Liverpool favourites against inconsistent Bayern, says Kimmich

Xherdan Shaqiri Bayern Muenchen Bundesliga

This means that going into the match, Joel Matip might be the only fit defender that Liverpool have amongst their ranks.

Lynchpin Virgil van Dijk is suspended for tomorrow's Champions League clash and youngster Joe Gomez is still recovering from surgery on a broken leg.

It's a major blow given how influential Van Dijk has been this season.

The right-back was on the bench for the Premier League win over Bournemouth on February 9, and may feature from the start against Bayern.

Shaqiri spent two-and-and-a-half years at Bayern before joining Inter Milan in a €15m deal in January 2015.

"Straightaway he was organising the defence, he was the leader at the back, and as time has gone on he is even more important", said former Liverpool captain Sami Hyypia.

The 27-year-old Switzerland worldwide moved on to Liverpool last summer and said he always hoped he would face Bayern in the Champions League. Liverpool's current Champions League form is sightly suss and included a loss to Red Star Belgrade that almost derailed their attempt to make the final for a second year in a row.

"It was an wonderful time (at Bayern)".

Bayern have been dominant in the Bundesliga since Klopp's Dortmund won back-to-back titles in 2011 and 2012, but are playing catch up in the title race to Lucien Favre's outfit this season.

"It was an awesome feeling to win so many trophies". They have different roles in the team but they are all still there and it's just a really good football team.

Hamann has based his praise on the back of a strong Premier League showing, and he's right to pull that out as something that puts the Reds in a good position going into the game.

Jurgen Klopp's side set up the Bayern tie by coming through a tough group that also included Paris Saint-Germain, Napoli and Red Star Belgrade.

A daunting task now awaits 2018 runners-up Liverpool as they must overcome Bayern over two legs to progress. I thought the referee's decision was very harsh.



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