Published: Mon, February 18, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Suspended Van Dijk leaves gaping hole in Liverpool defence for Bayern visit

Suspended Van Dijk leaves gaping hole in Liverpool defence for Bayern visit

Liverpool's current Champions League form is sightly suss and included a loss to Red Star Belgrade that almost derailed their attempt to make the final for a second year in a row.

His time in charge of Borussia Dortmund meant Klopp steadily built up a real and regular rivalry with Bayern, and his assessment is that Liverpool face an enormous challenge if they want to progress to the last eight of the Champions League. "In one or two games they could really live up to it and perform; just not the whole season, which was maybe too much".

Missing the £75 million man is a big enough blow, but Liverpool will also be without Joe Gomez and most likely Dejan Lovren through injury.

"There was never any negative thing for Bayern, but when we played each other and when they bought our players, how can I be happy and say 'yes, great idea?'"

"After being six years the dominator of the league, it was clear this year would be different", said Klopp.

"But we thought it makes sense we don't leave our last row alone defending against Bayern; [so] it all depends how we defend in general".

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"It's hard for me to answer the question but for all Liverpool fans it's the Premier League".

Bayern Munich have won only one of their seven matches in European competition against Liverpool (D4 L2).

"Now I think it changed and they developed really well".

Hamann became a fans favourite during his time at Liverpool and after over 200 games for the Reds he moved to Bolton and then to Manchester City in 2006.

He was at Anfield for Champions League semi-final defeats in both the 2004/05 and 2006/07 season.

The Brazil worldwide came up against Bayern eight times during his four years with Hoffenheim, finding himself on the losing side six times. Bayern are well-drilled but at the back you can get at them and Liverpool's front three are a handful for anybody.

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