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"We were at home so of course we were disappointed".

The reason this Champions League last-16 first leg was so cagey was not down to the Reds.

Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah both squandered opportunities for Liverpool, who were in action for the first time since February 9.

The German champions managed to keep a clean sheet at Anfield, with Liverpool made to rue their profligacy in front of goal in the 0-0 draw, though a score draw at the Allianz Arena will be enough to see them into the quarter-final.

But that's unlikely to be viable game plan in the second leg against Liverpool when the onus is on the Germans to attack.

Liverpool will have to improve their European away form, however, after losing all three group games on the road in the Champions League this season. First up Liverpool! Fabinho & Matip make up an impromptu centre back pairing!

So there is plenty for Liverpool to be optimistic about.

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Tonight's match is important but we can't [be knocked out in it], we are going to play a second match next week. An organised team, defensively a good team and good at transitions.

The Senegalese put the best chance of the game wide when faced with only Neuer to beat and then shot an acrobatic effort well wide of goal just minutes later.

Bayern are still a good side, though, and they are well-organised and clever. But Barcelona has not reached the Champions League final since winning the competition for the fifth time in 2015. It was an intense game for both sides. He went and shook all of the Bayern players' hands. For a team that can be so devastating on the counterattack, the second leg would appear to be set up for Liverpool to claim the result required to take them into the quarterfinals.

While Bayern would have liked an away goal, there wasn't a huge amount of pressure on them to attack at Anfield. It is still too close to call, but don't be fooled into thinking that 0-0 at home is a bad result for Liverpool.

"We made life more hard with the last pass today - about 10 or 12 times a promising situation [fizzled out]".

"No, no, no. I wanted to shake Niko's hand immediately and then he went in the crowd of his players", said Klopp.

"These are all things that come into play and if we can be a bit more clinical I think we can score over there".

A fast start at Merseyside will be crucial to either side's chances of landing a place in the last eight, and each team has at least one key absence to be concerned about ahead of the first leg.

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