Two Europen juggernauts are set to collide at the Anfield in the Round of 16 in the Champions League. Last year’s runner-ups, Liverpool, will host the German powerhouse Bayern Munich in the first leg. This contest will be played in two legs to secure their quarter-final berth. Both the teams are sitting in the second position in their respective home leagues. It will not be the first time Jurgen Klopp will face the German Champions.
The home side will be gutted to lose their star defender Virgil Van Dijk in such a crucial game. The Dutchman is suspended for this match, and his absence could mean a lack of leadership on the pitch for the Reds. Joe Gomez is also ruled out due to injury, while Dejan Lovren is still doubtful to start. Klopp needs to focus on that backline which the Germans will be eyeing to exploit. Liverpool would be hoping to dominate for a positive result in the home leg before going to Allianz Arena.
Bayern Munich has their injury woes ahead of this crunch contest. Arjen Robben and Corentin Tolisso have been ruled out of the first leg due to their respective injuries. While Jerome Boateng and Frank Ribery are set to miss the trip to Liverpool as they are not included in the matchday squad. The German champions will also miss the service of suspended Thomas Muller. Niko Kovac has been under the pump for quite a while, and this trip will to Anfield is very important for their European ambitions this season.
Liverpool has been the best English club so far in this campaign while Bayern Munich holds an impeccable record against Premier League clubs. The stage is set for another Champions League classic two attacking powerhouse will battle it out in the Round of 16. The Reds have home advantage in their favor, while the Germans will come all guns blazing in the upcoming match.
Date: Wednesday, 20 February 2019
Time: 01:30 AM IST
Venue: Anfield, Liverpool
League: Champions League
Live Telecast:Sony Network
Online Streaming: Sonyliv (Website, App)
Recent form (Last six matches)
Liverpool – L W W D D W
Bayern Munich – W W L W W W
Joe Gomez is out for weeks due to his ankle injury.
While Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain can make a comeback as he was seen on training grounds. Shaqiri is also set to feature in the playing 11 against Bayern Munich.
Virgil Van Dijk will also miss this crucial game as the Dutchman picked up three yellow cards at the group stage and will be serving a one-game ban.
Dejan Lovren still remains doubtful and Fabinho is expected to replace him to partner Joel Matip at the back.
Thomas Muller is ruled out of both of the legs as he is serving from a ban.
While Robben and Tolisso have been ruled out with injuries.
Kingsley Coman still remains doubtful where Ribery and Jerome Boateng have been left out of the squad.
Probable Playing 11
Liverpool – Alisson (GK), Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Fabinho, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Keita, Salah, Firmino, Mane
Bayern Munich – Neuer (GK), Kimmich, Sule, Hummels, Alaba, Martinez, Thiago, Gnabry, James, Coman, Lewandowski