Reporter’s view (Jordan Maciel, UEFA.com): Pundits billed high-flying Liverpool as favourites when the draw was made in December, but after the Anfield stalemate this tie is tough to call. The Bavarians’ majestic league form and strong UEFA Champions League home record, contrasted with Liverpool’s struggles on the road in Europe, arguably give Niko Kovač’s side an edge. However, last season’s finalists travel to Munich knowing a score draw or better would suffice to take them through – just as it did when these teams met in 1980/81.

Possible line-ups


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Bayern München: Neuer; Rafinha, Sule, Hummels, Alaba; Thiago, Martínez, James Rodríguez; Gnabry, Lewandowski, Ribéry
Out: Kimmich (suspended), Müller (suspended), Robben (calf), Tolisso (fitness)
Doubtful: Coman (hamstring)

Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Henderson; Salah, Firmino, Mané
Out: Keita (unspecified), Oxlade-Chamberlain (hamstring), Gomez (ankle)
Doubtful: Alexander-Arnold (muscular), Milner (hamstring)
Misses next game if booked: Robertson

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Key battle

Watch all Lewandowski's Champions League goals


Watch all Lewandowski’s Champions League goals

Lewandowski v Van Dijk: Bayern took fewer risks than usual in the first leg, leaving Robert Lewandowski somewhat isolated. At home, this will change; Bayern need their main striker to have more than just the one goal attempt he had at Anfield. Back from suspension, Liverpool’s key man Virgil van Dijk will have to keep those openings to a minimum.

Where to watch

Fans can find their local UEFA Champions League broadcast partner(s) here.

Form guide

Bayern
Last game: Bayern 6-0 Wolfsburg (09/03)
Form: WWWDWWWLWW

Liverpool's 2001 Super Cup win against Bayern


Liverpool’s 2001 Super Cup win against Bayern

Liverpool
Last game: Liverpool 4-2 Burnley (10/03)
Form: WDWDDWDDWW

Niko Kovač, Bayern coach

The whole world will be watching. It’s a highlight, not just for the players and coaches, but also for all fans and the media. If we want to go through, we have to win. There can be no 0-0s. But we will have the kind of support in the stadium that we have not seen for a long time.

Jürgen Klopp, Liverpool manager

This game has nothing to do with anything else. We need rhythm, it’s all about balance. Bayern have world class players so we have to defend at our highest level, but when we have the ball we have to be really confident and brave.

We don’t feel the pressure – the atmosphere is great in the city and at the club. I know I have to produce success but there’s no pressure. I’ve loved to come here in the past – we played great matches here with Dortmund – and I’m happy to be part of a great match.


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