Liverpool trained at Melwood on Tuesday morning before their journey to Munich to face Bayern in the Champions League last 16.
Jürgen Klopp and his staff put the Reds through their paces in West Derby ahead of an afternoon flight to Germany.
Liverpool require a win or score draw at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday night to progress to the quarter-finals.
Our photographers were at Melwood to provide a gallery of their latest session below...
Photos by John and Andrew Powell
Liverpool FC Women's away fixture against Birmingham City Women will now be played at St Andrew's Stadium.
The Women’s Super League game will still take place on Sunday April 28 with kick-off at 2pm.
With thousands of Liverpool supporters travelling to Munich for the Champions League last-16 tie at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday, we've put together this handy guide for your trip to Germany's third-largest city...
Situated at the foot of the Bavarian Alps and the banks of the River Isar, the busy city is both picturesque and vibrant, so there's plenty for Reds fans to experience ahead of the 8pm GMT kick-off...
The most popular way to travel the 30 kilometres from Munich Flughafen International Airport to the city centre is by train. The S1 and S8 S-Bahn lines depart the airport for downtown every 10 minutes and take about 45 minutes to reach Marienplatz station in the city's main square.
Tickets can be bought at the MVV ticket machines, which have an English option, or at the DB/MVV window at the airport and cost €11.60 one way. However, a better option would be to buy an Airport-City-Day-Ticket (or Single Day Ticket), which allows as many trips as you like on the entire Munich network until 6am the following day.
Useful if you also intend to jump on the U-Bahn line from the city to the Allianz Arena, or do a spot of sightseeing.
Download a network map by clicking here.
EATING AND DRINKING
The Viktualienmarkt - Munich's largest food market - is just 350 metres from Marienplatz in the heart of the Old Town and has a beer garden where you can eat and drink, plus a selection of bars and restaurants in the surrounding streets.
Along one side, there's a series of shops from where you can buy Munich's best-known traditional dish: the weisswurst.
A variation on the popular bratwurst, the weisswurst is a white sausage made from minced veal and back bacon, seasoned with parsley, lemon and spices and served with sweet mustard. They are made fresh each day and Bavarians traditionally eat them as mid-morning snacks.
You can always wash it down with a stein of the classic Munich beer 'helles' - a pale lager which should not be confused with the 'pilsner' popular in other German regions - or maybe a typically Bavarian wheat beer.
For a wider choice of traditional fare, head around the corner to Plaztl and the legendary Hofbräuhaus München, which claims to be the oldest beer hall in the world, for a selection of Bavarian cuisine and beers in a lively atmosphere.
The Marienplatz is also a good place to head post-match. It's where Bayern Munich celebrate their league titles, so it has seen its fair share of parties.
More nightlife can be found just north in Schwabing - the borough where artists, students and bohemes traditionally lived - while the city's most famous club, P1, which got its name from American GIs after the war who couldn't pronounce the name of the street Prinzregentenstrass, is just across the river to the east.
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Munich is the 12th-largest city in the European Union and offers plenty to explore, but for those with limited time we've picked out three must-see attractions for a one-day whistle-stop tour of the city.
We have already mentioned Marienplatz square, but it has been at the heart of Munich since the 12th century and remains the hub of the city so it's a great place to start any tour.
Just off Marienplatz, on Rindermarkt, stands the Church of Saint Peter, with its towering spire and 56-metre-high viewing platform offering excellent vistas of the city.
It's a 299-step climb up a narrow staircase but for a €2 fee the payoff is certainly worth it. As a bonus, if you time your ascent correctly, it also an excellent viewpoint to see the famous Rathaus-Glockenspiel cuckoo clock in action. The clock, which dates from 1908, puts on a 12-minute show of twirling figures and chimes every day at 11am, 12pm and 5pm.
If an early morning climb is not for you, then maybe a coffee and snack in the Glockenspiel Cafe on the top floor of the building directly opposite in Marienplatz is more your style.
From there you can make the 15-minute walk east towards the river to explore the German Museum for Science and Technology (Deutsches Museum) and its unusual location on a small island in the River Isar.
