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“Not at their best” but “decent result” – Liverpool fans react to 0-0 draw with Bayern Munich

ThisIsAnfield.com - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 22:25

Liverpool and Bayern Munich played out an intriguing 0-0 draw in the Champions League on Tuesday, with fans providing mixed thoughts after the final whistle.


Liverpool 0-0 Bayern Munich

Champions League, Anfield
February 19, 2019

The Reds hosted the Bundesliga giants at Anfield in what proved to be a more cagey, tactical affair than some predicted.

Great chances were few and far between for both sides, although Alisson prevented a Joel Matip own goal in the first half and Sadio Mane missed a gilt-edged opportunity.

It leaves the tie very finely poised ahead of the return leg in Munich next month, with Liverpool’s clean sheet without Virgil van Dijk the major positive.

Here’s how supporters reacted to the result on social media and our forums.

Keita and Henderson impressed, especially in the first half…

Frustrating result given the chances, particularly Mane’s skewed shot, but 0-0 is not a bad result at all. Fabinho and Matip deserve credit for keeping Lewandowski incredibly quiet while Henderson and Keita were very bright, particularly first-half.

— Leanne Prescott (@_lfcleanne) February 19, 2019

Jordan Henderson bossing it. Great stuff.

— Ben Webb (@BenWebbLFC) February 19, 2019

• Manè should’ve scored.
• Henderson = MOTM.
• Keita showing his worth.
• Matip & Fabinho were solid.
• Clean sheet without Van Dijk.
• 0-0 is a decent result.
• Score draw at Bayern sees us through.
• Remaining positive.

Man Utd on Sunday, next.

— – (@AnfieldRd96) February 19, 2019

“The best game Henderson has played since his arrival”

Colm Roche on Facebook.

Having Keita is great. He can take the ball in tight spaces in central areas and drive forward. Shame his good performance coincided with Mané and Salah being off cue. It’ll be bedlam when they all play well at once

— John O'Sullivan (@NotoriousJOS) February 19, 2019

Naby Keita has finally arrived, could be massive for the run in

— Jamie (@JamieBarkway) February 19, 2019

Keita's performance tonight deserves respect from all the haters

— Dean (@dean__lfc) February 19, 2019

“I’m liking Keita more and more”

PeachesEnRegalia on the forums.

Jordan Henderson superb tonight ?

— Darren Farley (@DFImpressionist) February 19, 2019

Fabinho also excelled in a rare centre-back role…

Fabinho putting in a top class performance at CB. Can’t say I’m surprised, proper Rolls Royce of a player that lad.

— LFC Stanley House (@LFCStanleyHouse) February 19, 2019

What a footballer Fabinho is, though. Colossal in a rare centre-back role.

— Henry Jackson (@HenryJackson87) February 19, 2019

Fabinho knows how to put in a tackle. Any tackle. #LFC ##FCB

— Danny Gallagher (@Danny7Gallagher) February 19, 2019

“Big shout out to Matip and Fabinho. They did well to shut down Lewandowski.”

Mihir Ghate on Facebook.

I watched that game with the confidence that Virgil van Dijk was in defence because that is what we are accustomed to. He wasn’t but Fabinho was there fantastically and provided all the assurity that VVD usually does. Versatile.

— Caoimhe (@caoimheone) February 19, 2019

How good was Fabinho? Is there anything he’s shit at? The lad is immense!

— Kenny (@KopAce74) February 19, 2019

Fabinho was pretty good playing out of position”

big noyd on the forums.

Fabinho deserves enormous credit stepping into what is still a relatively unfamiliar role on a stage like that. Several perfectly timed challenges in key situations. Such an adaptable and intelligent player.

— Joel Rabinowitz (@joel_archie) February 19, 2019

Klopp’s substitutions didn’t go down well, however…

Those subs. ???? Divock Origi isn't a Champions League striker.

— Jack Lusby (@jacklusby_) February 19, 2019

wait so why was Origi brought on instead of Sturridge or Shaqiri?

