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Can Liverpool eliminate Bayern Munich from Champions League?

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With only 4 matches left in the 1/8 finals of the Champions League, we already know four teams that have earned their spot in the quarterfinals, however, we still wait to see which remaining four will join them on the road for the European glory. In this article, we will check out what are the chances of Liverpool to defeat Bayern Munich in Germany and earn their spot in the next round of the Champions League.

Liverpool and Bayern Munich met each other at Anfield on February 2nd in the first leg of 1/8 finals. The match was an entertaining one, however, we did not see a winner, nor did we see a goal, which was not the result Liverpool had hoped to end up with. Now they have a tough task ahead of them; defeat Bayern Munich at Allianz Arena on March 13th.

Looking back at the first leg match between these two sides, Liverpool were the better team, however, they failed to produce many threatening opportunities to score a goal against Bayern. Despite having 16 goal attempts, Liverpool only managed to shot the ball towards Bayern goal twice, while Bayern managed to produce only 1 shot on goal out of 9 goal attempts.

While the match did not end particularly bad for Liverpool, it was still a disappointing result for the Reds, who failed to threaten the goal of Neuer, which might be concerning heading to Germany for the 2nd leg. Despite that, Liverpool are confident they are capable of defeating Bayern and advance into the next round. In an interview with the Reds defender Andrew Robertson, he stated:

“We were at home so of course, we were disappointed.”

“We came up against a very experienced team, a team that has been there and done it for six or seven years now. They knew how to frustrate us and how to frustrate the fans and they did it well, but we had chances and if we had taken them on another day the result would be different. A clean sheet at home in the Champions League is so crucial because we know when we go over there and if we can grab one it means they have to score two.”

Robertson is right. While Liverpool failed to impress and get themselves a lead at home, the draw is still a good result. With the aggregate score of 0:0, Bayern Munich are under a lot of pressure to avoid conceding a goal, which would mean they will need to score 2 just to avoid being knocked out.

With that in mind, Liverpool have got a good chance to knock out the German side in the next leg, but there is of course also they need to attend, where they need to perform up to par, just to have a chance to catch up to Manchester City.

On the other side, Bayern Munich just recently hit some internal struggles. While the club on its own works well, recent news of Muller, Boateng and Hummels not being selected in the Germany national team sparked up a lot disagreement among fans and players, which understandably did not do any good the morale of the trio. After the announcement, Bayern Munich had a few words to say to Joachim Low;

“Basically, we do not comment on the sporting decisions of the national coach, however, we find the timing and circumstances of the announcement of this decision to the players and the public to be questionable.”

In addition to the demoralizing news, Bayern Munich will also head into the next leg without Robben, who will miss the fixture due to a calf problem.

Despite all that, Bayern Munich and their team stated that they are ready for Klopp and his men for the 2nd leg of Champions League. At the end of the day, they are still Bayern Munich, who despite having a mediocre season this year have got the experience of competing on a high level, which is why I expect them to put up a good fight. When it comes to the question; Can Liverpool advance into the next stage of CL, I feel confident saying they can. Liverpool has a strong team, which they have proven numerous times before.

The title race in EPL might seem like it will shift their focus away from Champions league, however, Liverpool does not face off against any tough opponents in the next 2 rounds. On March 10th, 3 days prior to their clash against Bayern, Liverpool will host Burnley, while 4 days after they will visit Fulham. Neither of the teams should cause problems to Liverpool, which is why I expect them to travel to Allianz Arena focused to defeat the Germans.

Taking all into consideration, Liverpool seems to be in a much better position than their opponents, who will have to prevent Liverpool from scoring a goal, which would give them a hard time to catch up with 2 goals of their own.

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Liverpool veteran set to stay at Anfield as Jurgen Klopp values the player’s presence

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Liverpool FC transfer news: Simon Mignolet might remain at Anfield next season

Paul Joyce of the Times (h/t Liverpool Echo) claims that veteran goalkeeper Simon Mignolet looks set to remain at Anfield.

