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Fernandes rumour, Bayern fallout & Glatzel signs first pro deal – Wednesday’s Liverpool FC News Roundup

ThisIsAnfield.com - Wed, 02/20/2019 - 15:48

We round up the latest Liverpool news and transfer rumours on Wednesday, with plenty of reaction from the 0-0 draw with Bayern Munich.


Today’s Main Headlines Klopp Hails “Brilliant” Henderson

 Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson after the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 1st Leg match between Liverpool FC and FC Bayern München at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Jordan Henderson was a strong contender for Man of the Match against Bayern, proving to be a huge influence in the middle of the park.

The skipper’s impact didn’t go unnoticed by Jurgen Klopp, who lauded his impact in his post-match interview with BT Sport:

“A clean sheet without the big man – probably not a lot of people would have expected that. That was very good.

“Defending in general was good. And of course, Hendo did a brilliant job there, it was unbelievable how many balls he won back and stuff like that.

“It was a fantastic game from him – but that’s actually what we expect as well.”

Klopp has a tough decision to make ahead of Sunday’s trip to Man United, with Fabinho set to return to midfield and Henderson, Gini Wijnaldum and Naby Keita all in good form, too.

Praise For Fabinho

Fabinho was excellent at the heart of Liverpool’s defence against Bayern, filling the void left by Virgil van Dijk.

The 25-year-old has earned glowing praise from ex-Reds defender Phil Babb, who has also tipped him to become one of the best midfielders in the business.

“I’d say he was our best player on the night,” Babb told LFCTV.

“He was calm, assured, I like it that he sensed danger. He got into positions where he could cover. Positional wise, fantastic. Calm, cool and collected, aven when the press was on he was not flustered.

“I thought he was outstanding and he has pace as well. He is intelligent and he can adapt to many different positions, including centre-back.

“But as a defensive midfielder I think he will be one of the best in the world.”

Glatzel Signs Professional Deal

 Liverpool's hat-trick hero captain Paul Glatzel celebrates with the match ball after his three goals helped seal a 4-0 victory over Accrington Stanley, it was his third hat-trick of the season, during the FA Youth Cup 4th Round match between Liverpool FC and Accrington Stanley FC at Langtree Park. (Pic by Paul Greenwood/Propaganda)

Liverpool U18s captain Paul Glatzel has signed his first professional contract, as was initially rumoured last weekend.

The striker has been in superb form this season, scoring 23 goals in total, including his first for the U23s in Monday’s 1-0 win at West Ham.

Glatzel has played for the Reds since U9 level, moving his way through the Academy and looking a player of enormous potential.

He has dual nationality, having been born in Liverpool to German parents, representing both England and Germany youth teams.

Carragher Content With 0-0

 Former Liverpool player Jamie Carragher, working as a pundit, during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Liverpool FC and FC Spartak Moscow at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Not everyone was left in confident spirits after the Anfield stalemate on Tuesday, but Jamie Carragher is in a positive mindset.

Speaking to Norwegian broadcasters Viasport Fotball, the former Liverpool favourite said Bayern’s approach will be different in Munich, playing into the hands of the Reds’ counter-attacking brilliance:

“Maybe Bayern Munich will think tonight’s game is a good result, and yes – Liverpool’s away record has not been good this season and the end of last season so that will have to change to go through.

“But a goalless draw is the best draw you can get and without getting the away goal, that will be at the back of Bayern’s mind.

“I think Liverpool will be confident they can score in Bayern Munich because I feel tonight [Mats] Hummels was outstanding at the back but he defended very deep.

“At home, Bayern have to win the game and you may expect their defenders will be closer to the halfway line so there will be more space for [Mohamed] Salah, [Sadio] Mane and [Roberto] Firmino.

“So I don’t think it’s a bad result tonight for Liverpool. Yes you want to win the game and I think with the away record you have to do more and get more goals, but without Virgil van Dijk to keep a clean sheet, stop [Robert] Lewandowski from scoring, it’s not a bad result.”

Keeping a clean sheet was vital for Liverpool and Carragher is right in saying Bayern will be worried about the threat their opponents will pose, with even one goal for them potentially huge.