You can also hop on the S-Bahn, U-Bahn, or the tram service but be sure to alight at Isartor and walk across Ludwig's Bridge (Ludwigsbrücke) over the river to take in the spectacular approach to the biggest technology museum in the world.
Inside (€14), the museum offers 'a wealth of masterpieces of science and technology', which range from Natural Sciences and the star show in the planetarium, a replica mine in Materials and Energy, plus a host of vehicles in the Transport section.
Afterwards, or if museums are just not your thing, why not head to the impressive English Garden (Englischer Garten), one of the largest urban parks in the world, bigger than the Central Park in New York, and take in one of its huge beer gardens along its winding paths.
Commissioned in 1789 by Elector Carl Theodor, the 910-acre park now stretches along the banks of the Isar River from the centre of the city to its north-east limits and houses a Greek temple, Chinese pagoda, Japanese tea house and Eisbach - an artificial river that has become a famous surfing hotspot.
The elevated Greek temple, or Monopteros, is a good place to enjoy vistas of the surrounding areas while the serviced beer garden next to the Chinese Tower (Chinesischer Turm) has about 7,000 seats and is the second-largest in Munich.
Not a bad place to spend an hour or two.
AT THE STADIUM
The 75,000-capacity Allianz Arena is about 10 kilometres north of the city centre and is serviced by the U6 underground line, which can be boarded at the central transfer hub at Marienplatz.
Take the service heading towards Garching-Hochbrück and hop off after a 16-minute journey at Fröttmaning station to walk the final section to the stadium, via the Esplanade.
Built ahead of the 2006 World Cup, the new stadium replaced Munich's old Olympiastadion and has everything you would expect from a modern ground. There's a selection of places to eat and drink, including the usual kiosks to grab a traditional 'beer and sausage' matchday combo, but the best options are back in the city.
The ground also houses the club museum (Bayern Erlebniswelt) and as befits the most successful side in Germany it's the biggest in the country (€12 entry). Stadium tours are also possible (€12) and you can book combined tour and museum tickets for €19.
Bayern also offer exclusive matchday tours (€49), which are available to fans who have a valid ticket. More details here.
Watch live as Jürgen Klopp and a member of his squad preview Liverpool's Champions League tie with Bayern Munich at a press conference today.
The manager will be joined by a first-team player to speak to the media from 6.30pm GMT at the Allianz Arena, on the eve of the last-16 second leg.
See everything they have to say about the game with our free coverage from Germany via YouTube – just return to this page shortly before 6.30pm to access a live stream.
As Liverpool U19s prepare to take on Croatian outfit Dinamo Zagreb in the last 16 of the UEFA Youth League today, Barry Lewtas has highlighted the brilliant team spirit in the group.
The young Reds have played some outstanding football on their European adventure so far this term, finishing top of their group to qualify for the knockout stages, having racked up five goals against the likes of Paris Saint-Germain and Napoli.
With their first team domestic champions, Dinamo Zagreb followed a different route to the last 16 and beat Lokomotiv Moscow 5-4 on penalties in their play-off tie to earn the right to host Liverpool on home soil.
Ahead of the 2pm GMT kick-off, read Lewtas’ thoughts on the journey in the competition so far, team spirit and the challenge posed by the opposition…
On how he would describe the journey to the last 16 so far…
It has been exciting. We have had some tough and close games, last-minute winners and a few games where we have managed to score a lot of goals as well. It has been an exciting journey and it has been really enjoyable.
On Tuesday’s tie with Dinamo Zagreb…
We are really excited. It’s a competition we have done well in and we have done really well again to reach the last 16. We obviously won our group, which was a tough group. It’s a great experience for the boys to travel once again representing the football club. We don’t quite know what surface we will be playing on and normally in these games they usually get a good crowd in, so that represents a good test for the boys as well.
On the quality of the opposition…
They are national champions so they earned their right in this competition and they have earned their path in the last 16 just as commendably as we have. We know we are up against a really good team and we are ready to go.