— Kahuna (@earlblouse) February 19, 2019

Keita's been our best player, I wouldn't take him off.

— Taintless Red (@TaintlessRed) February 19, 2019

Frustrating night, think such a high press in the first 60' (right up to 6-yard box!) left the tanks a bit empty near the end.

Not enough movement, no space to dribble, nobody really looked like scoring other than Mane.

Not sure why Keita was taken off, best line-breaker in 2H.

— Karl Matchett (@karlmatchett) February 19, 2019

Shaqiri must not be 100% fit. Not a chance does Klopp leave him as an unused sub otherwise

— Josh (@KloppStyle) February 19, 2019

Why didn’t klopp use his 3rd sub??

— allez (@NotoriousBobby_) February 19, 2019

Worst substitutions ever…. Just saying. #lfc

— S*T*E*V*I*E.. © (@Steviejb23271) February 19, 2019

Still no Shaqiri or Sturridge Klopp + subs =??

— Adam JFT96 YNWA (@AdnPaiLaynLFC) February 19, 2019

Many were positive about a 0-0 draw, especially without Van Dijk playing…

Rather us needing to score than sit on a lead away from home.

— Tom McMahon (@TomMc_Sports) February 19, 2019

Not bad I guess, can't recall too many instances where Lewandowski has been completely shut off and Bayern wasting time throughout.

Have to do it the hard way in the 2nd leg, but our side is capable

— Dinesh Kumar (@DHardayal) February 19, 2019

I think 0-0 in a home leg can be a decent result because we're capable of scoring against any team away, but our CL away form has been so poor of late.

— Taintless Red (@TaintlessRed) February 19, 2019

FT: #LFC 0 Bayern Munich 0: Frustration at Anfield. Klopp's side far from their fluent best. German champions nullified their threat. But, crucially, Reds kept a clean sheet and will have Van Dijk back for the trip to the Allianz

— James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) February 19, 2019

0-0 is a fine result. They get their great home advantage (and our poor CL away record this year!) and we get the away goal advantage. All to play for.

— Ste Hoare (@stehoare) February 19, 2019

“Am I missing something here? Advantage Bayern Munich?”

Dave Wood on Facebook.

#LFC not at their best tonight so the major positive to take is a clean sheet. Bayern did a decent job of limiting chances but will have to open up more at home, which could be crucial. A perfectly poised tie.

— David Lynch (@LynchStandard) February 19, 2019

Decent result for Liverpool, especially given absences. Fair play to their defence, too. After a shaky start, Fabinho, in particular, was class.

— Oliver Holt (@OllieHolt22) February 19, 2019

0-0 in the first leg at home in Europe is not a bad result

— Jim Boardman (@JimBoardman) February 19, 2019

“No away goal for BM, but no goal for us at home to take an advantage. All to play for in 3 weeks time. Should be a good game.”

macca1970 on the forums.

My god I have seen some whiney comments on my timeline.

We played one of Europe's best teams into a shell by half-time.

We kept a clean sheet against Germany's most prolific striker with a makeshift back line.

We are every bit in this tie and fit for United.

Complain…

— Alex Mansfield (@el_mansfield) February 19, 2019

Happy with that. Bayern are quality. Think we'll score over there, tho. Up the Reds #LFC

— Simon Collings (@simoncollings82) February 19, 2019

Others looked ahead to a crucial clash with Man United on Sunday…

Sunday now a test as much about what we can do to an attacking team away from home as it is the trip to Old Trafford. Good practice for the Allianz.

— And Could He Play (@andcouldheplay7) February 19, 2019

Roll on Sunday now, bring on yer Manchester United.

— BIG SHAQ. (@FizzyChaudhary) February 19, 2019

“Not a bad result at all. Back firing for Sunday”

Joey Cart on Facebook.

Now you have to put a today's game behind our backs and look for Sunday's game against Manchester United it's no less important than today's game.

— Castle of the Kop (@castleofthekop) February 19, 2019

Onto the United game. We owe them at spanking at Old Trafford. Big game on Sunday. Vamos.