Anfield to Show Second Leg

 A general view of the exterior of the new Main Stand at Anfield before the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Liverpool FC and NK Maribor. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Fans will be able to watch the second leg of Liverpool’s clash with Bayern next month at Anfield.

The club have confirmed that a screening of the match will take place inside the ground on March 13, in association with BT Sport.

Ticket information can be found here.

Sporting to Offload Fernandes?

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According to Correio de Manha, Sporting CP are considering cashing in on highly-rated midfielder and captain Bruno Fernandes.

The 24-year-old Portugal international has been linked with a move to both Liverpool and Everton in recent times, but a January move never came close to materialising.

Sporting are in bad financial trouble currently and may be forced into selling Fernandes for a cut-price fee in the summer, with his release clause a whopping £90million.

It may be one to keep an eye on.

Allan on Latest Loan Move

 Liverpool's Allan Rodrigues de Sousa during a training session at Melwood Training Ground ahead of the UEFA Europa League Group Stage Group B match against FC Sion. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Allan Rodrigues de Souza is on his sixth loan spell in four seasons, having recently returned to his homeland to play for Fluminense, after his contract with Eintracht Frankfurt was terminated.

The Brazilian looks likely to never make the grade at Liverpool, especially with UK work permit issues continuing to prove troublesome.

Allan took to Instagram on Wednesday to discuss his excitement about the move, saying:

“New challenge in my professional life! I am very grateful to everyone who made it possible to live this experience.

“I will do everything to give joys to this amazing crowd and conquer important victories with the tricolour shirt!”

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Paul Glatzel signs first professional contract with LFC

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 02/20/2019 - 14:58

Paul Glatzel has signed his first professional contract with Liverpool Football Club.

The striker, captain of Barry Lewtas’ U18 side this season, has penned the deal with the Reds in the week he celebrates his 18th birthday.

Glatzel joined the club as an U9 player and has progressed through the ranks at the Academy, scoring his first goal for the U23s - and 23rd overall this season - in Monday night’s win over West Ham United.

Watch a selection of Glatzel's goals so far in 2018-19

He has also featured for the Reds’ UEFA Youth League team, who will discover their next opponents in the competition when the last-16 draw takes place on Friday.

Born in Liverpool to German parents, Glatzel has dual nationality and has represented both Germany and England at youth level.

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Paul Glatzel signs first professional contract with LFC

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 02/20/2019 - 14:58
Paul Glatzel has signed his first professional contract with Liverpool Football Club.
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Fulham v Liverpool: Away ticket details

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 02/20/2019 - 14:50

Liverpool FC has released the following information regarding away ticket sales for the Premier League game against Fulham on Sunday March 17.

The fixture at Craven Cottage is scheduled to kick-off at 2.15pm GMT.

The club has received a total allocation of 2688 stand tickets for this ALL ticket fixture. Supporters not in possession of a ticket are urged not to travel.

Ticket prices

Adult - £30  

Over 65s & 18-21s - £25

17 and under (Junior) - £20


Within the allocation are a number of restricted view tickets which carry a reduction of £2.

Please be aware that supporters in possession of concessionary tickets will be asked for ID at the turnstiles. If supporters are not able to provide the relevant ID, they will be refused entry.  

Hospitality Members

Sir Kenny Dalglish Box holders, Premium Level and Centenary Club members should contact the Hospitality Department on 0151 264 2222, option 2.

Disabled supporters

Within the allocation, the club has received 19 pairs of wheelchair and personal assistant tickets. Ambulant and personal assistant tickets are also available - please click here.

Ticket sales

The below sales will take place ONLINE only. 

Tickets will be available to season ticket holders, Official Members and Fan Card holders based on attendance at Premier League away fixtures during 2017-18 on the following days:

Attendance at 16 games: from 8.15am GMT on Monday February 25 until 10.45am on Tuesday February 26.

Supporters are guaranteed a ticket during this sale and can purchase one ticket per person, up to a maximum of ten tickets per transaction.

The following sales will then take place on a first come first served basis, subject to availability, and supporters can purchase one ticket per person up to a maximum of four tickets per transaction. 

Attendance at 15 or more games: from 11am until 1.45pm on Tuesday February 26.

Attendance at 14 or more games: from 2pm on Tuesday February 26 until 10.45am on Thursday February 28.

