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Liverpool Champions League clean sheet crucial: Robertson

Roberto Firmino (9) of Liverpool celebrates his first goal with team mates Xherdan Shaqiri, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Andrew Robertson during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Arsenal FC at Anfield on December 29, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Nick Taylor/Liverpool FC/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)
20th February, 2019
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Bayern Munich’s 0-0 draw at Liverpool in their Champions League last 16 first leg tie put the Germans in the driving seat but they will be under more pressure at home, the English Premier League club’s fullback Andy Robertson says.

While it proved a frustrating Tuesday night at an expectant Anfield for Juergen Klopp’s side against a disciplined Bayern, they avoided conceding an away goal, which could yet prove crucial.

It means Liverpool can progress with a scoring draw whereas Bayern need to win on the night to reach the quarter-finals.

“We back ourselves to win any game whether it’s home or away,” Robertson said on Wednesday.

“Going over there, there’s a new challenge, there’s probably a wee bit more pressure on them than us because they’re at home and their fans will start demanding things.”

Liverpool’s attacking trident of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane was not at its sharpest on Tuesday but Robertson expects a different story in Munich.

“Of course they’ll be happier with a clean sheet but a clean sheet at home in the Champions League is so crucial,” he said.

“We know that when we go over there one goal counts as a wee bit more than that, and if we can grab one then they have to score two at least.

“These are all things that come into play and with the chances we’ve got, if we can be a bit more clinical we believe we can score over there.”

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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.

Bayern are unbeaten in this season’s competition and have only lost three of their last 30 home games in the Champions League, all at the hands of eventual winners Real Madrid.