Jurgen Klopp warns Bayern Munich about Liverpool FC improvement

The Liverpool FC manager is confident his side will produce a better performance in Germany in the second leg next month

Jurgen Klopp
Liverpool FC boss Jurgen Klopp (Photo: New Balance)

Jurgen Klopp says he is confident that Liverpool FC can play better in the second leg of their Champions League clash at Bayern Munich next month.

The Merseyside outfit were held to a goalless draw in the opening fixture of their round of 16 clash at Anfield on Tuesday night.

Bayern have endured some defensive struggles this season but the Bundesliga outfit produced a proffesional performance to keep the Premier League title challengers at bay.

Having said that, Liverpool FC still had 15 attempts on goal but Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah were unable to find a clinical finish to break the deadlock.

The Reds were 5-0 winners against FC Porto in their away leg of their round of 16 tie last season.

Speaking at his post-match media conference at Anfield following the goalless stalemate, Klopp hinted that Liverpool FC would be better at the Allianz Arena.

Klopp said: “I would be really silly if I would have seen weaknesses and then I would say now, ‘Yes, they have problems at home.’

“They don’t have problems. We will see who is fit that night; for us that’s important and for them important. Bayern had a couple of problems [on Tuesday night], Goretzka I am pretty sure will play in that game and then maybe Arjen Robben is fit, so that can make a big difference with his experience. Maybe Ribery starts.

“There are a lot of things that can change, but we will get a player back at least [Virgil van Dijk] and we can play better than we did.

“This game is not decided. I don’t think there is any weak team – and for sure no team who are at home are weak. Bayern are not. It’s not decided. What we wanted tonight was to get a result that we can work with – and we can work with that result.

“As I said, it’s not decided and we still feel like we are properly in the competition, but we have to show that in three weeks.”

The two sides will meet in the second leg in Bavaria on 13 March.

Liverpool FC and Bayern Munich have both won the Champions League title five times.

The Reds haven’t lifted the European Cup since 2005 when Liverpool FC beat AC Milan on penalties after coming from 3-0 down.

The Merseyside outfit have lost to AC Milan and Real Madrid in subsequent Champions League finals.

Bayern’s last success came in a 2-1 win over Klopp’s Borussia Dortmund’s side at Wembley in 2013.

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