Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben – who will miss the game at Anfield through injury – says he is haunted by his previous experiences against the Reds.
Robben, now 35, has played at Anfield for Chelsea in the Champions League, losing on both occasions at the semi-final stage. He also lost 4-0 with Real Madrid in the quarter-finals of 2009.
Robben has witnessed the power of Anfield first hand before and is not looking forward to seeing his teammates do so again.
The Dutch veteran ‘grimaced’ as he told the Daily Mail: “I think if you ask me the worst stadium for me, it’s probably Liverpool. You always have your favourite opponent and there always has to be a negative one.”
It further underlines the huge role Anfield plays on Champions League nights – this Tuesday could be another big occasion.
Manager Niko Kovac has already spoken about his apprehension ahead of the match, and now one of his players – who isn’t even going to play – has reiterated the same kind of message.
The Reds simply have to start fast and exploit any kind of hesitation that Bayern might show – it could be the crucial determinant in deciding which way the tie swings.