By Lewis Rooke – @LV_Rooke
Liverpool drew a blank in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie, drawing 0-0 against an extremely well-drilled Bayern Munich side at Anfield.
Whilst Jurgen Klopp’s men defended well, the Germans were equally as drilled as they kept the front three firmly at arms length. All eyes now turn to the second leg at the Allianz Arena, where Liverpool will have to take the game to the Bundesliga champions.
Here’s how they rated…
Alisson: 6 – Battle of the sweeper keepers here wasn’t it. Made a vital point blank save mere seconds after Neuer had denied Mohamed Salah at the other end, however had a few nervy moments with the ball at his feet which I’m sure will have me mumbling the words “just get rid” over and over again in my sleep tonight.
Trent Alexander-Arnold: 6.5 – Did alright up and down the right flank, but with Mohamed Salah well and truly tied up it was tough for Trent to also find space down that well defended side.
Fabinho: 8 – Filled in for the absent talisman Virgil van Dijk at centre back, and made a superb last ditch tackle on Lewandowski early in the second half. Becoming the new Mr Versatility for Liverpool, and is it me or does he look and play like a Brazilian Gary McAllister?
Joel Matip: 8 – Did alright to be honest, but my god does he soil himself when the ball comes near him in the attacking third. Had a few opportunities to score but as a typical centre does, he fluffed his lines.
Andy Robertson: 6 – Wasn’t his usual exemplary self with a few misplaced passes here and there, yet was still worlds better than the amount of awful left backs we’ve had to endure over the years.
Gini Wijnaldum: 7 – Kept things ticking over in the midfield, however couldn’t find any balls through a watertight Bayern defence. Can’t complain.
Jordan Henderson: 9 – Absolute pinpoint ball to split Sule and Kimmich to find Mo Salah who almost squeezed it past Manuel Neuer. Covered the pitch like a metronome throughout, cutting out anything and everything in his path and anyone else’s path for that matter. Man of the match and a huge middle finger to his many critics.
Naby Keita: 7.5 – Extra point for that wild attempt at an overhead kick from that far out. Can feel him growing in a Liverpool shirt and I’m loving it. His driving runs forward and quick feet presented problems for Bayern, but still needs to add that decisive pass or clinical shot to take his game to the next level.
Sadio Mane: 8 – Had a few dangerous runs in the first half and looked the most threatening of the front three. Clearly took lessons from Naby Keita about jarg overhead kicks though. He’s on fire at the minute and had Kimmich twisting and turning to such an extent he’s now suspended for the second leg. Another decent performance from the Senegalese.
Roberto Firmino: 6.5 – Worked hard up top but couldn’t really find any joy against Mats Hummels and Niklas Sule, but credit to him for even making the starting eleven in the first place after his virus.
Mohamed Salah: 6 – Bayern absolutely had a game plan to nullify Mohamed Salah, every time he got the ball the German side snapped at his heels and covered any possible space he could break into should he wriggle free. Tough match for the Egyptian, but when royalty of world football such as Bayern Munich lay such extensive plans in place to prevent you from playing, then you know you’re absolutely boss.
Divock Origi: 6
James Milner: 7