Bayern v Liverpool background

The first installment of the heavyweight contest between Bayern München and Liverpool failed to produce a goal as the tie concludes in Germany.

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah (left) and David Alaba of Bayern in first-leg action
Liverpool's Mohamed Salah (left) and David Alaba of Bayern in first-leg action ©AFP/Getty Images

The first instalment of the heavyweight contest between Bayern München and Liverpool failed to produce a winner or even a goal, leaving their round of 16 tie in the balance as it concludes in Germany.

• A scoreless first leg at Anfield means all three games between the clubs on Merseyside have finished 0-0. Bayern are in fine form at home form against English clubs – they have won the last four matches – while Liverpool have suffered four successive away UEFA Champions League defeats.

• The teams each have five titles to their name – Liverpool's last triumph coming in 2005 and Bayern's in 2013 – but have both suffered recent disappointment. The English club were beaten by Real Madrid in last season's final, while Bayern have lost in the semi-finals in four of the last five years, including last season's defeat by Madrid.

• This season Bayern held off Ajax to finish first in Group E while Liverpool needed a matchday six win against Napoli to claim second place behind Paris Saint-Germain in Group C.

Highlights: Liverpool 0-0 Bayern
Highlights: Liverpool 0-0 Bayern

Previous meetings
• Surprisingly given the two clubs' rich European histories, this is only their seventh match, with the first leg their first meeting in almost two decades. The sides had last met in the 2001 UEFA Super Cup at Monaco's Stade Louis II, Liverpool winning 3-2.

• The Reds also came out on top against Bayern in the semi-finals of their victorious 1980/81 European Cup campaign. After a goalless first leg at Anfield an 83rd-minute strike from Ray Kennedy took Liverpool into the final on away goals despite Karl-Heinz Rummenigge's reply for Bayern five minutes later.

• Bayern were victorious in the sides' first contests, in the 1971/72 European Cup Winners' Cup semi-finals. After another scoreless game on Merseyside, the German club won 3-1 in the Munich return, Gerd Müller scoring twice and Uli Hoeness once.

Form guide
Bayern
• Bayern's round of 16 record is W11 L3. Having won the last seven, they have not lost at this stage since an away-goals defeat at the hands of FC Internazionale Milano in 2010/11.

• Twelve months ago the Munich club beat Beşiktaş 5-0 at home and 3-1 away, making it five successive victories in round of 16 matches and a remarkable 31 goals in seven such games before they drew a blank in this first leg.

• That winning run includes 5-1 victories both home and away against Arsenal in the 2016/17 round of 16 – Bayern's last fixtures against an English club before the first leg.

Alaba: Bayern must give everything to get through
Alaba: Bayern must give everything to get through

• Before being kept out at Anfield, the Bavarian side had scored 15 goals in their previous three matches with Premier League opponents, having also beaten Arsenal 5-1 at home in the 2015/16 group stage.

• Bayern have won their last four fixtures at home to Premier League clubs, but previously had not prevailed in four in Bavaria, including the 2012 final defeat on penalties by Chelsea.

• Bayern's record in two-legged ties against English clubs is W10 L5; they have won the last five, since losing 6-5 on aggregate to Chelsea in the 2004/05 quarter-finals.

• Champions of Germany for a record 28th time last season – with a landmark sixth successive Bundesliga title – Bayern have reached the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals or better in each of the last seven seasons.

• For the second year in a row Bayern's campaign was ended by Real Madrid in 2017/18, via a 4-3 aggregate semi-final defeat. That meant all five of Bayern's UEFA Champions League campaigns since lifting the trophy in 2013 have been ended by Spanish clubs.

• Niko Kovač's side were held 1-1 by Ajax in their first home game of this season's competition, going on to beat AEK Athens 2-0 and Benfica 5-1. Robert Lewandowski scored twice in each of those victories and registered eight overall in the group stage; he remains the competition's top scorer despite his first-leg blank.

Bayern players acknowledge their fans at Anfield
Bayern players acknowledge their fans at Anfield©Getty Images

• The 2-0 home win against AEK was Bayern's first European success in Munich in four games. They won their first four in 2017/18, drawing 0-0 with Sevilla in the quarter-final second leg and losing 2-1 to Real Madrid in the semi-final first leg before this season's draw against Ajax.

• Bayern have won all but two of the 23 UEFA ties in which they drew the first leg away from home, the exceptions being that tie against Liverpool in 1981 and AC Milan in the 2006/07 quarter-finals (2-2 away, 0-2 home). That away-goals defeat by Liverpool is the only tie Bayern have lost when the first game finished scoreless – they have won the other six, including against Liverpool in 1972. The last such example, against Shakhtar Donetsk in the 2014/15 round of 16, ended in a 7-0 second-leg victory that equalled Bayern's biggest UEFA Champions League win.

