Michael Owen states his prediction for Liverpool FC v Bayern Munich
The Liverpool FC legend is tipping Jurgen Klopp's side to beat Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Tuesday night
Michael Owen is backing Liverpool FC to beat Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 clash on Tuesday night.
The Merseyside outfit will welcome the Bundesliga champions to Anfield in pursuit of a second successive victory in all competitions.
Liverpool FC haven’t lost a European fixture at Anfield in their last 19 outings, including a 3-1 win against Paris Saint-Germain and 1-0 victory over Napoli in the group stage.
Bayern Munich lost 3-2 to Liverpool FC in the Uefa Super Cup final in the last competitive meeting between these two clubs.
Jurgen Klopp managed to guide Borussia Dortmund to back-to-back Bundesliga titles in 2011 and 2012 after his side finished above Bayern.
However, the Allianz Arena outfit got their revenge when Bayern were 2-1 winners against Dortmund in the Champions League final in 2013.
Former Liverpool FC striker Owen is tipping the Reds to secure a narrow lead ahead of the return trip to Germany.
“Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 19 home European ties and they meet a Bayern Munich side who have never scored a goal in their three previous visits to Anfield,” Owen told BetVictor.
“The Reds must do without the suspended Virgil van Dijk, but they have had 10 days to prepare without their defensive lynchpin for the visit of the Bavarians and I would be surprised if they didn’t take a lead back to Germany next month.
“Bayern had a poor start to their Bundesliga campaign but have won nine out of their last ten league games. They continue to offer up opportunities, however, and were, arguably, fortunate to top their group with Ajax the better side in the two drawn meetings between the sides in the Group stages.
“Jurgen Klopp will know all about Bayern of course and I feel he will improve on his current record of nine wins from 29 previous games (L16 D4) against Munich. Bayern may well score at Anfield, but I feel Liverpool will take at least a two-goal lead into the second leg.”
Liverpool FC and Bayern have both won the European Cup five times.
The German side haven’t lifted the Champions League crown since their triumph over Klopp’s Dortmund side six seasons ago.
Liverpool FC’s last European triumph came in 2005 when the Reds came from 3-0 down to beat AC Milan on penalties.
The Merseyside outfit have lost to AC Milan and Real Madrid in 2007 and 2018.