Bayern Munich vs Liverpool
Today’s the day that either Bayern Munich or Liverpool will exit the Champions League.
The tie is on a knife-edge heading into Wednesday’s match at the Allianz Arena.
After drawing 0-0 in Anfield a fortnight ago, both clubs will believe they can progress through to the quarterfinals.
Bayern have scored five goals and six goals in their last two Bundesliga matches. Moreover, they are playing at home.
Yet Liverpool know that if they score once in Germany, Bayern will need to score twice to avoid going out on the away goals rule.
Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp vs Gary Neville
In the build up to this Champions League match, some have suggested that Liverpool would benefit from losing.
Locked in a title race with Man City, the narrative has been spun that Liverpool can’t compete on two fronts.
Former Man United defender Gary Neville has advocated for Liverpool to lose to Bayern if they hope to edge out City in the league. On his Sky Sports podcast, Neville said:
I’ve always thought that for Liverpool to win the league they have to have a clean fixture list.
I’m gonna say it. Go out against Bayern Munich.
That seems like madness. You can’t play to lose a game.
But actually I think it’ll be in Liverpool’s favour if they can have a clean run.
While Mohamed Salah this spoke announced his personal preference to win the Champions League over the Premier League.
👑 Mo Salah's dream = Champions League winner
🔴 Liverpool's dream = Premier League title
Salah is prepared to sacrifice his own dream for the sake of the fans… pic.twitter.com/Rpx5qd1m8s
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) March 12, 2019
Klopp’s swipe at ‘Man United pundit’ Neville
Yet, when the issue of playing on two fronts was posed to Jurgen Klopp, the Liverpool manager took a thinly veiled swipe at Gary Neville:
I don’t think any other coach in the world has to answer this question when he is playing in the Champions League. It only happens if you are the Liverpool manager and the pundits come from Manchester United.
Do we go in and play on one and a half legs or what?
It is so easy to sit in an office or a studio and talk about things like that. You do that and in that moment the same people go for you like mad, ‘You are disrespectful to the competition.’
That’s the reason why they don’t have a job on the sideline. No criticism, but it’s a big difference to be in charge or to talk about somebody in charge.
Don't bother asking Klopp about the impact of Champions League games on the Premier League title chase 👇 pic.twitter.com/jglKbsnAx8
— Goal (@goal) March 13, 2019