Current form: Bayern vs Liverpool
Bayern have now overtaken Borussia Dortmund in the race for the Bundesliga title. At the end of last year, die Schwarzgelben were nearly ten points ahead of die Roten, and it seemed like finally, someone other than Bayern were looking set to actually end the one-horse race in Germany. However, since the start of 2019, Dortmund have been slipping up left and right, which has allowed the Bavarian titans to force their way back into contention and now they have surged back up the table to rise into top spot, ahead of Dortmund on goal difference.
It’s a great outcome for Bayern fans, but a disappointing one certainly for Dortmund supporters and Bundesliga neutrals, who were hoping to see some surprises in the league this time around. However, Bayern’s focus is to finally get their hands on the Champions League, which has eluded them since 2013, and Niko Kovac would naturally do wonders to alleviate some of the pressure on him should he manage to lead die Roten to European glory this season.
They will face a tough task, though, as they will be taking on Liverpool at the Allianz Arena, and the Reds are led by none other than Jurgen Klopp, who was in charge of that Dortmund side who lost 2-1 in the 2013 Champions League final to Bayern six years ago.
Liverpool, meanwhile, sit in second spot in the league after also slipping up in recent weeks, and now are one point behind Manchester City. The Reds come into this game having beaten Burnley over the weekend and will be hoping that their excellent historical record against Bayern (they have lost just one of their last eight meetings with die Roten in European competition) will be enough to see them through to the quarter-finals.
Match Facts and Stats: Bayern vs Liverpool
- Bayern Munich have won only one of their eight matches in European competition against Liverpool (D5 L2)
- Die Roten have only failed to score once in their last 26 Champions League home games
- Liverpool have lost their last four away games in the Champions League
- Liverpool and Bayern Munich’s only prior in the European Cup/Champions League before this season was in the 1980/81 semis
- Jurgen Klopp’s record at the Allianz Arena: W4 D1 L9
- Both Bayern and Liverpool have 5 UCL titles to their name (Liverpool’s last win was in 2005; Bayern’s last win was in 2013)
- Bayern’s round of 16 record is W11 L3
- The Bavarians’ record in two-legged ties against English clubs is W10 L5
- Bayern have won all but two of the 23 UEFA ties in which they drew the first leg away from home
- The Reds are unbeaten in their last seven UEFA Champions League round of 16 matches (W5 D2)
- Liverpool are unbeaten in four games in Germany (W2 D2), and have a record of W3 D9 L5 against Bundesliga sides
Team news: Bayern vs Liverpool
Bayern: Both Joshua Kimmich and Thomas Muller are suspended for this match. Corentin Tolisso is out with an injury, while Arjen Robben, who has consistently struggled with injuries for years, is a major doubt due to yet another fitness problem. However, both David Alaba and Kingsley Coman have reportedly recovered and could feature in some capacity here.
Liverpool: Joe Gomez, Dejan Lovren, and Naby Keita are all out with injuries, but Andy Robertson will have to be very careful here as another booking could see him miss the quarter-finals if Liverpool beat Bayern tonight. James Milner and Trent Alexander-Arnold have been also included in the squad after the former missed Liverpool’s clash against Burnley due to a muscle problem and the latter was subbed off as a a precaution with this crunch European tie in mind.
TV Channels and Broadcasts: Bayern vs Liverpool
In the USA, tune into Bayern vs Liverpool on SiriusXM FC, TNT USA, Galavision, Watch TNT, Univision Deportes En Vivo, and B/R Live.
Can’t make it to the Allianz Arena? Bayern fans can cheer on the team Sky Sport UHD, Sky Sport 2/HD, Sky Go, and SRF zwei.
Liverpool fans can support the Reds on in the UK BT Sport Live, BT Sport 2, TalkSport Radio UK, BT Sport 4K UHD, and BBC Radio 5 Live.