Attendance at 13 or more games: from 11am on Thursday February 28. 

Should there be any tickets remaining following the initial sales, Liverpool FC will make a further announcement. Supporters are advised to check here for sale updates.

For TICKET FULFILMENT (Delivery & Collection of Tickets) click here
For VISITING SUPPORTERS GUIDE click here
For AWAY SUPPORT INFORMATION click here 
For GENERAL INFORMATION click here 

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Fulham v Liverpool: Away ticket details

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 02/20/2019 - 14:50
Liverpool FC has released the following information regarding away ticket sales for the Premier League game against Fulham on Sunday March 17.
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Liverpool to return to America, not Asia, for pre-season 2019

ThisIsAnfield.com - Wed, 02/20/2019 - 14:29

Liverpool look set to re-visit North America for their main pre-season tour this coming summer, rather than head to Asia as had been expected.


In recent times, the Reds have alternated between America and Asia for their main summer pre-season training camps, but look set to return to the USA this summer.

Last summer the Reds were in America and played games in North Carolina, New Jersey and Michigan, while in summer 2017 it was Hong Kong.

But instead of heading back to Asia this time around, Neil Jones reports that the Reds will be doubling down on another warm-up campaign Stateside.

While International Champions Cup participation is not yet confirmed for the summer, it’s expected the Reds will once more be involved in the pre-season tournament.

Liverpool are likely to play one game at Fenway Park, home of owners FSG’s baseball side Boston Red Sox. They last played at the famous stadium in 2014 under Brendan Rodgers, against AS Roma.

 Liverpool players look dejected after losing 1-0 to AS Roma at Fenway Park on day three of the club's USA Tour. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

There is further expectation that New York and Chicago will be on the agenda for other games, where the Reds played last in 2016.

Last summer saw over 100,000 fans gathered to watch the Reds beat Manchester United 4-1 in Michigan.

James Pearce reports that the club’s owners are keen to allow Jurgen Klopp the best possible preparation ahead of the 2019/20 season and the manager feels a trip to the States is far more beneficial.

Klopp prefers to have a 10-day training camp in one location, and visiting America offers a better opportunity for this.

With the Reds challenging on multiple fronts for major honours, it’s imperative that the manager feels everything is in place for success.

And given pre-season sets the foundations for the campaign ahead, it’s great to see the club putting on-pitch progress first, while still catering to the many fans who will support the team on tour.

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Bayern Munich second leg to be screened live at Anfield

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 02/20/2019 - 13:59

Fans will have the opportunity to watch the second leg of Liverpool's Champions League tie with Bayern Munich on a big screen at Anfield.

The screening of the match, in association with BT Sport – the exclusive live broadcaster of the competition in the UK – will take place on Wednesday March 13.

Before the game begins, supporters will be able to enjoy a range of entertainment, including face painting, live music and more.

Food and drink can be purchased on the concourses and taken to seats to enjoy during the match. Those looking to beat the queue can also pre-order refreshments to be delivered to their seat during a break in the game, or collected from the concourse, by downloading the SeatServe app.

Turnstiles will open at 6.30pm, with entry closing 15 minutes after kick-off.

Parking is available in Stanley Park car park for £5 per vehicle, which will be payable at the gate on the night.

Tickets for the live screening will be available to purchase from Liverpoolfc.com from 11am on Thursday February 21 until 5pm on Tuesday March 12 and are priced at £10 for adults and £5 for children.

After that time, the club will not be able to accommodate any further walk-up sales.

Local young fans from four high schools – North Liverpool Academy, Alsop High School, Notre Dame Catholic College and The Academy of St Francis of Assisi – will be invited to attend the screening as part of the club’s Red Neighbours programme.

For further information and to purchase tickets, please click here.

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Bayern Munich second leg to be screened live at Anfield

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 02/20/2019 - 13:59
Fans will have the opportunity to watch the second leg of Liverpool's Champions League tie with Bayern Munich on a big screen at Anfield.
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Ticket details: Bayern v Liverpool screening at Anfield

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 02/20/2019 - 13:58

Liverpool FC has released the following ticket details for the live Anfield screening of the Champions League last-16 second leg against Bayern Munich.

