Jurgen Klopp warns Liverpool FC about ‘quality’ Bayern Munich
The Liverpool FC manager reveals that he has watched Bayern Munich a lot this season ahead of their last-16 clash
Jurgen Klopp has warned Liverpool FC to be prepared to face a “quality” Bayern Munich team at Anfield on Tuesday night.
The Bundesliga giants will make the trip to Merseyside outfit for the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 clash.
Bayern have endured a difficult season in the Bundesliga but the defending champions have managed to reduce Borussia Dortmund’s lead at the top of the table in recent weeks.
The Allianz Arena side are a mere two points behind Dortmund following a 3-2 victory over Augsburg, although Dortmund have played one game less than their title rivals.
The Liverpool FC manager is no stranger to facing Bayern after seven seasons in charge of their bitter rivals Dortmund.
Bayern were 2-1 winners against Dortmund in the Champions League final at Wembley in 2013.
Klopp revealed that he has watched a lot of Bayern’s games this season.
“Our first meetings we had already [in Spain]. With Bayern it is a bit different, of course over the years I have watched a lot of Bayern games and this season as well, five or six,” Klopp told Liverpool FC’s website.
“You watch always the results and goals, but full games it’s different. [I’ve watched] five or six and now we have the more detailed analysis, and it’s just quality. It’s a mix of quality and experience.
“They were six times in a row champions of Germany, which is not easy, and they were one of the teams in the last 10 years who were pretty much all the time in the quarter-finals, semi-finals, final of the Champions League.
“These players are still all there, with a few nice add-ons: Goretzka, Gnabry, Coman. They have different roles in the team but they are all still there and it’s just a really good football team. They had a little dip form-wise in the league when Dortmund played outstanding football, so that’s why there was a gap.
“They play still in Munich against each other so it’s nothing, and becoming seventh-time-in-a-row champions is possible. That says everything about their quality.”
The Liverpool FC boss added that Bayern have changed their style of football under Niko Kovac in his first season at the Allianz Arena.
“The style of play changed. If you are a Pep Guardiola team or a Jupp Heynckes team or now a Niko Kovac team, of course that changes [and] it’s different, but we have to adapt to that,” Klopp added.
“It’s quality in all departments actually and we have to admit that because it’s a fact, but the good thing is that we are good as well, we know that. But we don’t go into the game as a favourite or whatever.”
Liverpool FC have reached two finals in Europe since Klopp took over the reins in October 2015.
The Reds lost 3-1 to Sevilla in the Europa League final in 2016 before a 3-1 defeat by Real Madrid in last season’s Champions League showpiece.