On competition for places at U19 level…
We have got a really good squad to pick from. Whatever personnel we have out there we will demand and expect a performance and hopefully we will get one. Because it’s two groups that come together to make up the U19s squad there has certainly been a togetherness. For example, Curtis Jones trains up at Melwood at the moment, he plays for the U23s and the U19s. What we’ve got to remember is he went to school with most of our U18s players, Rafael Camacho as well played with these lads. They are a real close-knit group and it’s nice to see. They are only young lads so it’s nice.
Delayed coverage of the tie will be available to watch on LFCTV at 11pm GMT.
Barcelona have beaten Juventus in the race to sign in-demand Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt this summer, according to reports in Italy.
The centre-back has long been admired by Europe’s biggest clubs after enjoying a sensational rise through the ranks in Amsterdam.
He further enhanced his glowing reputation last week by helping Ajax knock holders Real Madrid out of the Champions League.
Premier League pair Liverpool and Arsenal are also reportedly interested in the defender, while German giants Bayern Munich have been keeping a close eye on his situation.
But according to Calciomercato , the defender is intent on joining Barcelona where he will link up with current Ajax teammate Frenkie de Jong.
The article does state, however, that a deal with Barca isn’t a formality just yet due to Juventus ’ good relationship with De Ligt's agent Mino Raiola.
For now though, the defender will want to focus on the season with Ajax - and he sees no reason why they can’t continue their Champions League dream.
Source: Daily Mirror
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Mohamed Salah is in the perfect mood to drive Liverpool towards success.
Despite being denied a goal, the Egyptian was cited as the Reds’ star performer during Sunday’s 4-2 win against Burnley by Jürgen Klopp.
That result reduced the deficit to Premier League leaders Manchester City to a single point, with the title race intensifying further eight games from the end.
Thoughts are currently focused on Bayern Munich and the second leg of Liverpool’s Champions League last-16 tie with the German side tomorrow evening.
And Salah insists he is mentally prepared to help achieve the team’s ambitions.
“If we win both that would be great and this is what we are trying to do,” the No.11 said.
“The competition is very tough and we have difficult games left, as do they [City]. All you can do is win your games and hopefully they will fail in one so we can win the title.
“My mind is sharp and there is pressure but I am strong mentally and we just have to keep going. We will see what we can do at the end of the season but mentally I am ready for everything.”
Liverpool must be 'exceptional' to overcome Bayern Munich in the second leg of a Champions League tie Jürgen Klopp considers an 'open game'.
A goalless draw at Anfield last month means Wednesday night’s return meeting between the Reds and the Bundesliga leaders is intriguingly poised.
Finalists in the tournament last season, Klopp’s side can reach the last eight with a win or a score draw at the Allianz Arena and he sees the simplicity of those permutations as helpful for his players.
However, the manager believes a ‘normal game’ will not be enough to achieve the required result against a team that have won their three league fixtures since visiting Anfield by an aggregate score of 12-1.
“It’s not for me to judge what they do, or did,” Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com when asked if he expects a different approach from Bayern in Germany to the first leg.
“They are in a different moment now obviously, it’s a much more positive moment for Bayern – top of the table again, winning games comfortably again and all that stuff – so they are really back on track… if they ever left the track. I like that, not because I think it’s easier, just because it shows you in the analysis how strong they are.
“We are strong enough to give them a proper game and that’s the only thing you can expect in a situation like that, in a good situation. That’s what I’m thinking about: how can we cause them problems they have never had in the season so far against other opponents?
“They have, of course, really strong opponents but if we are at our best we can be exceptional. But we have to be, actually – if we play a normal game there we have no chance and then we should go out.
“But if we can push ourselves in a special mood and play a proper football game, then we have a proper chance and that’s all I need.”
In his immediate post-match assessment after the stalemate with Niko Kovac’s Bayern at Anfield, Klopp predicted the scoreline would feel better for Liverpool by the time of the second game.
So, now it has arrived, how optimistic is the boss about progressing to the quarter-finals?
