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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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Klopp explains why he chose to leave out 30-year-old Liverpool star for Napoli clash



Jurgen Klopp explains decision to leave out Dejan Lovren against Napoli

Dejan Lovren hasn’t played a single minute for us this season after being linked with an exit from Liverpool in the summer (h/t Express).

The Croatian has fallen down the pecking order since the rise of Joel Matip and Joe Gomez, and was even left out of the squad for the trip to Napoli.

Liverpool start the defence of their Champions League crown against the Italian giants but Lovren will not feature in the team.

Jurgen Klopp explained his decision to leave Lovren out of the team but suggested that this was a tactical move (h/t Express):

“As an example, Dejan Lovren is not in the squad and I have no explanation for that other than two centre halves on the bench is probably not necessary.”

Klopp also highlighted that Xherdan Shaqiri was brought in as he provides options for a few positions and adds to the creativity of the team.

Tough times for Lovren

The 30-year-old will have to fight for a place in the starting XI and that will not be easy given the form of Matip and Virgil van Dijk.

The pair has been excellent over the past nine months or so and has helped us to a great start in the Premier League.

Dejan Lovren and Mohamed Salah
Dejan Lovren and Mohamed Salah

It will be interesting to see if Lovren gets a few games in the domestic cup competitions.

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Liverpool have a couple of young guns in Sepp van den Berg and Ki-Jana Hoever, who could feature in the first-team.

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Jurgen Klopp clarifies agent’s comments regarding weather impacting his future at Liverpool



Jurgen Klopp clarifies agent’s comments about weather impacting his future

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has clarified his agent’s comments regarding the English weather impacting his future at the club.

The German’s agent, Marc Kosicke, spoke to Sporx and claimed that the English weather would play a role in his time at Anfield.

However, Klopp clarified that his agent was only trying to make a joke about the weather (h/t Liverpool Echo):

“I think he wanted to make a joke! But now I have to be serious because I could make a lot of jokes about the weather, especially when I am sweating like crazy (in Napoli’s media room).”

The manager added that was just “German humour” and no one understood it. However, Klopp did suggest that the weather isn’t always the best in Liverpool:

“The weather in Liverpool is not always nice, especially in winter, but in March and September, it is nicer than you would imagine.

“I came in October 2015 and and you could sing a song ‘Don’t move to Liverpool in October’ and until March, for five months, it was not too cool and it was harsh.”

Klopp doesn’t mind the weather in England

The German did reveal that he spoke about the wind in a few games but says that this isn’t enough to see him leave the country.

Klopp also added that he was fine with the current weather in the country and he enjoys it:

“I am completely fine with the weather in Liverpool. It’s pretty much the opposite of this room right now! So I enjoy it quite often actually.”

The manager finished by saying that his agent was having a joke and no one actually got it.

Jurgen Klop lifts the Champions League trophy
Jurgen Klopp lifts the Champions League trophy

Klopp is contracted with the Reds until 2022 and has made us a force to be reckoned with.

Liverpool lead the Premier League by five points after just five games and are one of the favourites to win the Champions League this season.

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The Reds bagged their first trophy under Klopp last season, and there should be more silverware to come in the near future.

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Liverpool boost as key attacker is expected to be out for just two weeks – Klopp confirms



Jurgen Klopp confirms Divock Origi is out for a couple of weeks

Divock Origi picked up an injury in our 3-1 win over Newcastle United and had to be replaced by Roberto Firmino.

The Belgian was taken off in the first half after hurting his ankle, and will not feature for Liverpool against Napoli.

Divock Origi
Divock Origi

The 24-year-old scored some important goals for us in the Champions League last season, and Jurgen Klopp provided an update on the striker (h/t Liverpool Echo):

“The update on Div is that it is not too serious.

“We expect him [to be out for] between one and two weeks, but it depends a little bit on when he can deal with the pain.

“It is nothing really; it’s a feeling, but it should be fine.”

Good news for Liverpool

The Belgian might not be on the same levels as our first-choice front three, but he is a decent player to have on the bench.

The former Lille striker is the back-up to Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, and this update from Klopp is a bit of a relief for us.

Jurgen Klopp
Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool have some big games coming up after this week, with Leicester City, Tottenham and MK Dons (Carabao Cup) on the horizon.

Origi should feature in some of these games as we need to give a bit of a break to the likes of Mane, Firmino and Mohamed Salah.

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The trio has started the season in blistering form, and hopefully, they remain injury-free for the majority of the campaign.

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