For Liverpool fans, a draw with Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie is not the perfect result as it leaves the tie balanced making Bayern now favorites with home advantage.
Let us look at three reasons why Bayern Munich are the favorites to make it to the next round.
1- Liverpool’s poor away record in the Champions League;
Many football fans tipped Liverpool as favourites heading into this tie, some will reconsider that standpoint now with Liverpool’s away record taken into consideration.
Liverpool lost all three away games during the group stages with a shocking 2-0 defeat to Red Star Belgrade.
Bayern will absolutely fancy themselves at home and Klopp knows he must better his tactics heading into the second leg.
2- Bayern’s defense masterclass;
Bayern’s defense was solid on Tuesday night keeping a clean sheet for the first time after a run of seven games without a clean sheet.
Niklas Sule and Mats Hummels put in a defensive masterclass shutting down Liverpool’s dangerous front three who only managed two shots on target after 90 minutes.
No player made more tackles (3) or won more aerial duels (2) than Kimmich in the first half at Anfield, with the full back shutting down Liverpool’s Saido Mane down the wings.
However, Bayern will have to play the return leg without the German international who picked up a yellow card, which will see him miss the return fixture on suspension leaving Rafinha as the only option at right back.
Jerome Boateng however is expected to return for the second leg which could be a huge boost for Bayern Munich’s defense
3- Home advantage;
After a goalless first leg, Bayern now holds the advantage as the most likely to progress although an early goal from Liverpool can change everything at the Allianz Arena.
Bayern Munich’s Round of 16 records makes them more than favorites to win the return fixture; the German champions are second in most aggregate wins in the round of 16 with 11 wins.
Bayern lead the round of 16 with most goals scored (73), biggest win margin (7-0 vs Basel) and biggest win aggregate (12-1 Sporting CP).
With all this records Klopp must come up with a master plan to beat the Bavarians at home, especially when Bayern are yet to lose at home since 2014 when they were defeated 4-0 by champions Real Madrid