The much-anticipated Champions League knockout tie of Liverpool against Bayern Munich failed to live up to expectations and a goalless draw leaves Jurgen Klopp’s side with plenty to do in Munich next month.Β 

The beautiful poster looked promising but in the end, it gave birth to a dull enough dull and will leave regrets to Liverpool. The men of Klopp indeed largely dominated a Bayern more occupied to defend but will be able to plague against all their missed opportunities. It is a waste that benefits the Bavarians, solid end to end if not attractive. First thwarted, as evidenced by two errors of Matip that were almost expensive (13th, 17th minute), the Reds have embarrassed Bayern by their vertical play and the mobility of their attackers.

Mohamed Salah created the first opportunity following a long ball from Jordan Henderson between the two central Munich but the tip of the foot of the Egyptian did not allow him to beat Manuel Neuer. In the wake, Bayern Munich responded. Alisson was happy to reject a center strongly opposed by Joel Matip, a few minutes later. Joel Matip also misses the opportunity to put the Reds in a favorable position just before half-time, after a combination between Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.

The twenty-two footballers put much less intensity in the second period. Liverpool had possession of the ball but failed to create chances. The defense of Bayern Munich was better than the first half. As a proof, the first shot of Liverpool in this second period that came in the 82nd minute, from a long range from Joel Matip. Bayern Munich did the right thing in the first leg by holding the 0-0 away tie and will have the advantage to progress after receiving the second leg at home.

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A peculiar mediocre match

Liverpool as expected a lot of fireworks were expected between these two European giants. Two historic clubs, stars, a legendary stadium, a perfect pitch…In short, there was everything to offer a great football game. Unfortunately for the show, both teams delivered a very disappointing performance. The technical waste was amazing. However, both teams had the intention of bringing the ball back to the front from behind. But for the likes of Neuer and Alisson, the actions were not up to the ideas. The away goal rule certainly played in the cautious approach in the match by Jurgen Klopp’s men. And in front, Bayern Munich was cruelly lacking in creativity. It was a draw, a real one.

Fabinho, The boss

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It seems so far back when Fabinho was little used by Jurgen Klopp. Recruited at a huge price (50 million euros), the coach took time before joining the Brazilian in his team type. Like an old story, Fabinho has become an indispensable part of the Reds. As an army knife, this time he repaired the central defense to overcome the absences of Gomez, Lovren and Van Dijk. Aligned in the left corner of the hinge alongside Joel Matip, Fabinho behaved as a boss in this game. Impeccable in the revival, perfect in playing the game, the Brazilian won the majority of his duels against Robert Lewandowski, considered of the best center forward in the world. He is a rock, and definitely essential.

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Liverpool will still fancy their chances in Munich

Liverpool are undefeated in their previous four trips to Germany, two wins and two draws, although Jurgen Klopp, in particular, knows that a visit to Munich is one of the toughest jobs in European football, and only Real Madrid have beaten the Bavarians on home turf in the last two seasons. With this record in German soil, Niko Kovac’s men will be confident of progress in front of their own fans, even against a Liverpool side that scored nine goals on their knockout term last season.


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