Barnes unhappy with 'negative' Liverpool fans who criticised draw

If Firmino is unavailable, Daniel Sturridge could get a rare start, while Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane are automatic selections.

Despite the tactical display from Niko Kovac and his Bayern Munich team, Ferdinand still believes Liverpool have enough to progress through to the next round of the Champions League.

What is great about this, is that before we face Bayern again, we will have played a further four Premier League games, we will have navigated our two perceived toughest remaining away days, at Manchester United and Everton, although, Rafa is going to give us a massive test at St James' Park too.

We were a bit lethargic during the group stages, losing all three of our away ties and now we have begun the knockout stage with a goalless stalemate, against a "safety first" Bayern Munich.

In a meeting of teams who have each lifted the European Cup five times and are second in their domestic leagues, there was little quality in front of goal.

Jurgen Klopp's side are marginal favourites with the bookmakers but they will be missing key players in the home leg, most notably Virgil van Dijk in defence.

The second leg at the Allianz Arena is on Wednesday 13 March at 8pm.

"One thing I didn't really expect was for Liverpool not to score", Durham said of the Bayern clash.

Despite an even share of possession, Liverpool's two shots on target were the only ones recorded in the entire match.

'They've defended well, the professionalism, the experience they've used in keeping the full backs back, this manager has played a masterclass, ' he said.

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

"We came up against a very experienced team, a team that has been there and done it for six or seven years now", the Liverpool defender said.

But Firmino joined his team-mates as they arrived at Anfield today in readiness for a mouth-watering game against the German giants, raising hopes that he will be fit to start.

"The Champions League might be a welcome release in a way, to have a blast, which they certainly did last season".

Do you have a life-changing story you would like us to publish? "It was not a game we will remember in 20 years".

Liverpool didn't relent and pushed continuously, but on countless time they were met with a stubborn defence who stood their ground.

The Senegalese put the best chance of the game wide when faced with only Neuer to beat and then shot an acrobatic effort well wide of goal just minutes later.


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