Wijnaldum: It's easier when Van Dijk is there

May JohnsonFeb 21, 2019

A 0-0 draw isn't a bad result by any means - not conceding an away goal is, of course, a huge positive - but Klopp will have gone into the game hoping for a victory.

Fabinho should take van Dijk's place at the heart of the Liverpool defence against Bayern Munich, with Joel Matip being his partner. Bolstered by that record, Niko Kovač's men will be confident of progress in front of their own fans, even against a Liverpool side that scored nine goals on their knockout travels last term.

Bayern replied seconds later, as Serge Gnabry left Andrew Robertson for dead to pick out Robert Lewandowski, who was denied by the on-rushing Alisson Becker.

"I am pretty sure that Bayern in this moment feels a bit better than we do", he said. "It wasn't a Champions League night from that point of view".

"These things happen, especially in big games, so it's about trying to have a wee bit of composure and that's probably what we lacked in the first half".

This will be just the second season in which these two teams have met in UEFA competition, their only previous run-ins having come during the 1980-81 European Cup semi-finals.

Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer preserved the clean sheet in the 85th by tipping Mane's diving header tipped around the post.

Although normally a midfielder, Fabinho is expected to play in defence to cover for the suspended Virgil van Dijk suspended.

"Liverpool are a really good side".

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Setting out with a cautious game plan, Bayern, the last German club to win the tournament in 2013, didn't have a shot on target for over 80 minutes.

"So as a neutral I was thinking "it will be a good thing if Liverpool win the title" and it was looking as if Liverpool were going to win the title".

"That was a very hard game", Lewandowski said.

Shaqiri also missed that match with an abdominal issue but Klopp says he is now close to full fitness. Liverpool are a very unsafe team.

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Ultimately, Bayern stifled Liverpool and they were the prime reason that we couldn't find ourselves a goal. It is not a game we will remember in 30 years.

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

After a performance like that, it will be hard for Klopp to replace Henderson, who will be fired up once again for the huge clash this weekend against Manchester United at Old Trafford in the Premier League.

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