Dietmar Hamann states his prediction for Liverpool FC v Bayern Munich
Dietmar Hamman reveals his prediction for Liverpool FC v Bayern Munich in the Champions League
Dietmar Hamann believes that Bayern Munich must score at Anfield on Tuesday night if they want to progress past Liverpool FC in the last 16 of the Champions League.
The Reds are preparing to host the Bundesliga side on Merseyside this week as they look to claim a positive result and take a step closer towards the quarter-finals of Europe’s elite club competition.
Liverpool FC have been earning huge amounts of praise for their solid form in the Premier League this season, with Jurgen Klopp’s men currently second in the table and level on points with leaders Manchester City with a game in hand.
Bayern are currently second in the Bundesliga and two points behind leaders Dortmund after having won four of their last five games in the league.
However, Hamann feels that Liverpool FC are the stronger outfit heading into this week’s first leg and the German believes that Bayern will have to score on Tuesday to have any hope of reaching the quarter-finals.
Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, Hamann said: “I don’t think it’s necessarily a disadvantage for Liverpool to play at home first.
“If Bayern need to win at home I think it might be a step too far for them. I fancy Liverpool to score in Munich.
“With Van Dijk back, I’m not sure whether Bayern have the capability to put three or four past Liverpool in the second-leg.
“I think if Bayern want to have a chance in the second-leg they need to score and they must not lose at Anfield.
“They should be aiming for a result that means they don’t have to win at home. If they have to force the game against Liverpool with Van Dijk back and that front three playing on the counter-attack, we know the damage they can do.
“Bayern aren’t in great form but they are a hugely experienced side. They have some of the most decorated players in the history of German football with Champions League winners and World Cup winners.
“Bayern’s hope is that they raise their game for the big occasion but it was the draw they didn’t want.
“Getting Liverpool was probably the hardest one out of the hat in terms of facing one of the second placed teams.
“Liverpool have been going strong in the Premier League. They had a couple of average games after the turn of the year but they came back to form against Bournemouth.
“On the other hand, you have a team in Bayern Munich who are very fragile at the moment. Even when they do control games they give away a lot of chances and goals.”
Liverpool FC have had the weekend off to prepare for Tuesday night’s crunch clash.
The Reds are still aiming to win their first major trophy under Klopp since his appointment back in 2015.