Liverpool 0-0 Bayern: Klopp Disappointed But Hopeful After Goalless Draw
Liverpool went into the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie with the aim of dominating play and winning in the end. They had the best chances at scoring goals, but failed to convert any, and the match finally ended goalless.
Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp admitted an underwhelming 0-0 draw against old foes Bayern Munich on Tuesday was not what he "dreamed of", but remained confident of progressing to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
Sadio Mane wasted the best chance when the Senegalese forward fired wide during an open first 45 minutes, but a cagey second half left it all to be decided when the sides meet again in Munich on March 13.
However, without the talismanic presence of Virgil van Dijk through suspension and the injured Joe Gomez and Dejan Lovren, Liverpool at least did not concede an away goal despite fielding a make-shift central defensive pairing of Brazilian midfielder Fabinho and Joel Matip.
"It's not the result or the game we dreamed of," said Klopp. "It is not a game we will remember in 30 years. It's the result we have and we will work with that.
"It was a clean sheet without the big man (Van Dijk). A lot of people wouldn't have expected that. The defending was good. A lot of things were really good, I'm not over the moon but I'm completely OK with the game."
That unfamiliarity in Liverpool's defense showed in the early stages as the hosts started nervously at the back.
Matip breathed a sigh of relief when he turned Serge Gnabry's driven cross towards his own goal only for the ball to bounce to safety off Alisson Becker's chest.
However, the Brazilian goalkeeper played his side into trouble moments later to put pressure on Matip and when he was dispossessed by Robert Lewandowski, Kingsley Coman fired into the side-netting.
Liverpool were also posing plenty of problems at the other end, although their final ball often lacked precision.
"We made life more difficult with the last pass today about 10 or 12 times," added Klopp. "We can play better and we should play better."
Klopp's men have lost all of their last five Champions League games away from Anfield, including last season's final.
The return of Van Dijk will aid their chances, but that rot will need to stop in Munich in three weeks' time if they are to reach the last eight.
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