20 min: Keita tries to put Liverpool back to the attack once again, making passes forward, breaking the lines. He ends up on the edge of Bayern's court, taking turns with Salah to cheat on his back. Finally, Keita raises the ball and tries an ambitious shot over the head, which bounces harmlessly to the right for a shot on goal. But full of ambition.
18 min: I do not know how Liverpool's goal is still intact. Alisson's footwork was not too good; Matip looks at a bag of nerves. Anfield reacts accordingly, Bayern fans now making all the noise.
16 min: Salah, on the right, slips a ball inside for Keita, who transmits it to Mane. Mane dribbles hard in the box, but strikes very far to the left. Bayern goes directly to the other end of the field and once again, Lewandowski closes Alisson, who passes by Matip. Matip then tries a blow so weak and is stripped by Coman, who shoots a shot into the side gate from a tight position on the left.
14 min: Gnabry rips right. Lewand meets his low and effervescent center … wait, no, it's Matip, who slice hard towards his own goal at close range. Alisson is exactly in the right place and the ball hits him. Not sure that he knows anything about it. A great stroke of luck for Liverpool. An intense pinball game in the area follows. Liverpool finally cleared their lines.
12 min: Thiago cuts the heel of Wijnaldum while he dribbles on the right. Free kick, to be taken by Alexander-Arnlold. The Hummels clear the head. But Liverpool returns, and Henderson, just to the left of the center circle, throws a ball in the center and finds Salah in the zone! He is ahead of Sule and pulls out a telescopic boot in the hope of guiding the ball down the left. But he can not get enough and it's an easy claim for Neuer.
10 minutes: Place for Gnabry on the right. He plunges a cross into the box. Alisson punches, but Fabinho takes the road and introduces himself instead. No harm to do, but Fabinho holds a raised hand to apologize to his guardian. Some communication problems at the beginning Virgil van Dijk may be missing in Liverpool.
8 min: Bayern starts to pick the ball. They do not do much with that, but it's not really the goal. They calmed Anfield down considerably, their first task successfully completed.
6 min: Coman dribbles to the left and almost into Liverpool's penalty area. The ball flew away from him and Henderson should clear, but the Liverpool midfielder will blast the ball in Coman's face. For a second, the bounce seems to have been right Lewandowski, but the flag goes to bat against Coman, which seems a little generous to the hosts.
5 min: Sule and Hummels hit the ball in the back with style. Memories of Hansen and Lawrenson, though the crowd makes this tribute special. Neuer then puts a pass in contact, but this indiscretion does not cause any problems in Bayern.
3 min: Liverpool presses hard but Neuer is calm under pressure with the ball at his feet. The game goes to the other end, and it's Alisson's turn to show his talents, finding Wijnaldum in the middle of the park with a threaded pass. Both teams are looking well to go from the front.
2 min: Liverpool spends the first 60 seconds stroking the ball. In the 61st, Lewandowski intercepts and is overthrown by Matip. Nothing comes from the free kick, in the central circle, but Matip will have to be much quieter to survive unhindered tonight.
And we left! Liverpool started the party; Bayern will be heading to Kop in this first half. A huge roar. "Since it's completely the wrong color, would you go so far as to say that Liverpool's is not a German pennant?" Richard McGee, ladies and gentlemen, because it took someone to do it at some point.
The teams are outside! This is a typical Anfield European Night ™, with two groups of fans helping to create a wonderful pre-match atmosphere. A chorus of "Never Never Walk Alone" covers the official anthem of the Champions League. Liverpool being in his famous red kit, Bayern is forced to choose his second choice light green. Let's remember that VAR is working tonight and constantly checking for obvious and obvious errors related to the following four situations: goals, incidents in the penalty area, red cards and misidentification. We will be released once the coins are thrown and the pennants exchanged!
Jurgen Klopp, a cheerful man, addresses BT Sport before the shock of his 2013 enemy. "It was not a spirit game, but Dejan has no chance to play in today's game, I do not think he has a chance to play the next game. So it was clear that Fabinho had to play tonight. Bobby was positive yesterday but he was not well; today he is well. The further you go, the stronger your opponents become, even if we have already faced strong opponents. Tonight we will face a real opponent. They also have problems, so that's how we should always make the most of what we have. It will be a difficult match for both teams!