Turnstiles will open at 6.30pm for the 8pm kick-off on Wednesday March 13.

Ticket prices

Tickets will be available on the Kop for this all-ticket event with tickets priced as follows.

Adults - £10
Juniors (16 and under) - £5 (within the advertised family sections*)

The ratio for adult/junior tickets is 2:1.

*Family sections will be advertised here.

Ticket sales

Disabled supporters - click here for details.

All other supporters - the below sales will take place online only.

Supporters who were eligible to purchase a ticket for the Bayern Munich away game but were unsuccessful: from 11am on Thursday February 21 until 9.30am on Friday February 22.

Supporters are guaranteed a ticket during the above sale and can purchase one ticket per person, up to a maximum of four tickets per transaction.

General sale: from 10am on Friday February 22 until 5pm on Tuesday March 12 (subject to availability).

Tickets will be available on a first come, first served basis during the above sale, and supporters can purchase four tickets per person up to a maximum of four tickets per transaction.

Bar-coded paper tickets will be provided for all supporters attending and must be used to gain access into the stadium. Liverpool FC season ticket and Member access cards will not be activated.

Once ticket sales end at 5pm on Tuesday March 12, the club will not be able to accommodate any further sales.

Any tickets held for collection must be collected by 7.30pm on Wednesday March 13.

Only supporters in possession of a ticket should travel to Anfield.

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Ticket details: Bayern v Liverpool screening at Anfield

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 02/20/2019 - 13:58
Liverpool FC has released the following ticket details for the live Anfield screening of the Champions League last-16 second leg against Bayern Munich.
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Henderson: We can hurt Bayern at the Allianz

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 02/20/2019 - 12:37

Jordan Henderson has belief in Liverpool’s ability to ‘hurt’ Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena.

The Reds travel to Germany in three weeks’ time for the second leg of a Champions League last-16 tie left firmly in the balance by Tuesday’s nip-and-tuck goalless draw on Merseyside.

And Henderson, whose performance at Anfield was hailed as ‘brilliant’ by Jürgen Klopp, feels they can do so optimistic about their chances of progressing to the quarter-finals.

Watch Hendo's best bits v Bayern

“It’s still alive for sure. Obviously we’ve got games before but we’ve got to be confident still going away there,” the captain told BT Sport.

“We know how good they are as a team, we know it’ll be difficult there again, but we’ve got experience in the Champions League and I feel that we can go there and hurt them. 

“It’s not the worst result in the world. We would’ve liked it to have been better, we would’ve probably liked to score one or two goals, but that’s the way it is. We’ll dust ourselves down and we’ll go again.”

Highlights: LFC 0-0 Bayern

Liverpool’s skipper felt a lack of a clinical cutting edge cost his side the opportunity to take a first-leg lead to the Allianz.

Henderson added: “It’s obviously disappointing that we haven’t scored, but again we’ve kept a clean sheet and defended well, which is a positive.

“We had enough chances I feel, especially first half, to score one or two, but it’s not the worst result in the world. 

“We’ve got to go there and put on a performance. I thought our performance level was good but we just lacked that little bit in the final third [in the] second half, but first half we could’ve scored one or two.”

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Henderson: We can hurt Bayern at the Allianz

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 02/20/2019 - 12:37
Jordan Henderson has belief in Liverpool’s ability to ‘hurt’ Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena.
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U18s fixture changes confirmed

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 02/20/2019 - 12:29

Liverpool U18s' postponed fixture with Stoke City has been rearranged for a 12pm GMT kick-off at the Academy on Wednesday February 27.

The U18 Premier League match was called off due to a frozen pitch earlier this month.

The trip to West Bromwich Albion for the young Reds, which was originally scheduled for the same day, will be switched to a new date, with details to be confirmed in due course.

Click here to view an updated U18s fixture list.

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U18s fixture changes confirmed

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 02/20/2019 - 12:29
Liverpool U18s' postponed fixture with Stoke City has been rearranged for a 12pm GMT kick-off at the Academy on Wednesday February 27.
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Robertson: We lacked composure

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Wed, 02/20/2019 - 12:22
Georginio Wijnaldum praises Liverpool's defence in goalless first leg By David Garrett

Last Updated: 20/02/19 12:34pm

0:55 Liverpool left-back Andy Robertson admits they lacked composure in their goalless home draw against Bayern Munich in the Champions League Liverpool left-back Andy Robertson admits they lacked composure in their goalless home draw against Bayern Munich in the Champions League

Andrew Robertson says Liverpool lacked composure as they struggled to trouble Bayern Munich at Anfield in the Champions League.

