Liverpool vs Bayern Munich is the headline act in this week’s four Champions League round of last-16 games and it takes place at Anfield at 8pm on Tuesday night (February 19).
The contest looks an even match-up on paper, with both teams currently sitting second in their respective leagues. Liverpool are equal on points with a game in hand over Manchester City, whilst Bayern have played a game more than Bundesliga leaders Dortmund and trails them by two points.
However, whilst it’s 18 years since the two teams last played each other, that’s not the case for Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp who faced Bayern regularly when in charge of Borussia Dortmund, including when losing the 2012/13 Champions League final.
Klopp will no doubt be desperate for revenge and we’ve taken a look at both teams’ recent form, head-to-heads, and the latest team news before coming up with our Liverpool vs Bayern Munich free tip.
Liverpool Home Form
Liverpool’s home form has been excellent for most of the season in the Premier League including coming into this match. They’ve recorded five wins and a draw in their last six matches, with the only slight worry being that four of those visiting teams have scored a goal. But Liverpool have hit the net 20 times in those six matches.
Jurgen Klopp’s side also boast a 100% record in the Champions League this season, winning their three Champions League home group games against Napoli (1-0), Crvena Zvezda (4-0) and PSG (3-2).
Bayern Munich’s Away Form
Bayern Munich may not be running away with the German Bundesliga this season but their current away form is reasonable, with four wins in their last five games away from home. But they’ve only managed to keep two clean sheets in those five games, scoring 14 goals and conceding six.
Niko Kovac’s side was also undefeated away from home in their Champions League group, beating both Benfica and AEK Athens 2-0 before a 3-3 draw at Ajax.
Liverpool vs Bayern Munich Head-To-Heads
Liverpool and Bayern Munich have encountered each other seven times in the past, with those matches producing four draws, two Liverpool wins, and one win for Bayern Munich. The last of those games was in the 2001 UEFA Super Cup in Monaco, which Liverpool won 3-2.
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Jurgen Klopp’s Record Against Bayern Munich
Despite Liverpool having not played Bayern Munich since 2001, manager Jurgen Klopp is no stranger to having to face the German titleholders. Klopp was in charge of Borussia Dortmund from 2008 to 2015 during which time he faced Bayern Munich on 29 occasions. His record against them isn’t great as, despite leading Dortmund to Bundesliga success in 2010/11 and 2011/12, he has lost 16, won nine, and drawn four of those matches. Those defeats also include a Champions League Final defeat in 2012/13.
Liverpool vs Bayern Munich Team News
Timing is everything in football and Liverpool’s defensive injury worries could not have come at a worse time than when facing one of Europe’s best teams in the Champions League. Liverpool will be without both the suspended Virgil Van Dijk and the injured Joe Gomez, two players that formed a formidable pairing earlier in the season. Dejan Lovren’s hamstring injury may also keep him on the side-lines, and that means Fabinho may step in to try and plug what could prove a big hole in Liverpool’s Champions League aspirations. Klopp may also have to do without the services of creative midfielder Xherdan Shaquiri.
Despite Niko Kovac not being happy with his defence in Bayern’s latest 3-2 win away at FC Augsburg, he will be delighted that Kingsley Coman should be fit after limping off. That means that Bayern could just be missing the services of Thomas Muller who is suspended.
Liverpool vs Bayern Munich Summary
It’s possible to argue that Liverpool’s overall form has a slightly stronger look to it than Bayern’s this season but beating lesser sides can count for little when it comes to playing the bigger and better teams.
Liverpool’s have won all of their Champions League home games so far this season but victory against a Bayern side that has yet to taste defeat on their travels is no certainty, especially as Liverpool be without their defensive kingpin Virgil Van Dyck.
That’s why, with Bayern also leaking goals, this could be a game in which Jurgen Klopp decides attack is the best form of defence, with Salah, Firmino, and Mane having the class and pace to trouble Bayern. Liverpool’s big trio will need to be on fire too, as it’s hard to see Liverpool’s makeshift defence keeping a clean sheet against a quality team.
If that’s the case, it could be a thriller on Merseyside on Tuesday night, and anything around 6/4 about their being more than 3.5 goals looks worth taking.
Free Tip For Liverpool vs Bayern Munich:
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