Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamman believes that Premier League giants Liverpool are facing German champions Bayern Munich at the wrong time ahead of their Champions League second leg last 16 clash at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday night.
Dietmar Hamman played for both Liverpool and Bayern Munich during an illustrious playing career.
The ex-German international star won the Champions League with Liverpool in 2005.
Dietmar Hamman was part of the Liverpool side that came from three goals down to beat Italian Serie A giants AC Milan on penalties in Istanbul after both teams played out a 3-3 draw.
He told the Liverpool Echo that Liverpool are facing Bayern Munich at the wrong time after the Bavarian giants secured the top spot on the German Bundesliga table with the 6-0 thrashing of VFL Wolfsburg in their league meeting at the weekend.
Bayern Munich are slight favourites ahead of the second leg after they battled to a goalless draw with the Reds at Anfield in their first leg meeting.
Liverpool prepared for the tough trip to Germany by beating Burnley 4-2 to keep their title hopes alive in the Premier League.
The Reds came from a goal down to beat the Clarets with two goals apiece from Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.
Liverpool Target Makes Decision On Bayern Future
Bayern Munich midfielder James Rodriguez has reportedly made a decision on his future at the club.
This is according to the report from trusted Spanish newspaper Marca which revealed that James Rodriguez does not see a future for himself at Bayern Munich.
James Rodriguez is on a two-year loan deal at German champions Bayern Munich having joined the Bavarian giants from Real Madrid at the start of last season.
It was revealed that James Rodriguez has decided not to stay at Bayern Munich despite the return of Zinedine Zidane to Real Madrid.
French football legend Zidane was in charge of the Real Madrid team when James Rodriguez was told that he’s surplus to requirements at the club and that prompted the Liverpool target to sign for Bayern Munich on a temporary deal.
Zidane has been reappointed as the Real Madrid manager just nine points after he resigned from the job.
Bayern Munich paid £11m for the two-year loan deal for James Rodriguez until this summer with an option to sign him permanently for £36m.
The Colombian international playmaker is said to be frustrated with the Bavarian giants’ failure to discuss a permanent transfer with him and he has already started weighing up his options.
James Rodriguez was previously linked with a move to the Premier League with clubs like Arsenal and Liverpool.
Kovac Admits Bayern Can’t Compete With Elites After Liverpool Defeat
Bayern Munich manager Niko Kovac has revealed that the Bavarian giants can’t compete with the spending power of other major European clubs.
The Croatian tactician was reacting to the Champions League elimination at the hands of Liverpool on Wednesday night during his pre-match press conference ahead of the league clash with Mainz 05.
According to him, Bayern Munich are struggling to stay in competition with the financial might of other major European clubs.
The German champions’ record transfer still remains the deal that took French midfielder Corentin Tolisso from Lyon to the club.
Bayern Munich were said to have paid around €40m for the French World Cup winner.
There was a marked difference between Bayern Munich and their conquerors Liverpool during the second leg of their Champions League last 16 tie.
Niko Kovac and Bayern Munich adopted a defensive approach against the Reds in the first leg and that earned them a goalless draw.
Bayern Munich then went on to lose the second leg 3-1 at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday night as Liverpool outclassed them on their own pitch.
Senegalese international Sadio mane is the form player for Liverpool at the moment and he scored a brace to lead the Reds into the quarterfinals.
Virgil Van Dijk got the other goal for Liverpool while the Bavarian giants’ lone goal came from a Joel Matip own goal.
Liverpool Secure Champions League Quarterfinal Berth With Bayern Win
Merseyside giants Liverpool have qualified for the last eight of the Champions League after they saw off Bayern Munich in their last 16 tie.
The Reds were slight underdogs going into their second leg clash at the Allianz Arena after a goalless draw from the first leg at their home ground (Anfield) but they were able to navigate the tie after producing one of their best performances this season.
Liverpool defeated Bayern 3-1 in front of their fans thereby advancing to the last eight of the competition via a 3-1 aggregate win.
Senegalese international Sadio Mane was the star man for the Merseysiders after he scored two goals against Bayern Munich.
Mane gave Liverpool a priceless away goal with the first of his two goals in the 26th minute only for the hosts to drag themselves level thirteen minutes later after Joel Matip put through his own net from a Serge Gnabry cross.