“As optimistic as possible before a game against very strong opponents,” he replied. “It’s just an open game, that’s actually the only thing you need for the second one.
“We had different situations [last season], we were 3-0 up against City and 5-2 up against Roma and it’s always kind of a hidden danger still, if you want, that you think, ‘OK, we should be through’ but you are not actually.
“With a 0-0 everything is clear: you have to win the game. That’s what you always want. In this specific case, you can win the game with a draw as well, but it’s all clear – we have to play a really good game.
“And nothing happened yet. There are two games, the second one starts on Wednesday night and everything is good.”
Bayern’s attack will be led by Robert Lewandowski, the top scorer in this season’s Champions League with eight goals and a player with whom Klopp worked for four years at Borussia Dortmund earlier in their respective careers.
Cutting off the supply to the Poland international is the most effective way to nullify his threat, according to the Liverpool manager.
But the Reds cannot afford to concentrate solely on Lewandowski, warned Klopp, given the quality spread throughout the opposition XI.
“Robert is a world-class striker, no doubt about that. But he has different strengths and skills, it’s not that you can say, ‘If you avoid that then he cannot do that’. We are experienced enough and good enough,” he added.
“How it always is with good strikers, the more you can avoid the passes and crosses to him, the better it is. That’s what we are all working on and that’s what we have to work on actually.
“Of course, it’s not only Robert. There will be different players; Coman is back in training, Ribery is in good shape, they rested him a couple of times and now he will be ready to go for sure, Gnabry is in maybe the best moment of his career, really good. That’s all [only the] offensive [options].
“In midfield they have different options – Goretzka is back, James could play, Martinez will play, Thiago Alcantara can and probably will play. They have a lot to offer.
“That makes it so exciting, you go through the Bayern team and think, ‘Wow, they are really strong’ and then you think, ‘Ah, we are not too bad as well!’ That’s cool.
“How I always said: if you want a guarantee, don’t watch the game. If you want the chance, watch it!”
See Liverpool in pre-Bayern Munich training today with our live footage from their session at Melwood from 11.45am GMT.
The Reds travel to Germany later on Tuesday for the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie against the Bundesliga side.
They’ll conduct a preparatory workout on Merseyside before departing – and you can watch a portion of the session via our official Facebook page.
Paul Glatzel believes Liverpool U19s' experiences in the UEFA Youth League group stage can be beneficial when they take on Dinamo Zagreb in the last 16 on Tuesday.
The young Reds secured top spot in their section ahead of Paris Saint-Germain, Napoli and Red Star Belgrade to automatically progress to the tournament’s knockout stages.
Their home form – maximum points from three games – was pivotal to finishing first but it was the lessons learned on the road that Glatzel expects to be influential in Croatia.
A controversial ending against Napoli that denied Liverpool victory was followed by a thriller with PSG, which Barry Lewtas’ charges narrowly lost 3-2.
“It’s a massive learning curve because there are different styles of play and you have to deal with different conditions in different countries. It can be tough, but we’re doing alright,” Glatzel told the official LFC matchday programme.
“You can tell the difference between home and away games a lot more and I still don’t know how to describe the experience of playing Napoli away.
“There were three balls on the pitch at one point when they equalised at the end and it was tough to take after battling so hard during the whole game.
“I still don’t understand what happened but we took it, moved on and when they came to St Helens we definitely enjoyed winning that game!
“Hopefully the experience will help us in Zagreb as it’s going to be a tough game over there in front of their fans.”
Lewtas’ U18 and U19 groups are aiming for success in three competitions.
In addition to their Youth League campaign, Liverpool are second in the U18 Premier League North and have an FA Youth Cup semi-final against Watford this Sunday.
“If you ask anyone in the dressing room, we all want to win things,” added Glatzel.
“We’ve got good chances of winning things this season so we need to keep going and see where it takes us. Player development is massive, but I think it helps if you win things as well.”
"We'll try everything," Jürgen Klopp pledged as he turned attentions to Liverpool's decisive Champions League second leg against Bayern Munich this week.