The Reds were off colour in their 0-0 first-leg draw but the left-back hopes last year's finalists will find their cutting edge in the return leg in Bavaria in three weeks.

Robertson told Sky Sports News: "On another day the lads put the chances away in front of goal or we make better decisions in the final third.

"Maybe somebody has rushed a shot or perhaps I have rushed a cross or tried too hard, these things can happen in big games it is all about having composure and we probably lacked that in the first half.

0:45 Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has praised their defence for keeping a clean sheet in their first leg against Bayern Munich in the Champions League Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has praised their defence for keeping a clean sheet in their first leg against Bayern Munich in the Champions League

"Second half we were better with the ball without really creating anything.

"A clean sheet at home in the Champions League is so crucial because we know when we go over there and if we can grab one it means they have to score two.

"These are all things that come into play and if we can be a bit more clinical. I think we can score over there."

Georginio Wijnaldum (left)  thinks his defenders coped well without Virgil van Dijk Georginio Wijnaldum (left)  thinks his defenders coped well without Virgil van Dijk Georginio Wijnaldum (left) thinks his defenders coped well without Virgil van Dijk

Defensively, the Reds looked solid enough with the makeshift centre-half partnership of Joel Matip and Fabinho denying Bayern what could have been a crucial away goal.

Midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum was full of praise for his backline which kept the German side at arm's length and striker Robert Lewandowski quiet.

Fabinho (left) kept Robert Lewandowski quiet at Anfield in the first leg Fabinho (left) kept Robert Lewandowski quiet at Anfield in the first leg Fabinho (left) kept Robert Lewandowski quiet at Anfield in the first leg

"I have to say the guys at the back did a good job. They are playing against one of the best strikers in the world and they stopped him from scoring a goal. Overall, I think they did a good job", Wijnaldum told Sky Sports News.

Wijnaldum admitted that having his fellow Dutch international Virgil van Dijk back for the return at the Allianz Arena will be a major boost for the squad and improve their chances in the second leg.

Mohamed Salah failed to find the net against the German champions Mohamed Salah failed to find the net against the German champions Mohamed Salah failed to find the net against the German champions

"Next time we have Virgil back," said the ex-Newcastle player with a grin. "It is always good to have him back."

Liverpool's record signing Van Dijk was suspended for the first leg, but is available for the return on March 13.

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Andrew Robertson takes positives from Bayern draw & demands focus switch to title challenge

ThisIsAnfield.com - Wed, 02/20/2019 - 11:34

Liverpool defender Andrew Robertson is confident they can progress to the Champions League quarter-finals but admits their second-leg tie with Bayern Munich has to be forgotten about because of domestic priorities.


A goalless draw at home to Bayern on Tuesday means a score draw in Germany on March 13 would be enough to send Jurgen Klopp’s side through.

Despite failing to create many chances or properly threaten goalkeeper Manuel Neuer at Anfield, Robertson remains optimistic about their chances.

“We were at home so of course we were disappointed,” he said.

“We came up against a very experienced team, a team that has been there and done it for six or seven years now.

“They knew how to frustrate us and how to frustrate the fans and they did it well but we had chances and if we had taken them on another day the result would be different.

“A clean sheet at home in the Champions League is so crucial because we know when we go over there and if we can grab one it means they have to score two.

“These are all things that come into play and if we can be a bit more clinical I think we can score over there.

“We back ourselves to win any game, whether it is home or away, which is why we are disappointed.

“Going over there is a new challenge but there’s probably a bit more pressure on them than us because they are at home and their fans will start demanding things.

“We can try to play our game, try to create the chances we need and try to get goals and if that happens then it puts us in the driving seat.”

However, with a huge match against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday, the Scotland captain said Bundesliga champions Bayern would be put on the back-burner.