— Ahmed ?? (@FtblAhmed) February 19, 2019

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Liverpool frustrated in Bayern draw

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 21:53
By Pete Hall at Anfield

Last Updated: 20/02/19 7:00am

Mohamed Salah attempts to control the ball for Liverpool against Bayern Munich Mohamed Salah attempts to control the ball for Liverpool against Bayern Munich Mohamed Salah attempts to control the ball for Liverpool against Bayern Munich

Jurgen Klopp failed to get one over on former foe Bayern Munich as Liverpool were held to a 0-0 draw in the first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie at Anfield.

Liverpool, whose makeshift defence looked shaky early on, spurned a host of chances in the first half to break the deadlock, with Sadio Mane the biggest culprit, unable to find the target from two efforts in quick succession.

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After the break, Liverpool retreated into their half much more. Bayern created openings of their own, with former Arsenal player Serge Gnabry firing their best effort over just before the hour mark.

The match, in truth, petered out, with Liverpool perhaps with one eye on the Super Sunday clash with Manchester United, live on Sky Sports. However, Liverpool held on to that vital clean sheet ahead of the return leg in Munich in three weeks' time, as Klopp failed to gain some form of revenge for his Borussia Dortmund side's 2013 Champions League final defeat at the hands of Bayern.

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Liverpool: Alisson (6), Robertson (6), Matip (5), Alexander-Arnold (6) Henderson (7), Wijnaldum (5), Keita (6), Fabinho (7), Salah (6), Mane (6), Firmino (5).

Subs: Milner (6), Origi (6).

Bayern Munich: Neuer (6), Kimmich (6), Sule (6), Hummels (6), Alaba (6), Thiago (5), Martinez (5), Rodriguez (5), Gnabry (6), Coman (6), Lewandowski (4).

Subs: Ribery (6), Rafinha (N/A), Sanches (N/A).

Man of the match: Jordan Henderson

Liverpool started well, with Mohamed Salah picked out by a perfect lofted pass from Jordan Henderson, but the team's top goalscorer failed to really test Manuel Neuer in the away goal.

Then Liverpool got out of jail after Gnabry skipped past his man all too easily before firing a low cross into the middle, Joel Matip tried to clear, but instead diverted the ball towards his own goal, only for Alisson to block.

Liverpool continued to look shaky with Kinglsey Coman then hammering the ball into the side netting after Alisson had put Matip in trouble with a poor pass. Bayern then failed to clear their lines themselves, with Trent Alexander-Arnold crossing for Salah, who could only head wide at the back post.

Jurgen Klopp made two changes from the side that beat Bournemouth 3-0 10 days ago. James Milner dropped to the bench with Virgil van Dijk also sidelined due to suspension.. Trent Alexander-Arnold and Jordan Henderson came into the side, with Fabinho dropping in to partner Joel Matip in defence, as was expected before the game. Just the one change for Bayern after their 3-2 win against Augsburg on Friday, as Leon Goretzka is replaces Javi Martinez.

The chance of the half fell to Sadio Mane in the 32nd minute after Niklas Sule had charged down Naby Keita's strike, but Mane could only scuff wide with the goal at his mercy, before then acrobatically firing wide from another good position.

The pace of the game slowed somewhat after the break, with chances less plentiful. Gnabry actually had the first meaningful strike of the half just before the hour mark, but his effort drifted over the top.

Klopp switched it up and introduced James Milner and Divock Origi but it was Mane who had their last chance to snatch all three points, with his header saved smartly by Neuer late on.