The Reds face the Bundesliga side at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday night having drawn 0-0 with Niko Kovac’s team at Anfield in the opening match of their last-16 tie last month.
A win or score draw would see Klopp’s men progress to the quarter-finals and it’s an occasion the manager is eagerly anticipating despite the difficulty expected.
“We first have to make sure who is ready for that physically. But of course, it’s brilliant,” he told Liverpoolfc.com after Sunday’s 4-2 victory against Burnley.
“It’s a tough one. When we played the 0-0 here I said it, day by day the result would be better for us and a bit worse for Bayern. Now they have to change a lot and we have to play our game.
“But they are in a good moment, they won their last game 6-0 and are now top of the table again. But there’s no doubt about that – we’ll try everything to go to the quarter-finals.”
Jürgen Klopp has provided an update on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's ongoing recovery after the Liverpool midfielder played 40 minutes for the U23s on Friday.
Oxlade-Chamberlain featured in match action for the first time since sustaining knee ligament damage last April, as the young Reds faced Derby County.
The England international was taken off five minutes before his expected half-time withdrawal as a precaution – but Klopp has confirmed the patient approach to his comeback remains on course.
“It’s not really surprising, it’s normal. The good news is the knee is perfect – nothing happened, that was our only concern,” the manager told Liverpoolfc.com on Monday.
“Football games are different to football training, that’s why he felt the muscle a little bit, and thank God we were smart enough to take him off, even if it was only five minutes earlier than we thought [before the game]. That made absolute sense. Nothing else happened.
“We always said he needs time. Maybe I’m a bit guilty for being too excited about it; if nobody asked me I wouldn’t start talking about Ox, to be honest, but they ask me and I say the truth – and the truth was it looked so exciting in training. But it’s only small-sided games, shooting situations and all that.
“It’s Ox, we all know and love him, that’s cool, but, at the end of the day, we all need to make sure we are ready for the big-size pitch. And for this he just needs time. It’s all good.”
Liverpool FC Foundation, the official charity of the club, has today announced that £100,000 of the funds raised from this year's LFC Legends Charity Match will be donated to local charities in Merseyside.
The fund aims to help grassroots charities in Merseyside that support children and young people who are disabled, disadvantaged or suffering from abuse or neglect; which aligns with the LFC Foundation’s mission to create life-changing opportunities for children and young people.
Matt Parish, director of LFC Foundation, said: "We're extremely excited to be launching the LFC Foundation Community Fund; which means that we can support the numerous smaller charities around Merseyside that do fantastic work and share our values. Together we can help so many more children and young people in the city region."
The new LFC Foundation Community Fund has been organised in association with local charity, Radio City’s Cash for Kids, which will support the administration of the fund and the allocation of individual grants.
Carole Clare, charity manager for Cash for Kids, said: “We are very grateful and delighted to be a beneficiary of the LFC Legends Charity Match and to be working with the Liverpool FC Foundation. It is a fabulous opportunity for us to be able to administer and distribute the LFC Foundation Community Fund.
"We work with a large number of diverse organisations who look after children with a wide variety of different needs, we urge those organisations and any that we haven’t worked with before to take advantage and apply for a grant from this fund.
"Thank you again to the LFC Foundation, this will make a huge difference to our local children."
Registered charities who meet the eligibility criteria will be able to apply for grants of up to £3,000, and potentially more in exceptional circumstances.
The £100,000 fund will be awarded to charities during the next 12 months, with two application windows, in June and September 2019. The first round of applications will open in April.
To find out more about the LFC Foundation Community Fund visit foundation.liverpoolfc.com
Liverpool U18s host Watford in the FA Youth Cup semi-finals at Anfield on Sunday March 17 and tickets for the game must be purchased in advance.
The match will kick off at 12pm GMT.
The Kop only will be open for this all-ticket fixture.
Season ticket holders and Members can gain admission free of charge but must still secure their ticket in advance.
Adults - £3
Over 65s, young adults and juniors* - £1
*Junior tickets must be purchased with adult, over 65 or young adult tickets. Tickets are available to purchase at a ratio of 3:1 and will be available in the advertised family areas.
