MANUEL NEUER has revealed how Bayern Munich can nullify Liverpool’s lethal front-three ahead of tomorrow’s Champions League clash.
German giants Bayern were suited and booted as they flew to Merseyside on Monday morning for the first leg of the last-16 at Anfield.
Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer says Bayern have a plan to nullify Liverpool’s front three[/caption]
Neuer insists his side will have to be alert if they are to stop the trident of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.
He told ESPN FC: “They have very good, fast breaks and aggressive counter attacks but we know that. We saw how they play against teams.
“We have to stay compact and have a good plan, then we will have good protection for our defence.
“I will be watching the way the strikers move and shoot with the analysts [in preparation].”
Midfielder Leon Goretzka boards the plane to Merseyside[/caption]
Former Arsenal youngster Serge Gnabry arrives at Munich airport for the flight to Liverpool[/caption]
Thomas Muller and his team-mates are aiming to beat last year’s Champions League finalists[/caption]
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Bayern’s stars won’t need a lesson on the Liverpool head coach after Jurgen Klopp’s 14 years managing in Germany with Mainz and Borussia Dortmund.
Robert Lewandowski, Munich’s main man, became one of Europe’s most prolific front men under Klopp’s guidance at Dortmund.
The Polish striker told Uefa.com: “He released that striker’s instinct in me and that allowed me to make the next step up.
“I didn’t know that I still had so much potential, more than I thought, and that means he saw something in me that I couldn’t see.
Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski heaped praise on his former boss and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp[/caption]
Klopp helped turn Lewandowski into one of Europe’s most lethal strikers at Dortmund[/caption]
“His words and his body language resonate, even when he’s in the dugout.
“If the game’s not going well and you see his reaction it wakes up the team and sometimes you personally, and then you’re willing to run and get stuck in.”
Bayern’s Franck Ribery did not travel with team-mates after becoming a father last night, but is expected to follow on a later flight.
Last year’s runners up Liverpool are expected to be without centre-back Dejan Lovren due to injury.