Liverpool legend and former-Bayern-Munich-midfielder-if-we-want-to-be-completely-accurate-I-guess, Dietmar Hamann, believes Bayern may have more cause for concern as they head to Anfield this Tuesday.
“It was the draw Bayern didn’t want,” Hamann told James Pearce at the Liverpool Echo. “Getting Liverpool was probably the hardest one out of the hat in terms of facing one of the second-placed teams.
“Liverpool have been going strong in the Premier League. They had a couple of average games after the turn of the year, but they came back to form against Bournemouth
“On the other hand, you have a team in Bayern Munich who are very fragile at the moment. Even when they do control games they give away a lot of chances and goals.”
“With the defence they [Bayern] have got at the moment, I’m not sure they can play an expansive game against a side with Liverpool’s quality and pace going forward.”
Of course, Liverpool aren’t exactly at full strength right now. Beyond the injured Gomez and Lovren, van Dijk will also be out for the first leg after picking up three yellow cards during the Champions League group stages. Hamann believes that his absence will be one of Bayern’s only opportunities to advance.
“I think if Bayern want to have a chance in the second leg they need to score and they must not lose at Anfield,” he said. “With van Dijk back, I’m not sure whether Bayern have the capability to put three or four past Liverpool in the second leg.”
Reassuring words from the German footballer. Here’s hoping Liverpool can live up to it.