Liverpool head to the German capital with a big challenge facing them. Beating Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena is a big ask for any team, but the good news is that the away goal rule favours the Reds. In the first leg of the tie, both teams left Anfield empty-handed, though with the German giants feeling more confident. Now it’s take two, and Klopp’s men need to do better if they want to move onto the quarter-finals for the second consecutive year — or whether they’ll spectacularly bomb out like the other team who made it to last season’s final.
Klopp understands the importance of Wednesday’s match, and has pledged that his team will do anything it takes to go the distance in Munich.
“We first have to make sure who is ready for that physically. But of course, it’s brilliant,” he said.
“It’s a tough one. When we played the 0-0 here I said it, day by day the result would be better for us and a bit worse for Bayern. Now they have to change a lot and we have to play our game.
“But they are in a good moment, they won their last game 6-0 and are now top of the table again. But there’s no doubt about that – we’ll try everything to go to the quarter-finals.”
It will be interesting to see what his definition of everything is. Does it include starting from Bayern player Xherdan Shaqiri against his former club? Or reintroducing Dejan Lovren into the side after a long absence?
There’s only two days left before we see what Klopp has in mind for this match again Niko Kovac’s men, and if the Reds will march onto the next round of the Champions League.