Suspended Van Dijk leaves gaping hole in Liverpool defence for Bayern visit

Bayern Munich's Arjen Robben in action against Manchester City during the UEFA Champions League Group D match at the City of Manchester Stadium

Suspended Van Dijk leaves gaping hole in Liverpool defence for Bayern visit - The Jakarta Post

A Champions League night under the Anfield lights will be a hard proposition for Bayern and his prediction of a high-scoring encounter looks feasible.

Van Dijk is banned for the last 16, first leg on Tuesday after being booked three times as last season's finalists squeezed through the group stages by the narrowest of margins thanks to more goals scored than Napoli. "That's clear", the German manager said ahead of Liverpool's Champions League fixture against Bayern Munich.

Liverpool are undefeated in their previous four trips to Germany (W2 D2), although Klopp in particular knows that a visit to Munich is one of the toughest assignments in European football - only Real Madrid have beaten the Bavarians on home turf in the last two seasons. I have to be thankful to him because of what we did together at Dortmund.

'He put in some great tackles in the box but of course we've got Virg back for the next leg but Fab did the job we needed to do.

That change, Robertson said, was down to a minimising of errors from both sides.

Liverpool's away form in the Champions League this season has been poor, with three defeats from three, which is why a win at Anfield is seemingly essential if they are to progress to the quarter-finals. The Bavarians then go to bogey team Borussia Mönchengladbach (02/03) and entertain Wolfsburg (09/03) before Liverpool come calling (13/03).

'I don't know how often, maybe 10 to 12 times, there was a promising situation either a counter-attack or on the edge of the box but we immediately shot [the ball] into their legs.

It remains to be seen whether he will miss the clash, but this has sparked concerns Klopp could be without another of his key players. We'll need to score if we want to get into the next round. Both centre-half pairings had a lot of ball and played around. "They will also have respect for us. I think it is a very positive result for Liverpool".

"It was a pragmatic Bayern tonight, they weren't going to win that tie at Anfield, just because Liverpool were cut short at the back in terms of personnel, it wasn't going to be won tonight on this performance".

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