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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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Why a move for this Argentine star would take Liverpool’s attack to the next level

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Paulo Dybala

Liverpool opinion: Why signing Paulo Dybala would be incredible for Liverpool’s attack

Argentine sensation Paulo Dybala has been linked with a move as Liverpool consider a summer bid for the Juventus star, according to Tuttosport (h/t Liverpool Echo).

The 25-year-old joined the Italian giants from Palermo and has gone from strength to strength in Turin.

Dybala has won the Serie A thrice with Juventus and also has three Coppa Italia titles to his name. The 25-year-old is yet to win something with the national side, but that is a different story.

Liverpool could do with more options in attack

The Argentine is one of the brightest sparks in the Serie A, but he hasn’t been prolific in front of the net this season.

Dybala only has nine goals in all competitions with four assists in this campaign, and the limelight has focused on Cristiano Ronaldo since the move from Real Madrid.

Liverpool, on the other hand, have had a fantastic season with several players chipping in. Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane have 17 goals each in the Premier League. Virgil van Dijk is one of the best defenders in the world while Alisson has done his bit in keeping us in the title race.

However, the Reds need to bring in quality options for their front three.

Roberto Firmino, Salah and Mane are great as a trio but as soon as one of them is injured, we end up losing a lot of attacking ability.

Divock Origi and Daniel Sturridge are decent players but they don’t have the same impact on the pitch as the trio.

Divock Origi of Liverpool

Divock Origi scores for Liverpool against Everton

Dybala has the ability to play across the front-line or just behind the striker and would be that addition that takes our attack to the next level.

It would provide Jurgen Klopp scope to mix things around with the attack, and also allow the German to rest the attackers in certain games.

The Reds have been extremely reliant on Salah over the past year, and his lack of goals in recent weeks has been taken care off by Mane’s brilliant form.

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The Argentine is young, tenacious and has the quality to shine for a team like ours. It will be interesting to see if Juventus are willing to deal with us for the attacker, but there is no doubt Dybala would increase the competition for places at Liverpool and could raise the game of the other players.

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Liverpool have some tough decisions to make in the summer and it includes strengthening this position

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Liverpool opinion: Reds have tough decisions to make regarding goalkeeping spots next season

Liverpool went out and smashed the record transfer fee for a goalkeeper when they signed Alisson from AS Roma (h/t BBC).

That record didn’t last for long as Chelsea bought Kepa Arrizabalaga (h/t BBC), however, this was a statement of intent from the Reds in the summer.

The goalkeeping position was always going to be a huge problem for the Reds as Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius fought it out for the No.1 spot in the team.

Both made mistakes when Jurgen Klopp played them in the team, and Karius had a tough outing against Real Madrid in the Champions League final.

The German was sent on loan to Besiktas in the summer, but problems have risen in Turkey. Reports suggest that Karius wants the Reds to cancel after a difficult season.

Loris Karius of Liverpool

The former Mainz star has made a few glaring errors at his new home too, and reports suggest that a couple of German clubs are interested in signing him.

Who plays as the No.2 next season?

The dilemma that Liverpool could face is regarding their No.2 goalkeeper for next season. Karius left the Reds on a two-year loan deal to Besiktas and it will be interesting to see if he is open to becoming our No.2 again or if Klopp wants him back.

The German keeper hasn’t even completed one season away from the Reds.

Simon Mignolet has been a fantastic No.2 this season, especially because of his professionalism. The Belgian was replaced by Karius last season and has hinted he will discuss his future in the summer (h/t Liverpool Echo).

Simon Mignolet of Liverpool

Simon Mignolet

The Reds also have young goalkeepers such as Caoimhin Kelleher and Kamil Grabara impressing recently.

Grabara is out on loan at AGF and featured on the bench in our 2-1 defeat at the hands of Chelsea in the Carabao Cup this season.

Liverpool need a dependable No.2 who can do a job should he be called upon and pushing a young keeper into that role might be a risk.

Similarly, making Karius the No.2 before he has found his confidence again would be just as risky.

Any goalkeeper that is the second choice will have limited game time, however, we need someone of quality who can step up if Alisson gets injured.

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The Reds have some thinking to do in the summer, and hopefully, we find the right person to cover our Brazilian star.

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Fan Opinion: Not just the attack – Liverpool need to strengthen these two spots in the summer too

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Liverpool players against Watford

Liverpool opinion: Reds need to strengthen their full-back positions in the summer and not just the attack

Jurgen Klopp recently claimed that the Reds would not spend huge in the summer window, and was interested in working with the players at hand.

The German has taken a team struggling to find an identity after Brendan Rodgers was sacked, and has transformed the team into Premier League contenders.

Most of Klopp’s signings at Liverpool have worked well, except Loris Karius, who is now struggling at Besiktas.

The Reds have one of the best first XIs in the Premier League, however, they need to strengthen a few positions.

Attack needs more cover

Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino strike fear into most defences but there isn’t a lot of quality cover for the trio.

Mohamed Salah Liverpool

Divock Origi and Daniel Sturridge have struggled to have the same impact when starting or coming off the bench. In fact, Origi was linked with a move away in the winter window (h/t Mirror), while Sturridge is out of contract at the end of the season.

The Englishman spent the second half of last season on loan at West Brom and that didn’t work well for him.

The Reds could do with some quality wingers/attackers to take the pressure off our front three, and we have been a little fortunate that none of the three picked up a serious injury this season.

The midfield seems well stocked at the moment, but the full-back positions are also in need of additions in the summer.

Robbo and Trent need competition too

Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold are possibly two of the best full-backs in the Premier League.

The pair bomb forward and help out the attack with their fantastic crosses, but the Reds are thin on quality cover for the pair.

Ki-Jana Hoever of Liverpool

Ki-Jana Hoever

Joe Gomez can slot in as the right-back but his best games have come in the heart of the defence. We tried Jordan Henderson as the right-back in some instances and that experiment didn’t go well.

Alberto Moreno hasn’t really put Robertson in major pressure for a place in the first XI and has been linked with a move in the summer (h/t Metro)

Our utility man, James Milner, can slot in either position, however, his best performances have always come in the midfield.

Liverpool has youngsters such as Ki-Jana Hoever and Rafa Camacho who can play as the full-back, but they need time to develop.

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The Reds need to keep improving to stay above their rivals, and a couple of decent full-backs should not only provide cover to Trent and Robbo but also competition.

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