Former Liverpool and Bayern Munich midfielder Didi Hamann says he can see the Reds causing the German side problems on Tuesday night – because he isn’t convinced about the defensive capabilities of full-back Joshua Kimmich.
The Germany international, still only 24, is a very highly rated player who is experienced at the top level. He was one of the first names in Joachim Low’s squad for the World Cup.
Hamann, though, explained that Kimmich is much better in an attacking sense than he is at the back – and that could be an area to exploit for the Reds.
He told the Liverpool Echo: “Kimmich is a midfielder by trade: [he] isn’t really a defensively minded player. His qualities are going forward and he sets up a lot of goals.
“Left-back David Alaba has been an outstanding player for Bayern for nearly 10 years. I think he might be able to deal with Salah but I think Mane v Kimmich will be one of the key battles.
“I really think Liverpool have a great chance to exploit that right-hand side of Bayern.”
The general feeling is that Bayern are susceptible at the back – shown when they conceded twice at Augsburg in the Bundesliga on Friday night – and however they do it, the Reds could strike real fear into them.
It’s all set up to be a really good tie – hopefully, we can take a lead into the second leg, which isn’t until the middle of March.