• Bayern's record in six UEFA penalty shoot-outs is W5 L1:
5-4 v Chelsea, 2013 UEFA Super Cup
3-4 v Chelsea, 2011/12 UEFA Champions League final
3-1 v Real Madrid, 2011/12 UEFA Champions League semi-final
5-4 v Valencia, 2000/01 UEFA Champions League final
9-8 v PAOK, 1983/84 UEFA Cup second round
4-3 v Åtvidaberg, 1973/74 European Champion Clubs' Cup first round

Henderson takes the positives from Anfield stalemate
Henderson takes the positives from Anfield stalemate

Liverpool
• In 2017/18, Liverpool reached the round of 16 for the first time in nine years, beating Porto 5-0 away in the first leg and also on aggregate. That left them with the overall record of W5 L1 at this stage; the sole defeat came against Benfica as holders in 2005/06.

• The Reds are unbeaten in their last seven UEFA Champions League round of 16 matches (W5 D2), conceding no goals, since a 1-0 loss at home to Barcelona in the 2006/07 second leg; they won that tie on away goals having triumphed 2-1 in Spain.

• Liverpool's last fixtures against Bundesliga opponents brought away (2-1) and home (4-2) victories against Hoffenheim in last season's play-offs.

• That made the Merseyside club's record in two-legged ties against German clubs W14 L2; they have won the last four, since a 4-3 aggregate defeat against Bayer Leverkusen in the 2001/02 quarter-finals.

• Liverpool are unbeaten in four games in Germany (W2 D2), where their record overall is W3 D9 L5.

Liverpool's Fabinho (left) tracks Robert Lewandowski
Liverpool's Fabinho (left) tracks Robert Lewandowski©AFP/Getty Images

• The first-leg stalemate halted the Reds' three-game winning streak against Bundesliga sides, home and away; Liverpool are unbeaten in nine since that 2002 loss at Leverkusen (W6 D3) – their only reverse in their past 17 fixtures (W10 D6).

• Liverpool lost all three away games in this season's group stage, at Napoli (0-1), Crvena zvezda (0-2) and Paris Saint-Germain (1-2). Last season's 4-2 defeat at Roma in the semi-final second leg (7-6 agg) makes it four successive away European defeats for Jürgen Klopp's side, who were six unbeaten (W4 D2) before losing in Rome.

• The Reds have lost five of their last nine European matches, all those defeats coming outside England.

• Liverpool have won three and lost four of the UEFA competition ties in which they have drawn the home first leg, most recently against Chelsea in the 2007/08 UEFA Champions League semi-finals (1-1 home, 2-3aet away). That 1972 defeat by Bayern is the only tie they have lost when the first leg has finished 0-0, however; they have three victories, the last against Valencia in the 1998/99 UEFA Cup second round (2-2 away).

• Liverpool's record in four UEFA penalty shoot-outs is W3 L1:
4-5 v Beşiktaş, 2014/15 UEFA Europa League round of 32
4-1 v Chelsea, 2006/07 UEFA Champions League semi-final
3-2 v AC Milan, 2004/05 UEFA Champions League final
4-2 v Roma, 1983/84 European Champion Clubs' Cup final

Virgil van Dijk presents €100,000 cheque to ICRC
Virgil van Dijk presents €100,000 cheque to ICRC

Links and trivia
• Klopp was in charge of the Borussia Dortmund side beaten by Bayern at Wembley in the 2013 UEFA Champions League final. His Dortmund side overcame Bayern 5-2 in the 2012 German Cup final – Lewandowski scoring a hat-trick – and won the Bundesliga title the same season, their second successive league championship, also beating Bayern in the German Super Cup in 2008, 2013 and 2014.

• Klopp's record against Bayern while in charge of Mainz (2001–08) and Dortmund (2008–15) was W9 D4 L10.

• Xherdan Shaqiri was a Bayern player between July 2012 and January 2015, scoring 11 goals in 52 Bundesliga appearances; he won two league and cup doubles in Munich, was an unused substitute in Bayern's 2013 UEFA Champions League final victory and converted the decisive penalty in their UEFA Super Cup shoot-out triumph against Chelsea that same year. He was also in the side that won the 2013 FIFA Club World Cup.

• Have also played in Germany:
Roberto Firmino (Hoffenheim 2011–15)
Naby Keïta (RB Leipzig 2016–18)
Joël Matip (Schalke 2009–16)

• Have played together:
Niklas Süle & Roberto Firmino (Hoffenheim 2012–15)

• James Milner scored one goal and set up two more as Manchester City won 3-2 at Bayern in the 2013/14 group stage. Thomas Müller got one of Bayern's goals.

