Jurgen Klopp: No need for Liverpool to panic
- Author: Julie Sanders Feb 20, 2019,
Feb 20, 2019, 17:24
But after Tuesday night's game at Anfield, Bayern Munich walked away by far the happier side.
However, after Liverpool were stifled by Bayern's defensive masterclass, Klopp will head home to Germany for next month's second leg facing a tough task to get the upper hand at last. This was the first time since his arrival in the summer that his team really bought into his ideas and played like a Kovac side, with an underdogs' fighting spirit, selfless sacrifice and togetherness.
"Still at 50:50. If we do not win our home game, we will not get another chance", he said. It is still 50-50.
Babb has been left hugely impressed with Fabinho and despite knowing he can play as a centre-back, has backed him to become one of the world's best defensive midfielders. You'll see a more attacking side but we still must set bounds to Liverpool's attacking power.
Bayern Munich will be without suspended forward Thomas Muller and defender Jerome Boateng, who'll miss the game due to the stomach flu.
"We managed to slow down the pace of Liverpool". We wanted to stop the opponent from breaking free on a counter with their three pacey attackers. "It's not a game we will remember in 20 years but it's a result we have". We did not offer as many spaces as in the league. And even if [it did] we had the 10 days' break, we can not change it. The plan worked out.
"Now we have to recover and have to prepare for Manchester United and they are obviously in a good shape, which we all saw yesterday".
Liverpool wasted a number of good opportunities in front of goal on Tuesday night to leave the tie evenly poised at the halfway stage.
"That was amusing", he said, according to the Liverpool Echo. That is no easy feat as it was the first time that Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool had failed to find a goal at Anfield in a UEFA match in 17 games.
"Maybe it's just somebody has rushed the shot or I or Trent [Alexander-Arnold] have rushed the cross".
"We had enough chances", Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson said.
"We made life more hard with the last pass, about 10 or 12 times in a promising position", Klopp said. He responded, "No, we want to participate on all fronts, I think it's more than alive with the people in Liverpool". In fact, the Gers' run to the final that year defied odds: three of their knockout wins came after first-leg 0-0s when they were the home team (over Panathinaikos in the last 32 and Sporting in the quarters).