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  • Each of Bayern Munich's last three visits to Anfield in European competition have now finished 0-0; it is only the second time Liverpool have played out three straight goalless draws in all competitions with an opponent at Anfield after Tottenham Hotspur between October 1969 and December 1971 (four straight 0-0s).
  • This was Jurgen Klopp's 30th managerial meeting with Bayern Munich in all competitions - more than any other opponent in his career - but the first to finish 0-0.
  • Liverpool extended their unbeaten home run in all European competitions to 20 games (W14 D6); this was their 11th clean sheet in those 20 matches.
  • Bayern Munich are now unbeaten in nine straight away games in the Champions League (W6 D3), the longest ongoing such run in the competition.
  • Liverpool have played out a goalless draw in the first leg of a Champions League knockout tie for only the second time, and the first since the 2004-05 semi-final against Chelsea.
  • Bayern are one of just three sides to still remain unbeaten in the 2018-19 Champions League (P7 W4 D3 L0) along with Lyon and Barcelona.
  • Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson has kept eight clean sheets in his 10 home Champions League appearances since the start of last season (5 for Roma, 3 for Liverpool), at least double the total of any other goalkeeper in the competition in that time.
  • Bayern Munich failed to attempt a single shot on target in a Champions League game for the first time since May 2015 in their semi-final first leg away at Barcelona.
Georginio Wijnaldum battles for possession with Bayern Munich forward Kingsley Coman Georginio Wijnaldum battles for possession with Bayern Munich forward Kingsley Coman Georginio Wijnaldum battles for possession with Bayern Munich forward Kingsley Coman Man of the match - Jordan Henderson

The Liverpool skipper covered every blade of grass for the cause, and helped wrestle control from a very talented Bayern midfield. His pass early on for Salah was right out of the top drawer, but it was his ability to win possession - no Liverpool player won the ball back more - and disrupt the Bayern backline that earns him the award.

What's next?

Up next for Liverpool is the mouthwatering clash with United at Old Trafford on Sunday, live on Sky Sports. Bayern welcome Hertha Berlin to Bavaria on Saturday.

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Match report: Stalemate in CL first leg against Bayern

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 21:53

Liverpool's Champions League last-16 tie with Bayern Munich is locked in stalemate after a goalless first leg at Anfield.

An absorbing clash between the teams currently ranked second in the Premier League and Bundesliga respectively did not produce a mark on the scoresheet.

And so the battle for a place in the quarter-finals of the competition remains firmly balanced before the reverse meeting in Germany on March 13.

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Liverpool made two changes, with Trent Alexander-Arnold and Jordan Henderson brought into the XI and Fabinho deployed at centre-back with Virgil van Dijk suspended and Dejan Lovren still injured.

Roberto Firmino recovered from illness to retain his place in the middle of the Reds attack.

First half

Anfield was a picture of hope as the players emerged to a flag-filled Kop, the pre-match rendition of You’ll Never Walk Alone drowning out the Champions League anthem that concludes the talk and begins the biggest of nights.

Bayern appeared undaunted from the off, though, their commitment to playing out from the back passing the early examinations from Liverpool’s high press.

The Reds fashioned the tie’s first sniff of a chance, Henderson’s angled clip over the opposition defence inviting Mohamed Salah to dart in between the backline – but his prod on the stretch was a simple take for Manuel Neuer.

Fortune favoured Klopp’s men moments later. Serge Gnabry got free on the right flank and drove in a flat cross that Joel Matip kicked straight at Alisson Becker and, somehow, away from goal.

The same Liverpool duo gifted the Bundesliga champions their next opportunity, squandering possession in their own area, but Kingsley Coman skewed his effort wide of the left post.

Half-chances and shots were coming in almost every attack at either end and Salah would have broken the deadlock with a more accurate header when Alexander-Arnold’s back-post cross drifted over David Alaba.

Sadio Mane frustratingly scuffed wide on the turn when Naby Keita’s hit was deflected into his path by Niklas Sule and Mats Hummels prevented Matip from converting Firmino’s pull-back as the Reds steadily surged at Bayern.

And Firmino himself could only nudge Alexander-Arnold’s low cross into the grasp of Neuer in the final action of a half that should really not have ended goalless.

Second half

The interval had zero influence on the nature of the game, the two sides simply picking up the back-and-forth flow they had left.

