Liverpool 0 Bayern Munich 0: Forwards fail to fire in Anfield stalemate

Ruben Hill
February 21, 2019

"We can try to play our game, try to create the chances we need and try to get goals and if that happens then it puts us in the driving seat".

Liverpool's usually deadly attack were blunted by Bayern on Tuesday night having had 10 days off since their last match, though Klopp insisted that was not the cause of their rustiness.

'Everyone pulled together at the back, and perhaps that's why we lacked something going forward, ' Neuer told kicker, bemoaning his side's failure to score an away goal.

Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah both squandered opportunities for Liverpool, who were in action for the first time since February 9.

Virgil van Dijk, suspended for this game, will return to organise Klopp's defence in Munich and restore a sense of calmness to the Liverpool back four.

"It's not the worst result in the world".

In many ways the tournament starts for real in the last 16, because this is such a step up in class, but Klopp's side will be switched on and ready for the task ahead.

But Bayern have a defensive blow of their own to contend with after Niko Kovac confirmed on Monday that a "stomach flu" had ruled star man Jerome Boateng out of the running.

There was an air of disappointment at full time with Liverpool failing to capitalise on their Anfield advantage, but Sherwood had plenty of praise for how they performed.

At Anfield, Niko Kovac's team were content to play this game like an old-school European fixture from the 1980s: dropping deep, playing across the back and taking few risks in order to take the sting out of the home team. "It just makes things easier".

Schalke are expected to be blown away by Manchester City, and after Borussia Dortmund's collapse against Tottenham last week, Bayern were once again the last hope.

I am not expecting their tactics to be dramatically different in the second leg next month but, even if the Bundesliga champions only push on a little more at home, that will suit Liverpool's strength on the counter-attack.

Kovac was also asked about the incident, adding: 'It's common in England to shake hands after the final whistle.

"We know how good they are as a team, we know it'll be hard there again, but we've got experience in the Champions League and I feel that we can go there and hurt them".

"We can not change it, we had the 10-day break and now we will not have any break anymore, now we play through - and if it was a problem then we will not have that problem anymore because now we play every three days".

While Bayern would have liked an away goal, there wasn't a huge amount of pressure on them to attack at Anfield.

Together with current club president Uli Hoeness, Rummenigge played in another goalless draw in Liverpool in 1981 only to exit the competition with a 1-1 in Munich.

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