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Fan rant of the day: Liverpool have nothing to fear from Bayern Munich



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It is going to be interesting for Jurgen Klopp as Liverpool were paired against Bayern Munich in the Champions League round of 16.

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.

Mohamed Salah scores for Liverpool

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.

Trent alexander Arnold Joe Gomez Liverpool

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.

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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.

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Champions League watch: Boost for Liverpool as Bayern star suffers an injury against Augsburg



Kingsley Coman

Latest Liverpool news: Kingsley Coman picks up an injury ahead of Champions League clash

Bayern Munich picked up another injury scare as Kingsley Coman limped off after the 3-2 win over Augsburg. The Frenchman was excellent in the win over the Bundesliga club, however, the Liverpool Echo reports that the 22-year-old went down the tunnel after picking up an issue in stoppage time.

Bayern played with 10 men until the end of the game, and Coman was the match-winner, scoring twice and providing an assist against Augsburg.

Good news and bad news for Bayern

There was some good news for Bayern in the game as Manuel Neuer started against Augsburg. The German had picked up a thumb problem, however, he looked to be in good shape ahead of the first leg at Anfield.

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Sadio Mane and Virgil van Dijk against West Ham

The Germans won’t have Arjen Robben for the game against Liverpool and Thomas Muller is suspended for both legs after picking up a red card in the previous Champions League game.

Liverpool will be without the services of Virgil van Dijk in the first leg. The defender picked up a yellow in the win over Napoli and is suspended for the tie. Dejan Lovren is a doubt for the clash, and it is to be seen how Liverpool field their defence on Tuesday.

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Bayern haven’t been in great form this season as they trail Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga. The first leg will be of huge importance for both sides looking to make their mark in Europe, and it will be interesting to see who deals with their injuries and problems better.

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Boost for Liverpool as key Reds star claims he is close to being 100% fit after nasty injury



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Joel Matip training

Latest Liverpool news: Joel Matip close to being 100%

Liverpool central defender Joel Matip has claimed that he is close to being 100% for the Reds on the pitch. The Cameroon defender missed a month of football after a collarbone injury during the Champions League win over Napoli in December.

He has started our last four games and believes he is close to being back to his best. The defender spoke to the official match programme (h/t Liverpool Echo) and claimed he needed a little more time on the pitch to get into the groove:

“My collarbone is completely fine now, but of course every player needs some time on the field after an injury to get back to 100% and build up the match fitness, but that is getting better and better.

“I need some time but I feel that I am in a good way and the shoulder is okay.”

The defender added that there are many games left in the season for him to perform, and claimed that he has to improve to stay in Jurgen Klopp’s plans.

Matip rises to the occasion

The 27-year-old has done a great job since his return, and Liverpool need him to stay fit for a while. Joe Gomez is recovering from surgery related to a lower leg fracture, and there is no time frame regarding the return of Dejan Lovren.

Our next game is against Bayern Munich in the Champions League and to make it worse, Virgil van Dijk is suspended for the first leg.

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Hence, we need Matip to be at his very best against the German giants alongside whoever he plays with in central defence.

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(Video) Liverpool star looks sharp in training after recovering from long-term injury



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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Latest Liverpool news: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain trains with the team and calls out Andy Robertson

Liverpool are currently in Marbella as they seek to make full use of the 10-day break between games.

The Reds play Bayern Munich in the Champions League on 19 February, and the training camp could help Jurgen Klopp plot the downfall of the Bavarians.

One player who won’t be starring in that clash is Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. The English midfielder is still recovering from his long-term injury but did make the trip to Marbella.

The 25-year-old seems to be getting close to full fitness, and Klopp even claimed he could play a part in our Champions League journey if we go through to the quarter-final or semi-final.

However, the Ox looked great in a clip shared by the club, and he even called out Andy Robertson suggesting the Scot isn’t as great as him.

The return of the Ox would be a boost for Liverpool

The Reds should not push the former Arsenal man to play games unless he is fully fit. However, it seems like things are going in the right direction for the player, and it looks like he might play a part in the last couple of months of this season. The Ox provides the Reds with more drive in the midfield and gives us something different.

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The Englishman was in great form before a horrible knee injury ended his campaign late last season. It will be interesting to keep a watch on him in the coming weeks. Hopefully, he has an important role to play in our Premier League and Champions League challenges this season.

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