Fabinho timed a tackle perfectly to thwart Robert Lewandowski on 52 minutes, planting in his right foot as the Bayern No.9 sought to turn and tuck in Coman’s cross from the left.

The Reds soon countered and Keita worked a pass towards Andy Robertson’s sprint forward at the second attempt but after Sule’s challenge sent the ball off the Scot and looping at goal, Salah could not get it under control.

If Liverpool edged the first half, the visitors took greater control from the outset of the second, their use of the ball both more assured and consistently forward-thinking.

But, slowly, the home side exerted themselves again and Klopp opted for a reshuffle when James Milner and Divock Origi replaced Keita and Firmino respectively.

Bayern dropped deeper as the minutes ticked away, putting the onus on the Reds to plot a way through their organised structure – and they nearly did with five left on the clock.

Robertson’s tricky delivery to the near post was met by a Mane diving header that Neuer reacted quickly to tip around the woodwork and ensure the tie is goalless at its halfway point.

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Match report: Stalemate in CL first leg against Bayern

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 21:53
Liverpool's Champions League last-16 tie with Bayern Munich is locked in stalemate after a goalless first leg at Anfield.
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Jürgen Klopp on Firmino illness and continued Lovren absence

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 19:05

Jürgen Klopp confirmed Roberto Firmino has fully recovered to face Bayern Munich but Dejan Lovren remains sidelined with injury.

Firmino is in the Liverpool starting XI for the Champions League last-16 first leg at Anfield tonight despite a bout of illness ahead of the tie.

“It’s the third time in a row! First James [Milner] before West Ham, then Gini [Wijnaldum] before Bournemouth, and now Bobby,” Klopp told BT Sport pre-match.

“Maybe we always need one out for the last session of the week! It’s the same, you cannot be sure.

“Yesterday the Doc was slightly positive and Bobby was very positive, he said: ‘No, I’m fine.’ But yesterday he was not fine, today he is fine – so let’s go.”

In Lovren’s absence, which is expected to continue for the weekend trip to Manchester United in the Premier League, Fabinho will be used in central defence.

Klopp said: “There was not a real doubt, to be honest. It was not mind games but Dejan had no chance for the game today actually, I don’t think he even has a chance for the next game. He will take his time.

“It was clear Fabinho and Joel have to play tonight, so we trained it – we tried everything – and now hopefully the boys are ready.”

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Jürgen Klopp on Firmino illness and continued Lovren absence

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 19:05
Jürgen Klopp confirmed Roberto Firmino has fully recovered to face Bayern Munich but Dejan Lovren remains sidelined with injury.
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Team news: Confirmed Liverpool line-up v Bayern

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 18:44

Liverpool make two changes for this evening’s Champions League last 16, first-leg tie with Bayern Munich at Anfield.

Trent Alexander-Arnold and Jordan Henderson return to the starting line-up, replacing James Milner and the suspended Virgil van Dijk.

Roberto Firmino is also named in the XI after recovering from illness, while Xherdan Shaqiri is on the bench.

Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Fabinho, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Keita, Mane, Salah, Firmino.

Subs: Mignolet, Milner, Sturridge, Moreno, Lallana, Shaqiri, Origi.

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Team news: Confirmed Liverpool line-up v Bayern

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Liverpool make two changes for this evening’s Champions League last 16, first-leg tie with Bayern Munich at Anfield.
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Adam Lewis commits his future to Liverpool FC

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 15:59

Adam Lewis has signed a new long-term contract with Liverpool Football Club.

The 19-year-old has been a regular member of Neil Critchley’s U23 side this season and has recently returned from the first-team training camp in Marbella.

The Liverpool-born player has been with the Reds since U6 level. He has played both at left-back and in midfield this season, a mark of his versatility.

He has also spent time at Melwood training with Jürgen Klopp’s first-team squad.

Lewis played for England U19s in the European Championship finals last summer and went on to make his debut for the U20s in September.