• Georginio Wijnaldum and Virgil van Vijk both scored in the Netherlands' 3-0 UEFA Nations League win against a Germany side featuring Manuel Neuer, Jérôme Boateng, Mats Hummels, Joshua Kimmich and Müller on 13 October 2018.

• Van Dijk's late equaliser earned the Netherlands a 2-2 draw in Germany on 19 November last year to take the Dutch into the UEFA Nations League Finals. In addition to Neuer, Hummels, Kimmich and Müller, Süle, Leon Goretzka and Serge Gnabry also featured for the home side.

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Bayern
UEFA Champions League squad changes
In: Alphonso Davies, Joshua Zirkzee
Out: Sandro Wagner, Frank Evina

• Manuel Neuer's next appearance in the UEFA Champions League, group stage to final, will be his 100th.

• Mats Hummels, Javi Martínez, Thiago Alcántara and James Rodríguez all made their 50th UEFA Champions League appearances in the first leg.

• Bayern's record in 2019 is W8 D1 L1. Their sole defeat was a 3-1 loss at Bayer Leverkusen on 2 February.

• On Saturday Bayern beat Wolfsburg 6-0 in Munich, their biggest win since defeating Borussia Dortmund by the same scoreline on 31 March 2018. With 11 goals in their last two league games, they now top the Bundesliga ahead of Dortmund on goal difference.

• Bayern won 1-0 against Hertha Berlin on 23 February, Javi Martínez scoring his first Bundesliga goal of the season. A week later the Spaniard was again on target in a 5-1 win at Borussia Mönchengladbach.

• Serge Gnabry, who signed a new contract until 2023 on 5 March, has scored five goals in his last seven games.

• The Munich club have lost just one home game in all competitions this season (W10 D4), going down 3-0 against Mönchengladbach on 6 October.

• Lewandowski has scored 29 goals in 34 Bayern appearances this season. He was twice on target at Mönchengladbach and against Wolfsburg, taking him to 196 Bundesliga goals – a new record for a foreign player.

• Thomas Müller also found the net against Wolfsburg and is still unbeaten in 87 league matches in which he has scored (W82 D5), a Bundesliga record.

• Franck Ribéry (ill), Leon Goretzka (ankle) and David Alaba (tendonitis) all missed the Gladbach game; Ribéry and Goretzka returned as substitutes against Wolfsburg, the former providing three assists.

• Kingsley Coman had to be substituted with a hamstring injury against Hertha only nine minutes after coming on as a substitute.

• Arjen Robben has not played since 27 November because of a thigh problem, but resumed team training on 5 March.

• Corentin Tolisso, part of the victorious France squad at last summer's FIFA World Cup, suffered torn cruciate ligaments in his right knee on 15 September. He returned to light training at the end of January.

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Liverpool
UEFA Champions League squad changes
In: Ki-Jana Hoever, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ben Woodburn
Out: Nathaniel Clyne, Dominic Solanke, Pedro Chirivella, Kamil Grabara

• Liverpool have won only three of their last eight games in all competitions, drawing the other five. They beat Burnley 4-2 at Anfield on Sunday.

• Jürgen Klopp's side have drawn three of their last five matches 0-0.

• Liverpool had kept five successive clean sheets in all competitions before conceding twice against Burnley.

• Sadio Mané has eight goals in Liverpool's last nine matches, including two on Sunday.

• Roberto Firmino also scored twice against Burnley, ending a run of six games without a goal.

• The Reds have drawn their last three away matches, scoring only once, and have one away win in six matches (D3 L2).

• Trent Alexander-Arnold was replaced late on on Sunday after suffering a shoulder injury. James Milner missed the match with a knock.

• Joe Gomez was taken off midway through the first half of the 3-1 win at Burnley on 5 December having fractured his left leg; he has not played since and underwent surgery in early February.

• Dejan Lovren has been out since suffering a hamstring injury in an FA Cup defeat at Wolves on 7 January.

• Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has not played since suffering a serious knee injury in last season's UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg against Roma on 24 April, although he has been added to the squad for this season's knockout rounds.

• Firmino had to be substituted 30 minutes into the goalless draw at Manchester United on 24 February after suffering an ankle injury and missed the 5-0 defeat of Watford three days later, returning as a second-half substitute in the Merseyside derby at Everton on 3 March (0-0).

• On 9 January Mohamed Salah was named African Footballer of the year, ahead of club-mate Mané and Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang; the Egyptian had also been named BBC African Player of the Year the previous month.

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