Tickets can be purchased online from 1pm on Monday March 11 but only until 1pm on Friday March 15.
You can also buy tickets from the ticket office from 1pm on Monday March 11 but only until 10am on Sunday March 17.
Disabled and ambulant tickets must be purchased from the ticket office or by calling 0151 264 2500.
Supporters can purchase up to a maximum of 10 tickets per transaction.
For this fixture, bar-coded paper tickets will be provided for all supporters attending and must be used to gain access into the stadium. Season ticket and Member cards will not be activated.
Only supporters in possession of a ticket should travel to Anfield.
Please note that once sales end at 10am on Sunday March 17, we will not be able to accommodate any further walk-up sales.
Liverpool's FA Youth Cup semi-final with Watford will be played at Anfield on Sunday March 17.
The Reds progressed to the last four of the competition with a 5-1 win at Bury, having previously eliminated Portsmouth, Accrington Stanley and Wigan Athletic.
Their next task in the tournament is a tie against Watford, which has been confirmed for a 12pm GMT kick-off at Anfield this coming Sunday.
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Liverpool kept up the pressure on Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table with a 4-2 victory over Burnley at Anfield on Sunday.
Fighting back from a goal down, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane both netted twice, while the returning Adam Lallana drew plaudits for an influential performance.
Here is what the media made of the match...
James Pearce, Liverpool Echo
You learn a lot about a team on days like this. As the rain lashed down and the wind wreaked havoc inside Anfield, Liverpool simply refused to be blown off course. Lallana deservedly walked away clutching the man-of-the-match award after putting in a tireless shift. He set the tone with his pressing and gave Liverpool's midfield a much needed creative spark. Win at lowly Fulham next weekend - when City are preoccupied with FA Cup duty against Swansea - and Klopp's men will be top of the Premier League table for the international break. It's no longer in the Reds' hands. After three months as the hunted, they are now the hunter, but this title race is still very much alive and kicking. With eight games remaining, Liverpool aren't going quietly. They just need to keep taking care of their own business so that if City stumble they cash in. It promises to be a thrilling finale.
David Lynch, Evening Standard
The desire shown in creating Liverpool's second goal said everything about why the Reds' No20 is so loved by his manager, but there was so much else to admire about his showing. Lallana was a bundle of energy between the lines, showing the touch and vision that established him as a key man before an injury-hit 18 months. The 30-year-old still has plenty to offer. Mane's brace against Burnley stretched his goalscoring run at Anfield to six straight Premier League games. The Senegalese joined some esteemed company in achieving a feat that only Mohamed Salah, Luis Suarez, Fernando Torres and Michael Owen have previously managed.
Peter Staunton, Goal.com
Liverpool have added another option to their armoury with the return of the England playmaker as they seek to keep up the pressure on Man City. Lallana over the course of the last eight games can help bring another dimension to Liverpool's play. While his contributions on the ball were clever and creative at times against Burnley, it was when becoming the first line of the press that Lallana did his best work. No player regained possession more for Liverpool during Lallana's time on the field nor made more tackles and it was his brave interception off a Burnley clearance which helped put Sadio Mane in for the crucial second goal.
Jack Watson, Independent
Arriving timely on the scene was Lallana. He had been "exceptional" in training, said the Liverpool manager, and he carried his Melwood form straight onto the Anfield pitch in Liverpool's 4-2 win against Burnley. His passing was effortless and precise, but best of all for Klopp and Liverpool, he took some of the attention away from the front three and allowed them to attack Burnley with the power and pace that makes them so feared. He had a part to play in both early goals, creating Mane's strike with a block to set Liverpool through on goal, and a fine performance was acknowledged when the English midfielder was given a standing ovation as Keita replaced him in the 77th minute. Lallana's return to the side could hand the Reds a vital boost ahead of the crucial title run-in as they hunt down City in search of a first Premier League title.
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Adam Lallana returned to the Liverpool starting XI with a Man of the Match performance against Burnley on Sunday.