Liverpool went on to score two second-half goals through Virgil Van Dijk and Sadio Mane to secure their passage into the quarterfinals.
The Reds would be hoping that they can go one better than last year when they reached the final before they were beaten 3-1 by Spanish giants Real Madrid.
Lewandowski Slams Bayern Tactics In Champions League Tie vs Liverpool
Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski was highly critical of his side’s approach to their Champions League tie with Liverpool.
The Bavarian giants won’t add to their previous five titles in the competition after they were dumped out by the Reds.
After the second leg meeting between both sides on Wednesday night, Lewandowski told BeIN Sports that Bayern paid dearly for their poor tactics against the Reds.
The Polish international skipper questioned the tactics employed by Bayern Munich manager Niko Kovac in the first leg of their last 16 tie.
According to him, they should have attacked more in the first leg played at Anfield last month.
He further revealed that Bayern didn’t attack as much in the second leg.
Bayern Munich produced a rearguard performance in the first leg to secure a goalless draw but their inability to score an away goal against the Reds played a big part in the outcome of the tie.
The second leg didn’t go as planned for the Bavarian giants as it took Liverpool just 26 minutes to get an away goal.
Bayern got back into the tie briefly via a Joel Matip own goal thirteen minutes later before the Reds went on to score two second-half goals to seal a 3-1 aggregate win.
Liverpool Dealt Major Injury Blow In Bayern Win
The Champions League win over Bayern Munich came at a cost for Premier League giants Liverpool following the injury to skipper Jordan Henderson.
The Liverpool captain suffered a serious ankle injury during the game with the Bavarian giants at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday night.
England international Henderson was substituted as early as the 13th minute after sustaining the ankle problem.
He was replaced by Fabinho who was surprisingly left out of the starting XI.
Jurgen Klopp made just two changes from the side that saw off Burnley in their Premier League clash at the weekend.
In his post-match thoughts after his side’s 3-1 win over their hosts, Klopp confirmed that his captain sustained a serious ankle injury.
The English midfielder is almost certainly ruled out of the upcoming Premier League clash with struggling London outfit Fulham on Sunday afternoon.
Without Henderson, Liverpool were able to secure a quarterfinal spot in the Champions League by beating Bayern Munich 3-1 in the second leg of their last 16 tie.
The Bavarian giants were the favourites going into the game after both teams played goalless in the first leg at Anfield.
Liverpool were slight underdogs but they showed why only Real Madrid stopped them from winning the competition last season via a 3-1 loss in their final clash in May 2018.
Sadio Mane found the back of the net twice to lead the Reds to a 3-1 win.
Virgil Van Dijk scored the other goal for Liverpool while Bayern got their consolation through an own goal from Joel Matip.
Champions League: Liverpool Midfielder Misses Out Of Bayern Clash
Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita won’t be available for the Reds’ all-important second leg clash with Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
The Guinean international picked up an unspecified injury and he’s expected to sit out the Bayern game at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday night.
Naby Keita was not part of the 21-man Liverpool squad that made the journey to Germany.
Liverpool were boosted with the return of James Milner while right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold was passed fit to be a part of the squad for the Bayern game.
Ex-England international Milner missed the weekend’s 4-2 Premier League win over Burnley at Anfield with a slight injury.
Alexandre-Arnold picked up a shoulder problem from that Burnley game but he’s fit to play for the Reds in their quest to secure a quarterfinal place ahead of German champions Bayern Munich.
The Liverpool blow of missing Naby Keita has been softened by the return to full fitness of both James Milner and Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Naby Keita has struggled to make a positive impact at Liverpool since his transfer last summer.
The 24-year-old has struggled to secure a permanent spot in the Liverpool starting XI since his move from German Bundesliga club RB Leipzig at the start of the season.
Liverpool paid £53m to secure his signing from RB Leipzig last summer.
Champions League: Guardiola Backs Bayern Over Liverpool
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has thrown his weight behind German champions Bayern Munich ahead of their Champions League clash with Liverpool on Wednesday night.
Bayern host Liverpool at the Allianz Arena in the second leg of their Champions League last 16 tie.
