Liverpool is the most hard draw there is, says Bayern boss Kovac

Liverpool v Bayern Munich James desperately needs a career boost at Anfield

Liverpool v Bayern Munich James desperately needs a career boost at Anfield

Gary Lineker says Liverpool FC are slight favourites to make the Champions League last eight ahead of their clash against Bayern Munich on Tuesday night. But they're not, they are preparing for a Champions League tie against Bayern Munich, who have Robert Lewandowski up front.

Kovac said at his pre-match press conference ahead of Tuesday's last-16 first leg: "I want to say once again we are playing tomorrow against an opponent where it is the most hard draw".

Firmino has been a regular in Jurgen Klopp's starting lineup this season, with 11 goals and four assists coming from 32 outings in the Premier League and Europe this season. But I maintain that tomorrow and in Munich the form on the day will be decisive.

"Liverpool has respect for us as we do for them and there will be a sporting contest tomorrow".

Both teams have defensive concerns ahead of the match, with Liverpool set to field a makeshift centre-half due to Dejan Lovren's injury and Virgil van Dijk being suspended. "He will fly out this afternoon".

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"It will be enjoyable for us to watch the game".

Unlike last season's run to the final, Liverpool have dual priorities this season. Both sides are stronger in attack than defence, so expect goals.

Niko Kovac's side are in transition in his first season in charge of the club and they now trail rivals Dortmund by two points, with the league leaders having a game in hand. All it takes is one moment, one small misjudgment, and you get punished at the highest level.

"It is why Marbella was such an important week for us to get ready", said captain Jordan Henderson. You can show things and say things to people - that's relatively easy - but putting it into practice is hard.

"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. I can't imagine that".

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