The No.20's energy on and off the ball was pivotal to the Reds overturning an early deficit to eventually succeed 4-2 at Anfield.
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The knowledge that Robert Lewandowski can punish any error will ensure Virgil van Dijk and the Liverpool defence are fully ready to stop him on Wednesday night.
The Reds take on Bayern Munich in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie, which is delicately poised after a goalless stalemate at Anfield last month.
No player in the competition can match Lewandowski’s eight goals so far this season and Van Dijk, who returns from suspension for the game at Allianz Arena, is likely to come head-to-head with the Poland international.
“You need to be aware of the qualities of every striker you face, as I always am, but sometimes you need to be smart and more than 100 per cent ready for anything,” Liverpool’s No.4 told UEFA.com.
“If he’s trying to run at you, trying to get past you, you need to be ready for that as well. You don’t need to give any opportunities to those strikers because they will punish you and they will score.”
Victory or a score draw in Germany would take Liverpool back into the quarter-finals of a tournament they finished runners-up in last term.
Their ambitions in Europe sit parallel to their quest for Premier League glory at home, with each and every fixture carrying significance to those hopes.
But Van Dijk is relishing the intensity involved.
“There’s always pressure at a big club. I’d rather play with pressure than without,” the centre-back added.
“I’m very proud to play for all these fans, for the manager, with these fantastic players and to wear the shirt every game. To play with pressure is always a good thing. I like to play with pressure.”
It was a moment that Jürgen Klopp described as a ‘game-changer’ - and Adam Lallana has revealed the planning behind his goal-creating tackle against Burnley.
With the scoreline reading 1-1 at Anfield on Sunday after Roberto Firmino had equalised Ashley Westwood’s early opener, midfielder Lallana slid in to block Phil Bardsley’s attempted clearance around 25 yards from goal.
The ball duly cannoned off Liverpool’s No.20 and back into the danger area where, after Mohamed Salah had been denied by a desperate last-ditch challenge, Sadio Mane was free to curl home and put the Reds ahead in the 29th minute.
Klopp’s side went on to beat the Clarets 4-2 thanks to second-half strikes by Firmino and Mane and, during his post-match press conference, the manager praised a ‘fantastic counter-pressing block’ that formed part of a Man of the Match-winning performance from Lallana.
“I just thought the ball was there to be won,” the England international told Liverpoolfc.com.
“The manager highlighted Millie doing it a couple of weeks ago against Watford I think, and sometimes those moments can just create an intensity and a feeling. The fans pick up on it and sometimes it can result in a goal, so happy days.”
Victory takes Liverpool to back within a single point of Premier League leaders Manchester City with eight games of the season left to play - and Lallana was satisfied to secure a crucial win.
He said: “Three points is obviously the main thing. At the end we made it a little bit nervy for ourselves by conceding, but [they were] tough conditions.
“No excuses, it’s the same for both teams, but I think both teams would rather it wasn’t blowing a gale out there. But considering we went 1-0 down early, I thought we responded well and were calm and showed good character. You’re not going to get everything your way at home and you might go behind. I thought we were calm and dealt with it really well.
“Burnley are fighting for every point, especially after the results yesterday. It’s so tight down the bottom. I thought they made it very difficult for us at times, especially the two boys up top who gave Joel and Virg a run for their money I thought. I’ve not seen many people do that at Anfield but, saying that, I thought we dealt with them well and contained them. It’s a big, big three points in the end.”
Klopp confirmed that Lallana’s inclusion in the Reds’ starting line-up was just reward for his fine work in training throughout the week, and the 30-year-old was delighted to play his part in an impressive team display that ensures the title race remains a nip-and-tuck affair.
“It’s been a tough 18 months to two years for me,” Lallana admitted.
“I’ve not been fit consistently for a while so it’s nice to have been fit for eight or nine weeks now and I just feel I can benefit off that rhythm.
“It was great to get a chance, but it’s not about individuals, it’s about us as a team taking it game by game and I’m sure it’s going to go down to the wire. It’s exciting for the neutral, nervy for the fans, but we’re just going to enjoy it.”