 Liverpool's Andy Robertson during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 1st Leg match between Liverpool FC and FC Bayern München at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“It’s a long way away and it needs to be put to the back of the mind because we have some big Premier League games coming up so Bayern is forgotten about for now,” he added.

With current leaders Manchester City, top of the table on goal difference, playing in the Carabao Cup, Liverpool have a chance to regain first place with their game in hand on Pep Guardiola’s side.

Their meeting with United at Anfield in mid-December, a 3-1 victory, proved to be Jose Mourinho’s final game in charge.

But under caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, United are the top-flight’s form side.

 Liverpool's 23' celebrates scoring the third goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester United FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“Another huge game. I think it will be a bit of a different game than when we faced them last time,” said Robertson.

“Obviously there was a lot going on at the club at that time and it ended up being their manager’s last game.

“But under this new manager they have picked up and are a very different team, especially at home, and it will be a tough task.

“We need to bring our ‘A’ game and if we can do that then hopefully it will be enough to win.”

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Imperious defence, midfielders shine & Neuer revelation – 5 key stats from Liverpool 0-0 Bayern Munich

ThisIsAnfield.com - Wed, 02/20/2019 - 11:03

A number of interesting post-match statistics emerged from Liverpool’s 0-0 draw with Bayern Munich at Anfield in the Champions League on Tuesday.


Jurgen Klopp‘s men came up against a Bayern outfit hell-bent on not conceding, with their cagey approach a compliment to this Reds side.

Liverpool defended expertly themselves, too, with a makeshift centre-back pairing of Fabinho and Joel Matip performing admirably.

The result leaves the tie beautifully poised ahead of the second leg at the Allianz Arena on March 13, although Bayern will feel they have the advantage.

Here are five of the best statistics from Liverpool’s hard-earned draw.

No Van Dijk, No Problem

 Liverpool's Fabio Henrique Tavares 'Fabinho' shoots during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 1st Leg match between Liverpool FC and FC Bayern M¸nchen at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

There were understandable concerns about Virgil van Dijk‘s absence through suspension, especially with Robert Lewandowski leading the line for Bayern.

Liverpool were resolute at the back throughout, however, with an eye-catching stat summing up how well they did against Niko Kovac’s side.

Bayern failed to register a single shot on target at Anfield – the first time that has happened in a Champions League knockout game since May 2015, according to WhoScored.

The Bundesliga giants have missed a trick not getting an away goal, particularly with Van Dijk absent.

Recent History Against Liverpool

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp tells the Liverpool supporters to calm down during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 1st Leg match between Liverpool FC and FC Bayern München at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

There was much debate over whether or not a 0-0 draw with a good, average of bad result for the Reds, with all arguments carrying substance.

Recent evidence suggests that Liverpool are up against it, though.

Of the last 10 Champions League first leg ties to have finished goalless, seven of the home teams in the second leg have gone through.

Klopp’s men certainly don’t have a mountain to climb in Munich, but it will require a big effort to make it into the quarter-finals.

Captain Fantastic

 Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson after the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 1st Leg match between Liverpool FC and FC Bayern München at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Jordan Henderson enjoyed arguably his best performance of the campaign, leading by example with an outstanding display.

The captain’s post-match statistics highlighted his all-round influence, with an 81 percent passing accuracy, eight ball recoveries made and three aerial duels and tackles won apiece.

The 28-year-old also covered more ground than any other player on the pitch.

Fabinho is the first-choice occupant of the No.6 role moving forward, but Henderson outlined his continued importance on Tuesday night.

Keita Lively Again

 Liverpool's Naby Keita during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 1st Leg match between Liverpool FC and FC Bayern München at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The last two-and-a-half games have seen Naby Keita show signs of hitting his best form, starting with a strong second-half display at West Ham.

He was one of Liverpool’s standout individuals against Bayern, particularly in the first half, with a newfound confidence running through his veins.

Keita won all of his tackles on the night (3/3), and in an attacking sense he attempted three shots, completed as many dribbles and created one chance.

The Guinean still has another level to find, with some of his killer balls not quite on the money, but he is threatening to come alive at a crucial point in the season.

Neuer The Playmaker!

