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.
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There was an air of relief and belief at Anfield after the final whistle against Crystal Palace. The Eagles have been a thorn in our side for a few years now and almost came back from Anfield with a point.
The Reds were run ragged by the counter-attacking brilliance of Roy Hodgson’s side and Wilfried Zaha, as we hung on for a 4-3 win.
James Milner was tormented by Zaha, and the Englishman’s night as right-back ended early after two yellow card offences against the Ivorian.
The Reds held on, Jurgen Klopp pumped his fists to the crowd wildly and the team can now take a 10-day break before their clash against another unpredictable side, Leicester City.
This break could not have come at a better time for Klopp’s men and the win serves as a major warning of what can go wrong for the team in the remainder of the season.
Liverpool close to the finish but the race isn’t over
Palace are a bogey team for us and they have plucked out results when no one expected, however, this performance certainly was not a quality one from the Reds.
Liverpool haven’t blown teams away this season but we have controlled games. That was not the case against the Eagles as they relentlessly attacked the right side of the defence.
Andros Townsend’s opener was also due to several Liverpool players trying to press the Palace players in midfield. The discipline needed in pressing as a unit was missing early on.
We have been a little unlucky with some injuries as our defence has been ravaged by problems. Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez were not available for selection on Saturday, and Milner was taken to the cleaners by Zaha.
We won’t face many players of the same quality as Zaha for the remainder of the season, but Klopp should understand we cannot risk a make-shift right-back against one of the best in the league.
Milner will miss the game against Leicester, but Klopp should take the Foxes seriously.
Time for some players to return to form and fitness
Georginio Wijnaldum has been one of the stars for the Reds this season, and he was missed in our win over Palace.
Dejan Lovren is another player out with injury, and it is to be seen who all recover from their injuries in the next 10 days.
We are a little short on experienced cover for right-back, but Fabinho could do a job there and the youngster Rafa Camacho could start for us against the Foxes.
The midfield is a bit of a conundrum if Fabinho is shifted to the defence. Naby Keita wasn’t great against Palace while Milner will be suspended for the tie, and there is no time frame for Wijnaldum to return.
Injuries aside, some of the Liverpool players need to pull their socks up. Sadio Mane scored the fourth goal of the game, but missed umpteen chances to put a player through.
Keita, as mentioned was poor but he wasn’t playing in the centre of the park, his preferred position. Roberto Firmino also scored, but the Brazilian was poor in possession, and we cannot have many players perform poorly together.
The break could not have come at a better time for Klopp. The Reds are against the Manchester City juggernaut and we cannot let our guard down.
The games will get tougher as the season progresses, and the German has to ensure all the players are in sync for the remainder of the campaign.
Blow for Liverpool as €50m star’s agent rules out January move and tips summer move to Real Madrid
The 20-year-old can play as a centre-back or right-back and has impressed in his debut season for the Portuguese giants. The report adds that Manchester United and Real Madrid are also interested in the 20-year-old, and the Madrid giants are being touted as “front-runners” for Militao.
“There is no possibility of the player leaving his current club in the winter market. We’re not ruling out his signing for Real Madrid in the summer.”
The pursuit of the highly-rated defender also has a monetary issue, with his current release clause being €50m, and the report adds that the clause will rise to €75m if the player remains at Porto beyond this transfer window.
Brazil outlet UOL Esporte (h/t Daily Star) claims that the 20-year-old knows about the interest from the La Liga giants but prefers a move to England.
Liverpool could do with another quality centre-back, with Virgil van Dijk being the star for us this season. Joe Gomez was in great form prior to his injury against Burnley and hopefully, he should return to the team in a few weeks.
The Reds have several problems at the moment, with Trent Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Georginio Wijnaldum, Dejan Lovren and Gomez all injured.
James Milner also picked up a red card in the win over Crystal Palace, and it will be interesting to see how we line up against Leicester on January 30.
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The Reds lost in their first clash of each competition and have to wait until 30th January for their next game, which is against Leicester City.
Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester City have to play in the midweek in the Carabao Cup and then the FA Cup, but Klopp was relieved the Reds can now head off for a break. James Milner picked up a red card in the win over Crystal Palace while Fabinho limped off with an injury.
Klopp claimed he wasn’t sure of the pair playing against the Foxes and added that the break will be used for training (h/t Liverpool Echo):
“I would imagine Milly out now and Fabinho for sure a doubt, it would have been a massive challenge if we should play on Wednesday and Saturday again.
“I’ve no idea how we would have done that. It would be now two days recovery for the boys with the most minutes. The others train and then we start preparation for the Leicester game which is another tough task.
“But it won’t be a real break. We will use it for training.”
Trent Alexander-Arnold also picked up an injury in our win over Brighton and missed the clash against Palace. The Englishman was expected to be out for a month but Klopp added that the youngster could make a quick return.
“Trent is a very quick healer so that gives us at least a little hope. We have to see.”
Liverpool are fortunate that they have 10 days before facing an unpredictable Foxes team. Leicester have beaten Chelsea at Stamford Bridge this season and if we aren’t at our best, there will be some nervy moments similar to the ones we had against Palace.
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