"tenth March 1971, Fairs Cup, 4th round, 1st stage, Liverpool 3 Bayern Munich 0 (Alun Evans Hat Trick), " wrote TG. A reference to an equality omitted in the preamble of this BPM. Yes, Liverpool and Bayern have only met five times in UEFA competition … but I did not mention their first-leg match in the quarter-finals of the old Fairs Cup in 1971, a tournament outside the control of the At the time. So, we are right. TG covered the first leg; the second was 1-1, Ian Ross and Edgar Schneider with goals. Liverpool then lost to eventual winners Leeds in the semifinals. Winger John McLaughlin played in both quarterfinal games with the Reds, a fact that I simply raise to excuse the crowbar in that melodic pugilist flush from his guitarist counterpart.
Pennant watch. Liverpool will offer Bayern this number well padded. Let's hope that captain Jordan Henderson will not hold him too close to the chest before putting it back, otherwise the scorching spot does not quite match the red of the jersey.
Let's hope that Manuel Neuer also keeps his commemorative trinket away from his headscarf. The pennant and shirt look charming in their own way, but they are very much in business for themselves. A quick exchange before the kickoff to avoid conflict, and everyone is happy.
As expected, Dejan Lovren could not recover from his injury and so sits with the suspended Virgil van Dijk in the stands. Liverpool names Joel Matip and Fabinho in the heart of their defense, while welcoming Trent Alexander-Arnold and his captain Jordan Henderson. Roberto Firmino was suffering from a virus, but he is better now and can begin.
With regard to Bayern: they are just making a change to the team that has fallen behind twice in Augsburg last Friday, and then recovering from a 3-2 win that has narrowed the gap on Borussia Dortmund to top of the Bundesliga. Javi Martinez returns, taking the place of the wounded Leon Goretzka.
Liverpool: Alison, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Fabinho, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Keita, Mane, Salah, Firmino.
Subs: Mignolet, Milner, Sturridge, Moreno, Lallana, Shaqiri, Origi.
Bayern Munich: Neuer, Kimmich, Sule, Hummels, Alaba, Thiago, Martinez, James Rodriguez, Gnabry, Lewandowski, Coman.
Subs: Ulreich, Ribery, Rafinha, Davies, May, Sanches, Shabani.
Arbitrator: Gianluca Rocchi (Italy).
Liverpool and Bayern Munich have ten European Cups between them. So it's a little surprising, given their rich history on the continent, to have met only once in the competition of leading clubs in Europe. It was a semifinal clash in 1981, Liverpool winning away goals thanks to Ray Kennedy's typing, a typically clinical, cute and clever end of a quiet genius.
Apart, the clubs have played only three other competitive UEFA matches. Bayern came in first in the 1972 Cup Winners' Cup semifinal, Gerd Müller (2) and Uli Hoeness inflicting the damage in a 3-1 victory in Munich, Alun Evans scoring Liverpool's consolation. John Arne Riise, Emile Heskey and Michael Owen then placed Gerard Houllier's team in third place, which allowed him to delay Bayern's return by Hasan Salihamidzic and Carsten Jancker.
So, here is a strange historical quirk. The two games played at Anfield – in the aforementioned double-heads of 1972 and 1981 – ended without a goal. This trend is likely to end tonight, with neither team looking particularly solid at the back. Liverpool misses the suspended Virgil van Dijk, as well as the wounded Joe Gomez and Dejan Lovren; they will probably depend on the combination of fortune of Joel Matip and Fabinho. Bayern have had an unusual run, conceding eight goals in their last four games. But what offense: 20 goals in the last seven games, eight more than Liverpool have managed on a similar course.
Goals then? Yes, please! Whether you can! They are the winners of 1977, 1978, 1981, 1984 and 2005 against the champions of 1974, 1975, 1976, 2001 and 2013. It is a battle for a place in the quarters of 2019! It's on!