The Belgian joined Liverpool from Sunderland in 2013 and is one of the most experienced players in the current team.

Simon Mignolet

The 31-year-old was the back-up to Alisson last season, and the Belgian was expected to leave the Reds (h/t Liverpool Echo).

However, Jurgen Klopp values the Belgian’s attitude and presence in the team, and the goalkeeper is also valued highly in the dressing room, according to the report.

The report claims that Liverpool would only let Mignolet leave if they get a quality offer like Lucas Leiva did from Lazio a couple of years ago.

Mignolet’s stay would not be a bad move

The Belgian was always sharing positive messages as the Reds battled for top honours last season.

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Alisson

The 31-year-old only played in the domestic cup competitions but could get more games next season as we play in several tournaments.

Keeping hold of Mignolet would be great given his quality and experience, and he could help some of our younger keepers too.

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Mignolet has been a fantastic professional despite seeing Alisson take over as the No.1.

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“I know that the hard work is only starting” – Young forward excited as Liverpool set to complete signing on July 9

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Latest Liverpool transfer news: Liverpool to complete Conor Bradley signing on 9 July

The Mirror reports that Liverpool will sign 16-year-old attacker Conor Bradley on 9 July – his 16th birthday.

The Dungannon United youngster will be signed on a two-year scholarship by Liverpool, and the report adds that the Reds are his boyhood team.

The Northern Ireland youngster has played for the Reds in youth tournaments earlier, and the report claims that the 15-year-old impressed many members at Liverpool.

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Conor Bradley in action

Speaking to the Ulster Herald (h/t Mirror), Bradley was pleased at earning the opportunity to sign for Liverpool, but knew there was a lot of work to be done:

“But I know that the hard work is only starting. I’ll be part of the U18 squad and the good thing is I know the coaches and I know most of the boys in the team.”

The youngster added that he would be staying in familiar surroundings and was not worried about settling in. Bradley added that this was a dream for him and could not wait to get started.

Liverpool’s youth team doing well

The Reds have a lot of quality youngsters and Bradley has to work hard if he wants to feature regularly for the U18s.

Rafa Camacho

Liverpool won the FA Youth Cup last season and saw starlets such as Rafa Camacho and Ki-Jana Hoever pick up first-team minutes under Jurgen Klopp.

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Bobby Duncan and Paul Glatzel are two strikers who were in great form last season, and it will be interesting to see how things develop with Bradley.

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Barcelona starlet packs his bag ahead of a move to England amidst Liverpool interest

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Liverpool FC transfer news: Liverpool interested in Barcelona starlet Alejandro Balde

Liverpool are interested in Barcelona youngster Alejandro Balde, according to Sport (h/t Liverpool Echo).

The 16-year-old is primarily a left-back and is capable of playing as a winger too. The Spanish youngster recently moved up to the U-17 side of the Catalan giants.

The report claims that Chelsea are also interested in the 16-year-old, and Balde has packed his bags ahead of a move to England.

Liverpool are favourites to land the Spaniard ahead of Chelsea, given the Blues’ transfer ban (h/t Liverpool Echo).

The report adds that Barcelona are trying to keep hold of their star, however, the Spaniard seems set to leave the La Liga giants.

The Reds can also do with youngsters joining the academy and we have seen a couple of them break into the first-team under Jurgen Klopp.

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Joe Gomez (L) and Trent Alexander-Arnold celebrate

Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez are England internationals now, while the likes of Rhian Brewster and Ki-Jana Hoever are expected to be the next big stars for the Reds.

Liverpool have to decide on the futures of two youngsters too

Harry Wilson also came up through the system at Liverpool and was one of the stars in the Championship last season.

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Marko Grujic has earned a lot of praise after his spell at Hertha Berlin, and it will be interesting to see what the future holds for them.

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