Bayern Munich pulled off a 'tactical masterclass' against Liverpool

There have been questions about Manuel Neuer's form this season

There have been questions about Manuel Neuer's form this season

The prolific Pole won two Bundesliga titles under Klopp when the pair were together at Borussia Dortmund and also lost the Champions League final against Bayern in 2013 before Lewandowski was lured to Bavaria a year later.

Van Dijk is banned for the last 16, first leg on Tuesday after being booked three times as last season's finalists squeezed through the group stages by the narrowest of margins thanks to more goals scored than Napoli.

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"The Champions League might be a welcome release in a way, to have a blast, which they certainly did last season".

With Virgil van Dijk suspended and Joe Gomez and Dejan Lovren both injured, Klopp was forced to play Brazilian midfielder Fabinho out of position at centre-back alongside Joel Matip.

"But in the first half we still had the chances, so if Sadio [Mane] hits the ball a bit better then he strikes twice with a bicycle kick, which is obviously pretty rare".

Liverpool made it all the way to last season's Champions League final, but Klopp faces a German challenge that threatens to end this year's campaign before they reach the last eight.

"I think they would have preferred to have the second leg at home but as they showed last season against a couple of teams, Roma and Manchester City for example, they just blasted early on".

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"It is not the result or the game we dreamed of", Klopp said at his postmatch news conference.

"I don't know 100 per cent", the Liverpool boss told the club's official website when asked about the three players.

"Shaq did a lot, so it will be close, we have to see".

With so much at stake, expect a cautious approach from both sides who do not want their place in the quarter-finals jeopardised by a defeat in the first leg.

"We need to bring our A-game and if we can do that then hopefully we've got enough to win".

The bigger picture is that Liverpool are still in it.

"But when a little bit of class and cuteness is necessary, I don't think Liverpool had that in the midfield". If you don't get a goal, you can't relax.

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