One of the most awaited games of the last 16 of the Champions League ended 0-0, but that does not mean that Liverpool and Bayern Munich did not live up to expectations. They did, but they made a match full of chances and emotions this afternoon at the temple, Anfield. The German side, who finished with more ball possession (53% to 47%), may have been a little surprised: Bayern did not give up playing at any time. Liverpool’s offensives, often so lethal and clinical, had a tough night in the Beatles land – though Neuer has been forced to work twice to take the advantage to Germany.
Unable to play with Virgil van Dijk and Lovren, Jürgen Klopp surprised to put Fabinho as a defender next to Matip on Tuesday. And the Brazilian had an extremely good performance, very safe and providential in some arrivals of Bayern Munich. Roberto Firmino, on the other hand, was below. The Virose that almost got him out of the game seems to have disrupted the striker, who participated, yes, numerous innings – some of them almost finished in goal, as in the crossing for Matip or in the pass for Keita, both in the first half. But that was not the Firmino we are used to seeing. Salah also owed.
However, let’s hope that this 0-0 draw is a sign of an emotional game in Munich, on the next March 13th. I hope Liverpool can go through.
The two teams return to the field at the end of the week with commitments for their national championships. On Saturday, Bayern Munich faces Hertha, as, On Sunday, it is Liverpool’s turn to face Manchester United at Old Trafford.