Jurgen Klopp: 'Dejan Lovren close to Liverpool return'


Liverpool squandered chances when Mohamed Salah headed wide from Trent Alexander-Arnold's delivery and Sadio Mane shot wide on the turn. "We came up against a very experienced team, a team that has been there and done it for six or seven years now", he said.

Bayern boss Niko Kovac maybe put the kiss of death on the tie by insisting he could not imagine it finishing goalless.

"How it is in situations like this, I am pretty sure that Bayern in this moment feels a bit better than we do".

Liverpool are now level on points with Premier League leaders Manchester City and have a game in hand.

"These things happen, especially in big games, so it's about trying to have a wee bit of composure and that's probably what we lacked in the first half". As ever, join me for all the latest team news, build up and goals from the game as they go in!

The biggest comfort for Liverpool was that they did not concede because, at times, they were sloppy at the back, unnerved by the absence of Virgil van Dijk through suspension and positively patched up with Joe Gomez and Dejan Lovren also missing through injury.

"We needed to take pressure off their front three", Bayern winger Serge Gnabry said.

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Liverpool are undefeated in their previous four trips to Germany (W2 D2), although Klopp in particular knows that a visit to Munich is one of the toughest assignments in European football - only Real Madrid have beaten the Bavarians on home turf in the last two seasons.

For those of us old enough to remember 1981, we've been here before and I'm fully expecting Sammy Lee to sit himself next to Paul Breitner, up in the stands of the Allianz, for the second leg and not let him out of his sight all night.

Although Bundesliga champions Bayern shaded possession, they did not manage a shot on target.

"I would be really silly if I would have seen weaknesses and I would say now: "Yes, (they will have) problems at home", he added.

"If Bayern had been full of confidence we might have had more space". The Bavarians then go to bogey team Borussia Mönchengladbach (02/03) and entertain Wolfsburg (09/03) before Liverpool come calling (13/03). We'll need to score if we want to get into the next round.

Liverpool's strength under Klopp in European competitions has always been the home games - making their way to the finals a year ago with devastating home performances against the likes of City and Roma.

I just believe they could have given themselves a better chance by creating more at Anfield.