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Adam Lewis commits his future to Liverpool FC

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Adam Lewis has signed a new long-term contract with Liverpool Football Club.
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Klopp confirms Liverpool interest in England youngster

HEAD NEWS - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 14:13

Jurgen Klopp has revealed strong Liverpool interest in Jadon Sancho - but admitted his club had NO chance of signing the rising England star.

The Reds boss was asked about German clubs snapping up many English youngsters in recent seasons, and his answer inadvertently illuminated the potential for a future move to sign the teenager from current club Dortmund.

Sancho forced a move out of Manchester City because of what he saw as a lack of opportunities for home grown youngsters, instead choosing Dortmund.

"Where else would a team that gets 80,000 fans at every home game to put so much faith in youngsters?" he asked.

And Klopp believes that is incredible for his own club, as he admitted he'd love to sign the 18 year old: "Buying English players is a smart idea because we would never have a chance to get Sancho.

"We are not blind – we saw him, we liked him and then we think 'Can we get him?' No. Because English clubs don't sell to other English clubs.

"I don't know exactly what the reason is for that but they don't do it. Now they can go to Germany which is a wonderful league."

Dortmund though, DO sell to English clubs, and the player, who has already been capped three times by England boss Gareth Southgate, has attracted the interest of the likes of Manchester United, Spurs, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool.

But his fee would be markedly different to the £8m the Germans eventually paid for the then 17-year-old, as he made clear he would not sign a new contract at the Etihad and instead preferred a move abroad.

Dortmund sold 20-year-old Ousmane Dembele to Barcelona for a fee of £100m rising to £135m in 2017, and they have made it clear that when they eventually look to sell Sancho on, they will value him in a similar bracket.

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Klopp confirms Liverpool interest in England youngster

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 14:13

Jurgen Klopp has revealed strong Liverpool interest in Jadon Sancho - but admitted his club had NO chance of signing the rising England star.

The Reds boss was asked about German clubs snapping up many English youngsters in recent seasons, and his answer inadvertently illuminated the potential for a future move to sign the teenager from current club Dortmund.

Sancho forced a move out of Manchester City because of what he saw as a lack of opportunities for home grown youngsters, instead choosing Dortmund.

"Where else would a team that gets 80,000 fans at every home game to put so much faith in youngsters?" he asked.

And Klopp believes that is incredible for his own club, as he admitted he'd love to sign the 18 year old: "Buying English players is a smart idea because we would never have a chance to get Sancho.

"We are not blind – we saw him, we liked him and then we think 'Can we get him?' No. Because English clubs don't sell to other English clubs.

"I don't know exactly what the reason is for that but they don't do it. Now they can go to Germany which is a wonderful league."

Dortmund though, DO sell to English clubs, and the player, who has already been capped three times by England boss Gareth Southgate, has attracted the interest of the likes of Manchester United, Spurs, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool.

But his fee would be markedly different to the £8m the Germans eventually paid for the then 17-year-old, as he made clear he would not sign a new contract at the Etihad and instead preferred a move abroad.

Dortmund sold 20-year-old Ousmane Dembele to Barcelona for a fee of £100m rising to £135m in 2017, and they have made it clear that when they eventually look to sell Sancho on, they will value him in a similar bracket.

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Klopp confirms Liverpool interest in England youngster

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 14:13
Jurgen Klopp has revealed strong Liverpool interest in Jadon Sancho - but admitted his club had NO chance of signing the rising England star.
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LIVE: Liverpool v Bayern Munich - follow the build-up

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 10:45

'...and now he's munching Gladbach'

There's be a very special guest inside Anfield tonight - argubly the most famous banner in Liverpool Football Club history will be back on the Kop for the first time since 1994.

'Joey ate the frogs legs, made the Swiss roll, now he's munching Gladbach' is a 24-foot banner made to honour Joey Jones ahead of the 1977 European Cup final in Rome.

Created by Phil Downey and his late best friend Jimmy Cummings, the iconic tribute is synonymous with the first time the Reds conquered Europe.

And, in the video feature below, Downey tells the story of his 'greatest achievement in life' with the help of Liverpool-supporting author Dave Kirby.

