CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Bayern Munich vs Liverpool preview

Liverpool face Bayern Munich in the second-leg of the Champions League round of 16 tonight, with the winner progressing through to the quarter finals.

The first leg ended 0-0 in Anfield, meaning the result could swing either way in the Allianz Arena.

Liverpool were without Virgil Van Dijk in the first leg, and his presence amongst the back four will be crucial to keeping out the lethal attacking threat Bayern possess.

Robert Lewandowski, James Rodriguez, Kingsley Coman and Serge Gnabry rarely threatened, but at home this will be a different story, and there’s sure to be 75,000 fans backing them tonight.

Naby Keita is out of Jurgen Klopp’s selection due to injury, which shouldn’t affect Liverpool too much but his experience playing in the Bundesliga could’ve been influential on the pitch.

Meanwhile Bayern are without Corentin Tolisso, Joshua Kimmich and freshly-ostracised Thomas Muller, through injury and suspensions respectively.

If Bayern hope to progress, they will have to try and get the best out of Polish talisman Robert Lewandowski, as he has scored 53% of Bayerns’s goals in the Champions League this season, and is the competitions top-scorer.

All three of the other English sides have already progressed through to the quarter-finals, with Tottenham beating Borussia Dortmund 4-0 on aggregate, Manchester City demolishing Schalke 7-0, and Manchester United’s remarkable comeback against one of the favourites in Paris Saint Germain.

Elsewhere, Barcelona face Lyon tonight at the Nou Camp tonight, and their goal-less first leg means the tie is wide open, but Barcelona are still favourites to progress.

Should Liverpool progress, it will be the first time there have been four English teams in the quarter finals since the 2008-09 season, where the Reds were joined by Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool.

Earlier on, our sports reports Chad Wrenn and Luke McNulty produced a Champions League round-up, which you can watch here or by clicking below.

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