With three premier league sides already through to the last eight of the Champions League, last years finalist’s Liverpool will be hoping they can join them as they travel to Germany Champions Bayern Munich for tonight’s second leg game.
With the scores level at 0-0 from the first leg in which both teams played some nervy football, Jurgen Klopp’s men will need to be at their best if they are going to progress and join premier league title rivals Manchester City, Tottenham and Manchester United in Friday’s quarter final draw.
Liverpool’s form lately as been patchy to say the least, with only 5 wins from their last ten outings and their normally lethal attacking trio seemingly off the boil. However, they looked more like their normal selves at the weekend when they came from behind to dispose of a stubborn Burnley side 4-2. In comparison their opponents made it 12th wins from 13 games returning to the top of the Bundesliga with a 6-0 demolition of Wolfsburg at the weekend. Ironically the only blip in they current run was the draw at Anfield two weeks ago.
This is something Liverpool boss Klopp is aware off as he spoke before the game;
“It's a much more positive moment for Bayern. They are top of the table and winning games comfortably again. But if we are at our best, we can be exceptional.”
For the visitors will have central defender Virgil van Dijk (pictured) back in the side after the towering defender was forced to sit out the first leg and just his presence is enough to make attackers sometimes second guess themselves. Add that to the news that England defender Trent Alexander-Arnold could also feature, and Liverpool’s recent defensive worries seem less of an issue.
James Milner will replace Naby Ketia in the Midfield after the Guinean international picked up an injury at the weekend. There is also rumours that former England midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could make his first appearance of the season after making his come back from a career threating knee injury when he featured in a reserve game last week.
The hosts have some discipline issues with Joshua Kimmich and Thomas Muller both side lined through suspension but on a brighter note they should have experienced forward James Rodriguez back in the side after missing the first leg.
More good news for the home crowd is that Defender David Alaba and exciting winger Kingsley Coman have both passed fitness tests and should also take some part in tonight’s game.
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