Wednesday, 20 March, 2019

Alisson: Liverpool won’t feel Van Dijk loss against Bayern

Xherdan Shaqiri Bayern Muenchen Bundesliga Arjen Robben names Liverpool's ground Anfield as his least favourite stadium to play in
Cassandra Castillo | 18 February, 2019, 13:53

Liverpool welcome Bayern Munich to Anfield on Tuesday night for the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.

Van Dijk has completed the full 90 minutes in all 26 of Liverpool's Premier League games this term.

Liverpool will be hoping to come out of the game with Bayern unscathed with a big game against Manchester United to come on Sunday.

"They were six times in a row champions of Germany, which is not easy, and they were one of the teams in the last 10 years who were pretty much all the time in the quarter-finals, semi-finals, final of the Champions League".

"He gives confidence to the players and makes many other players play better".

Liverpool's options without the world's most expensive defender Van Dijk are therefore limited, although Fabinho has filled in at centre-back and could partner Joel Matip at the back.

The Brazilian goalkeeper told Premier League Productions: "All the defenders have played so when one comes in and one leaves, we don't feel that loss because we're all used to each other".

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While the Reds are "confident", Klopp does face a selection dilemma at the back.

A daunting task now awaits 2018 runners-up Liverpool as they must overcome Bayern over two legs to progress.

Hamman played 143 times for Bayern and made 283 appearances for the Reds, with one season at Newcastle United to separate them.

However, while Lewandowski, the in-form Kingsley Coman and the creativity of James Rodriguez and Leon Goretzka could post plenty problems for Liverpool's undermanned defence, it is at the other end Bayern could also be exposed.

He also acknowledged that it was "the worst possible draw" for Bayern when the fixture was announced.

Liverpool were Champions League finalists last season, losing 3-1 to Real Madrid in Kiev.

Virgil Van Dijk is already ruled out of the game due to suspension and right now there are serious doubts over the fitness of Dejan Lovren.

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