Bayern Munich and Liverpool have everything to play for in the return leg of their Champions League last-16 tie after playing out a goalless draw in the first one
The Bavarians have dodged a bullet at Anfield, but the fact the Reds have managed to preserve a clean slate could be an advantage for Jurgen Klopp’s players ahead of their trip to the Allianz Arena.
A match in Germany could be a potential season-changer for the Merseysiders considering they’ve already allowed Manchester City to take command in the Premier League.
On the eve of their most significant game of the season, Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has urged his teammates to improve their away performances, especially ones in the Champions League.
“It is going to be an exciting tie,” he said.
“They played very well here, kept it tight especially at the back and obviously showed us a lot of respect. They changed a bit the way they played I think, so we need to be up for a big fight because they are probably going to come all in, especially in the beginning.
“It is going to be tough, and we need to do better than we did in the last away games in the Champions League.”
The Reds have lost all three of their Champions League road clashes during the group stage, scoring just one goal in the process.
Therefore, the former Southampton defender wants to see his fellow Liverpool colleagues stepping up their game against the reigning Bundesliga holders.
“The group stage games were not as good as we wanted, but we got through to the knockout phase. Now we have a 0-0, and we want to do everything that is possible to get through.
“We know it is going to be a very hard and tough game.”