Liverpool's Van Dijk to miss Bayern clash

Posted February 21, 2019

There was a good tempo to the encounter, as both sides looked for the early goal as Manuel Neuer denied Mohamed Salah while Alisson did well to keep out Robert Lewandowski.

But way back in 1981, Bayern got a goalless draw in the European Cup semi final at Anfield but Liverpool still sneaked through with an away goal in the return leg and went on to win the trophy.

Liverpool can ill afford to become distracted by the prospect of a hard second leg at Allianz Arena in three weeks, with four key domestic games upcoming. Bolstered by that record, Niko Kovač's men will be confident of progress in front of their own fans, even against a Liverpool side that scored nine goals on their knockout travels last term.

Bayern are now unbeaten away from home in the UEFA Champions League since September 2017 (W6 D3). Of course it would have better had we won the game, but a 0-0 draw is the best draw you can get. "It wasn't a Champions League night from that point of view".

"In England, first the coaches shake hands, [but] I did what I do in Germany, said sorry and made up for it, and in Germany we will do it as we do it in Germany".

Should the Croatian miss out, the Liverpool manager would be forced to play a makeshift centre-half alongside Joel Matip, with Virgil van Dijk ruled out through suspension.

The teams will meet again March 13 in Munich in the second leg of their Round of 16 series.

As the game wore on, Liverpool grew more risky while Bayern became more resilient.

"We need to bring our "A" game and if we can do that then hopefully it will be enough to win".

"You can never say what will happen in the Champions League". We did not offer as many spaces as in the league.

Merseyside Police Superintendent Dave Charnock said: "Although we did see a small number of arrests yesterday, the overwhelming majority of Liverpool and Bayern Munich fans who both went to the game and watched it at various locations across the city were extremely well behaved". It is not a game we will remember in 30 years.

Liverpool didn't relent and pushed continuously, but on countless time they were met with a stubborn defence who stood their ground.

Yes, they are much more of a collective now than they have been in years, but I still don't buy into the Ole Gunner Solskjaer "revolution" being a permanent recalibration for Manchester United.