FC Bayern Munich vs Liverpool, Confirmed Line-Ups, UEFA Champions League, Last-16, Allianz Arena
Posted: 13 March 2019 Time: 20:46
Liverpool will be aiming to overcome the recent dip in form against Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena, with their round-of-16 tie evenly poised at 0-0 coming into the second leg tonight.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp dismissed claims of 'Manchester United pundits' in the pre-match build-up to the fixture and highlighted their ambition to win away from home against the German champions.
"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."
The Reds will need to be on high alert as they come up against one of Europe's most feared attackers in the form of Robert Lewandowski, who's accumulated 40 goal contributions (29 goals, 11 assists) in 34 games across all competitions.
Which colossal defender Virgil van Dijk eluded to, as per BBC Football; "You need to be smart and more than 100% ready for anything. If he's trying to run at you, trying to get past you, you need to be ready for that as well.
"You don't need to give any opportunities to those strikers because they will punish you and they will score."
After a shaky start to his tenure with the Bavarian giants, manager Niko Kovac appears to have his side firing on all cylinders in the Bundesliga and despite his impressive CV thus far - he admits tonight's encounter will be a career highlight.
"I've qualified for the World Cup and led Eintracht Frankfurt in the relegation play-off - that was the worst - but tomorrow's game is a highlight," Kovac said.
"The world will be watching us. Everyone's excited - the players, the coaches, the fans and the media.
"It's a tough game and the pressure is always on in knockout games but that's a positive, not a negative."
FC Bayern: Neuer, Rafinha, Sule, Hummels, Alaba, Javi Martinez, Thiago, Gnabry, James Rodriguez, Ribery, Lewandowski.
Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Milner, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Mane, Salah, Firmino.