 Bayern Munich's Manuel Neuer looks on during the UEFA Champions League Group E match at the City of Manchester Stadium. (Pic by Chris Brunskill/Propaganda)

Manuel Neuer was a busy figure on Tuesday evening, but not because he was being forced into making endless saves.

The German legend was a constant outlet as Bayern looked to kill the game for large periods, often showing his confidence on the ball.

Remarkably, Neuer (70) had more touches at Anfield than six Liverpool outfield players – Sadio Mane (37), Roberto Firmino (43), Mohamed Salah (50), Gini Wijnaldum (56), Keita (61) and Andy Robertson (68).

It’s fair to say the Bundesliga champions stifled the Reds.

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Klopp: Hendo did a brilliant job - just as we expect

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 02/20/2019 - 10:59
Jürgen Klopp praised Jordan Henderson for a 'brilliant' performance in Liverpool's Champions League stalemate with Bayern Munich.
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Klopp: Hendo did a brilliant job - just as we expect

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 02/20/2019 - 10:59

Jürgen Klopp praised Jordan Henderson for a 'brilliant' performance in Liverpool's Champions League stalemate with Bayern Munich.

The captain led by example in the first leg of the last-16 tie, registering more passes (72), passes in the opposition half (41), possession regains (eight) and tackles (four) than any of his teammates.

Henderson and co were unable to find a way through the Bayern defence but the clean sheet means the Reds can capitalise on the away goals rule in the return leg in Munich.

Asked about the individual performances of his skipper and Fabinho, who was deployed at centre-back with Virgil van Dijk suspended, Klopp told BT Sport: “A clean sheet without the big man – probably not a lot of people would have expected that. That was very good.

“Defending in general was good. And of course, Hendo did a brilliant job there, it was unbelievable how many balls he won back and stuff like that.

“It was a fantastic game from him – but that’s actually what we expect as well.”

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Fabinho made one particularly crucial intervention early in the second half, when Robert Lewandowski was poised to turn and finish from close range.

And the Brazilian was praised by fellow defender Andy Robertson for the way he handled a positional switch on such a big occasion.

“[He was] different class. The good thing for us was we hadn’t had a game for 10 days, so me and Fab have been working together in training and trying to get a partnership,” said Robertson.

“Of course he would prefer not to be playing there but I thought he did a great job for us, he put in some great tackles in the box.

“We’ve got Virg back for the next leg but Fab did the job we needed him to do. We all stuck by him and protected him – but he didn’t need it.”

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“Still everything to play for”, “Unlucky not to get the win” – Liverpool players react to draw with Bayern Munich

ThisIsAnfield.com - Wed, 02/20/2019 - 10:50

Liverpool battled their way to a goalless draw against Bayern Munich on Tuesday and various players gave their thoughts after the game.


The Reds were never at their sparkling attacking best at Anfield, but they came up against a hugely experienced Bayern outfit.

A fiercely contested Champions League last-16 clash saw few good chances created, with Liverpool coping excellently without the suspended Virgil van Dijk.

End product was the biggest issue for both teams and they will reconvene at the Allianz Arena next month with everything to play for.

Here’s a look at how Liverpool’s players reacted to the draw on social media.

Captain Jordan Henderson was the Reds’ Man of the Match on the night and he felt his side were unfortunate not to win…

Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson were below-par by their high standards, but they are already looking ahead to Man United and the return leg in Munich…

It was another strong showing from Gini Wijnaldum, after some excellent form, and he thanked a vibrant Anfield crowd for their support…

James Milner was in good spirits, echoing the thoughts of many supporters in saying 0-0 was no bad result for Liverpool…

Not the win we hoped for last night – but 0-0 isn’t the worst result to take to Munich ? #YNWA pic.twitter.com/HtmY3CYSC5

— James Milner (@JamesMilner) February 20, 2019

Simon Mignolet wasn’t involved in proceedings, but he saw the importance of a clean-sheet being recorded…

Always positive to get a clean sheet in a double-header. All to play for in Munich! #YNWA pic.twitter.com/ZSHsKHdvGo

— Simon Mignolet (@SMignolet) February 19, 2019

The big games come thick and fast for Klopp’s men, who now prepare for Sunday’s huge Premier League clash with Man United.

A win at Old Trafford—a first victory there since 2014—would take Liverpool three points clear at the top of the table.

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