Gary Lineker states his prediction for Liverpool FC v Bayern Munich
The Spurs legend is backing Liverpool FC to beat Bayern Munich over two legs and progress to the Champions League quarter-finals
Gary Lineker says Liverpool FC are slight favourites to make the Champions League last eight ahead of their clash against Bayern Munich on Tuesday night.
The Merseyside outfit will welcome the Bundesliga giants to Anfield for the first leg of their round of 16 clash after a nine-day break.
Liverpool FC were 3-0 winners against Bournemouth earlier this month to make a return to winning ways in the Premier League after successive 1-1 stalemates.
Jurgen Klopp’s side booked their place in the Champions League knockout stage after Liverpool FC beat Napoli in their final group-stage fixture to finish in second place behind Paris Saint-Germain.
The Reds lost 3-1 to Real Madrid in the European Cup final in Kiev last season following victories over FC Porto, Manchester City and AS Roma in the knockout stage.
Bayern, on the other hand, have lost at the semi-final stage in four of the past five campaigns, including last year’s last-four defeat by Real Madrid.
Former Spurs forward Lineker is backing Liverpool FC to ease past Bayern over two legs to reach the Champions League quarter-finals for the second successive season.
“Bayern have not had a great season,” Lineker told iNews.
“They are going through a transitional phase but still have lots of great players with bags of experience. It’s Bayern Munich, one of the biggest clubs in European football so it will still be a tough nut to crack.
“Liverpool are a really good side. They might have gone off the boil these past couple of weeks but that can change quickly.
“I think they would have preferred to have the second leg at home but as they showed last season against a couple of teams, Roma and Manchester City for example, they just blasted early on. That’s what they will look to do against Munich. I make Liverpool slight favourites and would fancy them to go through.”
Liverpool FC were 3-2 winners against Bayern Munich in their last meeting in the Uefa Super Cup final in 2001.
Goals from Michael Owen, Emile Heskey and John Arne Riise sealed a thrilling win in the meeting in Monaco.
Three of their five meetings have ended in stalemates.