Bayern vs Liverpool: Goalless first leg opens up fascinating second leg possibilities
Tonight's blockbuster clash between Bayern & Liverpool is delicately poised after an absorbing 0-0 draw in the first leg at Anfield. Who will progress to the Champions League quarterfinals?
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Liverpool was held to a goalless draw at Anfield in the first leg so will need to score in Munich if they are to reach the quarter-finals, and that makes this a tantalising second leg.
Last year's Champions League finalists have struggled for form in recent weeks - picking up five wins in their last 10 games in all competitions - but remain only a point behind leaders Manchester City in the Premier League title race. The Champions League may not be their sole focus this season, with Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah admitting he was willing "to sacrifice" his dream of winning the competition in order to deliver a first league title in 29 years.
Bayern took over at the top of the Bundesliga from Borussia Dortmund with a 6-0 demolition of Wolfsburg on Saturday for their 12th win in their last 13 league games. But Liverpool will welcome the return of centre-back Virgil van Dijk, who missed the first leg through suspension, and Bayern manager Niko Kovac says their opponents will be "even stronger".
If Liverpool can get an early goal, they'll be in the driving seat but they're up against a side with eleven goals in their last two matches in the Bundesliga.
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Bayern will be without suspended pair Joshua Kimmich and Thomas Muller, but James Rodriguez is expected to come into an attacking midfield role. Defender David Alaba and winger Kingsley Coman have been given the all clearafter overcoming injuries.
Liverpool's Guinean midfielder Naby Keita will miss the clash with a minor injury. Defender Trent Alexander-Arnold could feature after being substituted in Sunday's 4-2 Premier League win over Burnley as a precaution. James Milner could also recover from a muscle problem to play in midfield. Liverpool will welcome the return of commanding centre-back Virgil van Dijk, who missed the first leg through suspension, and Bayern manager Niko Kovac says their opponents will be "even stronger".
Long-term absentee Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain missed training despite featuring for the reserves on Friday. The midfielder has been sidelined by a knee injury since last April and came off just before half-time with a minor hamstring issue, which manager Jurgen Klopp later said was nothing to be concerned about.