Crowd With Crucial Role in Champions League Knockout

At this juncture of Liverpool’s season it’s all to play for in the Premier League. Meanwhile despite our erratic form in Europe this season which included a 2-0 defeat to Red Star Belgrade (Crvena Zvezda) we’ve huffed and puffed our way into the last 16 of the Champions League. 

Our game at Anfield against Bayern Munich promises to be our sternest test yet against a team currently second in the Bundesliga. With five European titles between the two clubs this encounter promises to be a close one. Liverpool’s last meeting against Bayern was in the international Audi Cup, 2017 in a 3-0 victory with Mané, Salah and Sturridge the goal scorers. 

The injuries in the Liverpool camp as well as Virgil van Dijk’s suspension are cause for concern. Although Thomas Müller is ruled out for Bayern there’s enough strength in their squad. Liverpool are unbeaten at home in 19 consecutive matches in Europe since 2014 and Bayern Munich have never scored in their three visits to Anfield in the history of the two sides meeting. 

In an interview last Tuesday Klopp said:

It’s a big one, it’s against a really strong opponent and we have to be at 100 per cent. The whole club, the stadium, the crowd, we all have to be at 100 per cent to have a chance.

It’s not that I make them bigger than they are; they are really big, one of the biggest clubs in the world. They could be the champions seven times in a row in Germany, which is a big achievement.

The fans will be hoping for yet another special European night and Klopp has rallied the fans, the 12th Man to make the atmosphere an intimidating one for Bayern.

Speaking to Liverpoolfc.com Klopp said:

If anybody ever asked about the influence of a crowd, in these games everybody experienced it in specific moments. It’s like pushing us from 100 per cent to 150 per cent. If that’s possible, I think the crowd should give it a try.

Robin McNamara

Former journalist Insight Magazine Dublin & published poet. Currently work at Cartamundi Ireland. Liverpool fan since I was 10. Slowly embracing blogging or whatever this is.⚽️👍🏼✨

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