox and was named as the PFA Scotland young player of the year.
Daily Mail claims that Leeds United are also keeping tabs on the Englishman, however, Rangers are confident of sealing a deal for Kent.
Kent was excellent for the Scottish giants last season, and the report adds that Rangers are looking at signing another Liverpool winger.
Sheyi Ojo linked with Rangers too
Sheyi Ojo is the other player who is interesting Rangers, according to the report, and the potential signing of Kent does not have an impact on the other move.
The pair would be in safe hands as former Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard manages the Glasgow giants.
The former Red did a very good job finishing second behind Celtic and he would want to build on that result in the upcoming campaign.
Kent returning to Rangers on loan would be interesting and sending Ojo there could see the 21-year-old develop under Gerrard.
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The report claims that Liverpool have high hopes for the 21-year-old Ojo and is expected to sign a new deal with the club before he leaves on loan.
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