Liverpool’s Shoddy Away Record Could Spell Champions League Disaster Against Bayern Munich
Liverpool travel to Munich tonight looking to make it through to the Champions League quarter-finals but they face a tough challenge as they face a decent Bayern side in a lively stadium. Jurgen Klopp will be hoping his side can stay resolute away from Anfield but on past Champions League showing it does not look like that will be the case.
If they do fall to defeat in Germany, Liverpool will set an unwanted club record, of five consecutive away defeats in European competition for the first time. Their away performances have been nothing short of shoddy this season in Europe and they had to rely on their performances at Anfield to get them through the group stage.
They were beaten by Napoli in their opener after conceding a 90th-minute goal whilst they were then surprisingly overwhelmed by Red Star away from home, suffering a shock 2-0 loss and leaving their qualification hopes hanging by a thread. They then faced the daunting task of travelling to Paris to take on PSG, who looked all set to win the group.
The Parisiens edged Liverpool 2-1, with James Milner scoring their only away goal of the season in the tournament, but left them needing a win against Napoli at home. The Reds got that win, 1-0 setting up this tie against the German giants.
Liverpool will need to score tonight if they are to qualify, unless they take it all the way to penalties. That goalscoring record must improve if they are to go deep into the competition as they did last year, where they lost to Real Madrid in a dramatic final.
In fact this poor away record stretches all the way back to last season, where they were beaten 4-2 by Roma in the semi-final in the Italian capital. Of course, they did already hold a 5-2 lead from the first leg and made it safely through to the final.
So they are looking to avoid a club record this evening and continue their hopes alive of winning the Premier League and Champions League double.