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LIVE: Liverpool v Bayern Munich - follow the build-up

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 10:45
Follow all of the build-up, action and reaction as Liverpool host Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie at Anfield.
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Why Liverpool can rely on home advantage as Jurgen Klopp seeks big win over Bayern

ThisIsAnfield.com - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 10:00

Liverpool take on Bayern Munich at Anfield looking for a big advantage from the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie. Here are the key stats and facts.


Five Times

This will be the fifth time the clubs have met in a European tie.

In March 1971, Liverpool beat Bayern 3-0 at home in the Fairs Cup with Alun Evans scoring the club’s first hat-trick in Europe. This was followed by a 1-1 draw in Germany with Ian Ross finding the net for the Reds.

Later that year they clashed again—this time in the Cup Winners’ Cup with Bayern winning 3-1 in Munich after a 0-0 draw at Anfield.

The semi-final of the European Cup was the stage in 1981 and again another goalless draw—this time at Anfield.

In the famous return a depleted Liverpool team scored first through Ray Kennedy on 83 minutes, and although Karl-Heinz Rummenigge equalised the Reds prevailed on away goals and went on to defeat Real Madrid in the Paris final.

They last met in European competition in the Super Cup in Monaco in 2001 with Gerard Houllier’s men winning 3-2 after leading by three goals early in the second half through John Arne Riise, Emile Heskey and Michael Owen.

Klopp’s Motivation

01.11.2011, Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund, GER, UEFA Champions League, Vorrunde, Borussia Dortmund (GER) vs Olympiacos Piraeus (GRE), im Bild Juergen Klopp (Trainer Dortmund) // during Borussia Dortmund (GER) vs Olympiacos Piraeus (GRE) at Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund, GER, 2011-11-01. EXPA Pictures © 2011, PhotoCredit: EXPA/ nph/ Kurth ****** out of GER / CRO / BEL ******

Jurgen Klopp has faced Bayern 30 times during his career, winning nine with four draws and 17 defeats. He registered one win in his first 12 meetings while with Mainz and Borussia Dortmund.

Klopp faced Bayern in the 2013 Champions League final at Wembley, losing 2-1 with Arjen Robben scoring an 89th-minute winner after Ilkay Gundogan had cancelled out Bayern’s opener from Mario Mandzukic.

In that game Xherdan Shaqiri was an unused Bayern substitute.

Seven players remain at Bayern from the team that beat Klopp’s Dortmund: Manuel Neuer, Jerome Boateng, David Alaba, Javi Martinez, Arjen Robben, Thomas Muller and Franck Ribery.

Two of the beaten finalists that evening are currently with tonight’s opponents: Mats Hummels and Robert Lewandowski.

Bayern’s European Pedigree

 Luiz Gustavo, captain Philipp Lahm, Arjen Robben, Jerome Boateng, Thomas Muller, Holger Badstuber, David Alaba, Mario Gomez, Toni Kroos. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

This is Bayern’s 11th successive Champions League campaign. They have progressed from the group phase each time.

Only once have they gone out at the round of 16 stage during that sequence. In 2010/11 they won in Milan 1-0 but were beaten 3-2 at home by Inter to exit on away goals.

It is their 35th campaign in the European Cup.

Last season they reached the semi-finals, losing to Real Madrid, and they have reached the knockout phase in 2018/19 by winning four and drawing twice to finish two points ahead of Ajax.

Home Advantage

 Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson leads his side out before the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Liverpool FC and SSC Napoli at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Last season Liverpool progressed in knockout ties after playing at Anfield first on two occasions defeating Man City and Roma.

They have won their last three ties in Europe after playing at home first (Man United being the other in 2015/16 Europa League).

Only Besiktas, on penalties in Turkey after the home team had won each game 1-0, have defeated the Reds in the last six ties when Anfield has staged the first leg.

