Liverpool 0 - 0 Fc Bayern Munchen: "Full Match Results Ending With No Goal At Anfield"

Liverpool Vs Fc Bayern Munchen

Just like when these sides met 38 years ago, Liverpool will have to earn a famous result in Munich to retain their Champions League dream.
Bayern replicated the first leg goalless draw from the German champions' last visit to Anfield in 1981, although the modern incarnation will know better to take victory for granted in the same as that inspired by Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. They have waited a long time for their chance to avenge their eventual exit and Jurgen Klopp may take comfort in historic omens. Liverpool went on to lift the trophy after their Munich triumph.

This game did not live up to its billing. It was messy and unfulfilling, the Italian referee far too prominent to facilitate a reconstruction of the Dortmund v Bayern epics Klopp was accustomed too in his Bundesliga years.
By the end, both seemed reasonably content with the draw, Liverpool consoled by the clean sheet – the absence of an away goal potentially critical. With Virgil Van Dijk’s presence sorely missed – more so in an uneasy first half – this may yet represent a missed opportunity for Bayern coach Niko Kovac.

That will not mask the disappointment that Liverpool did not function as usual on the European stage, the much-maligned Bayern defence coping.
Perhaps it was the mutual respect that made it so stifling. Even the supporters were applauding each other, a Bayern banner protesting ticket prices provoking one of the most raucous cheers.

Despite his protestations, it is hard to accept there was not extra meaning in the fixture for Klopp.
The foes were too familiar, in the case of former Borussia Dortmund allies Mats Hummels and Robert Lewandowski the friendships too secure.

There was time in his Liverpool career Klopp would have been less enthusiastic about facing Bayern – particularly in those early months when he was still forming his team and relying on the emotion of European nights as much as technical excellence of his players.
Now it is the combustible combination of both that has inspired impressive runs – lest we forget every time Klopp has led Liverpool into a European competition they have reached the final.
Even without the suspended Virgil Van Dijk, Klopp sounded like he was relishing this opportunity to show compatriots the fruits of his labour - his message of Liverpool being competitors again a warning, not an idle boast.

But Klopp was wise to caution against suggestions Bayern are a fading force. They were too canny, too experienced to fall into the traps set by those who have recently arrived here with backs stiffened, ridiculing the power of the stadium, only to depart with pride and ambitions destroyed.
The German champions sought to sedate with compliments.

 For the first time, Klopp had no need for a rally cry, Bayern’s players lining up to pay tribute to the power of the Kop. All part of the plan. Bob Paisley, the manger who guided Liverpool to a triumph when these teams last met in the competition in 1981, used to call it ‘giving the opposition a bit of toffee’. Bayern were here for the result, not a stadium tour.
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