The tie is in the balance after both teams played goalless in the first leg in February.
Guardiola backed Bayern over Liverpool due to his close ties with the Bavarian giants.
In his post-match thoughts after Manchester City booked their spot in the Champions League quarterfinals, Guardiola told reporters that he wants Bayern Munich to go through as he still has friends at the club.
Pep Guardiola was the Bayern Munich manager for three years between 2010 and 2013.
He led the Bavarian giants to three successive Bundesliga titles as well as three consecutive semifinal appearances in the Champions League.
Liverpool are slight underdogs against Bayern Munich ahead of their Champions League clash as they hope to make it a fourth English side in the Champions League by piping their German opponents to one of the two remaining quarterfinal spots up for grabs.
Manchester City became the third team to qualify for the last eight following their 10-2 aggregate win over Schalke 04.
They thrashed the Germans 7-0 in the second leg played at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday night.
Betting Preview: Bayern Munich vs Liverpool: Home Side Slight Favourites
German Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich are slight favourites ahead of their Champions League meeting with Liverpool at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday night.
Bayern Munich and Liverpool are two of three teams that have won Europe’s top tier competition five times alongside Spanish La Liga champions Barcelona.
The Bavarian giants will host Liverpool in the second leg clash billed for the Allianz Arena after both sides played out a goalless draw in the first leg of their last 16 tie in February.
Bayern Munich have won all their games since that draw against the Reds and they have been handed winning odds of 2.05 according to Bet365.
The Bavarian giants warmed up for the Champions League meeting with Liverpool with a thumping win over VFL Wolfsburg in their German Bundesliga clash on Saturday.
Bayern thrashed Wolfsburg 6-0 at home with the help of a brace from star striker Robert Lewandowski.
Liverpool and Bayern Munich have scored 21 goals between them since that first leg.
Odds of 2.00 are available for at least three goals according to Bet365.
Liverpool came close to winning the Champions League last year before the 3-1 defeat to Arsenal in the final and they would be hoping to go one better by winning the competition this season.
Odds of 3.30 for a Liverpool victory and odds of 3.60 for a stalemate between the two teams just like what was obtainable in the first leg.
Liverpool Must Improve Against Bayern
Liverpool have to improve against German champions Bayern Munich to have a chance of going through to the next round in the Champions League according to defender Virgil Van Dijk.
The Dutch international talked about the last 16 tie between Liverpool and Bayern Munich during a press conference on Monday.
Van Dijk also pointed out the importance of an away goal against the Bavarian giants at the Allianz Arena.
Bayern Munich will have to score two goals if the Reds manage to find the back of the net.
Former Southampton and Celtic defender Van Dijk missed the first meeting between the two teams last month and he’s expected to play a big part for the Reds when both sides meet again on Wednesday night.
Liverpool and Bayern Munich played out a goalless game in the first leg of their last 16 tie played at Anfield in February.
The Merseysiders warmed up for the all-important game with the German Bundesliga leaders by beating Burnley in a Premier League clash on Sunday afternoon.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp initially complained about fixture scheduling in the Premier League but his players were able to see off Burnley via a 4-2 win.
They had to come from behind to get the win that took them to within one point of league leaders Manchester City with one game left.
Bayern Munich take Arsenal out of the race for this important player
North London outfit Arsenal have longed been seeking for the signature of French Ligue 1 outfit Lille star Nicolas Pepe as efforts in the past, especially in the last January winter transfer window failed to yield any result.
The Gunners were short of funds and could not strike any major deal. They had wanted to wait until the coming summer transfer window to table an offer for him but that could be too late, according to reports.
It is reported that German Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich are now in pole position to secure the signature of the star player having already held talks with the club to inquire about his availability and fee.
The report therefore states that the Bundesliga outfit will be moving in to capture the Ivory Coast international in the coming summer window as they are already favourites ahead of Arsenal.
Nicolas Pepe is no doubt one of the hottest strikers in Europe at the moment with his impressive performance at the French Ligue 1. He is interesting Barcelona and Paris Saint Germain with both sides reported to be monitoring the situation at his club.
However, Arsenal had expected that Nicolas Pepe will come in as a perfect replacement for England international Danny Welbeck.
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