Suspensions & Concerns

 Liverpool's Andy Robertson walks out before the UEFA Champions League Group C match between S.S.C. Napoli and Liverpool FC at Stadio San Paolo. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool will be without Virgil van Dijk this evening as he picked up his third yellow card at home to Napoli while a booking for Andrew Robertson will see him miss the trip to Munich.

Thomas Muller will miss both games of this tie following his red card at Ajax in matchday 6 while Joshua Kimmich will miss the second leg should he receive a yellow card this evening.

This Season’s Scorers

 Liverpool's captain James Milner celebrates scoring the first goal during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool FC at Parc des Princes. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool: Salah (20), Mane (13), Firmino (11), Shaqiri (6), Milner (5), Sturridge (4), Origi (2), Wijnaldum (2), own goals (2), Alexander-Arnold (1), Fabinho (1), Lovren (1), Matip (1), Van Dijk (1)

Bayern: Lewandowski (25), Gnabry (7), Goretzka (6), Coman (5), Muller (5), Ribery (5), Robben (5), Alcantara (3), Rodriguez (3), Alaba (2), own goals (2), Hummels (1), Kimmich (1), Martinez (1), Rafinha (1), Renato Sanches (1), Sule (1), Tolisso (1), Wagner (1)

* All statistics courtesy of Liverpool statistician Ged Rea (@ged0407).

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Van Dijk to present UEFA cheque to ICRC cause

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 10:00

UEFA will today mark the unveiling of a new cause to reunite families caught up in armed conflicts and other situations of violence, with Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk set to present a cheque for €100,000 to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

The Dutchman will receive the cheque from UEFA vice-president Michele Uva before the Reds’ Champions League last-16 first leg against Bayern Munich at Anfield.

The donation will then be presented to Martin Schüepp, the deputy regional director for Europe and central Asia at the ICRC.

“I would like to thank UEFA’s partner, the ICRC, for its devoted and outstanding work in reuniting separated families across the world that have been torn apart by conflicts, natural disasters and other situations of violence,” said Uva.

“UEFA is delighted to donate this cheque to this important long-term programme of the ICRC, to bring people, especially children, back together with their loved ones.”

Van Dijk was chosen to present the cheque after being named in the UEFA.com Fans’ Team of the Year 2018.

A runner-up with Liverpool in last season’s Champions League final against Real Madrid in Kiev, the centre-back featured in the all-star XI for the first time.

“I think it’s really important because I don’t think too many other organisations are doing this and I believe it’s a good project to support,” he said.

“Family is the most important thing in the world – at the end of the day you want to be together, you want to be with your family. The kids want to be with their fathers and likewise with their mothers. It’s special that the ICRC is doing this and we should definitely encourage people to help.”

Van Dijk, a proud father to two young daughters, added that it would be hard for him to even contemplate being torn apart from his family.

“I can’t imagine not being able to see my kids or that they could be somewhere where you don’t even know where they are,” said the 27-year-old.

“I can’t imagine and hopefully I won’t ever have to imagine that, but as I said, it is very special that the ICRC is helping these families.”

In 2018 the ICRC reunited 1,000 family members, of whom more than 800 were children. However, with armed conflicts affecting millions of people across the globe, it is a constant challenge for the ICRC to reunite families with loved ones.

“At the moment we are looking for more than 100,000 missing people worldwide. Reconnecting families is as important to our humanitarian mission as providing food, shelter or water,” said Schüepp.

“We work in situations of armed conflict, other situations of violence and migration across the world, and we frequently hear that people’s absolute priority is to find out if their loved ones are safe.

“UEFA is an important partner and knowing this donation will help reunite families torn apart by conflict and violence is encouraging to continue this essential work as well as the partnership with UEFA.”

Over the course of a partnership lasting more than 20 years, UEFA has donated in excess of €3.5m to the ICRC to assist disadvantaged people around the world.

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Van Dijk to present UEFA cheque to ICRC cause

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 10:00
UEFA will today mark the unveiling of a new cause to reunite families caught up in armed conflicts and other situations of violence, with Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk set to present a cheque for €100,000 to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
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