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Three keys to a Liverpool victory over Bayern Munich

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Three keys to a Liverpool victory over Bayern Munich

The German champions will arrive on Merseyside this evening in what looks like being a quality Champions League tie.

Liverpool resume their Champions League campaign this evening when Bayern Munich arrive at Anfield.

The Reds will be hoping to go one better this season having lost out to Real Madrid in last year’s final.

Jurgen Klopp’s men face a Munich side who are without some of their stellar players through injury and suspension, although the game will still be a good test.

Klopp’s side were in devastating form on home soil during last season’s knockout games and the boss will hope for more of the same tonight.

Ahead of the game, we looked at three keys towards Liverpool securing a vital first-leg advantage…

Atmosphere

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It is fair to say that Anfield will be rocking this evening.

The Reds are 19 European games without defeat at Anfield and they will look to maintain such solidity this evening.

When Manchester City arrived on Merseyside for the quarter-final of the Champions League last season they crumbled under the pressure.

Pep Guardiola’s side found themselves 3-0 down after just 31 minutes and they never recovered.

Liverpool supporters will try and create a similar atmosphere this evening.

 

If the players can take full advantage, it could make for another special Champions League night under the Anfield lights.

Alexander-Arnold v Coman

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Liverpool’s 20-year-old right-back is expected to complete his return to full fitness by starting against Bayern this evening.

It is likely that he will come up against an in-form Kingsley Coman, with the BBC confirming that the winger is fit to play.

The flying winger has five goals in 15 appearances this season and the impact he has on the game could dictate who comes out on top.

Alexander-Arnold could have returned during an easier fixture, but he will undoubtedly be up for the challenge.

If the England international can keep Coman quiet, it could bode well for Liverpool securing a positive result.

Maintain principals

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Given the magnitude of the game and the fact that Liverpool are at home first, it would be easy for Klopp to go with a slightly more conservative style of play.

That could play into Bayern’s hands, however, and Klopp should stick to what he knows Liverpool are good at.

The Reds will have Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane spearheading the attack and Niko Kovac’s side won’t fancy being bombarded by those three.

If Liverpool stick to what they are good at then they can blow Bayern away with relative ease.

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