Former Bayern Munich midfielder Owen Hargreaves says there is only one way for Bayern Munich to beat Liverpool: if Robert Lewandowski is allowed to run the game.
Lewandowski became a household name under Jurgen Klopp at Borussia Dortmund before he moved to Bayern on a free transfer.
This season he has scored 25 times so far, and at the age of 30, he is showing no signs of slowing down.
Hargreaves says he represents a real threat to the Reds across both tonight’s game at Anfield and the return leg in around a month’s time in Germany – and they must stop him from firing.
He told BT Sport: “He’s the one player I think for Liverpool they’re going to have to keep an eye on because he’s really the only genuine world-class player they still have left.
“With Van Dijk missing, somebody’s going to have to find a way to mark him out of the game. He just has an array of finishes, it’s not really just about headers; he times his runs beautifully, he can dink over the keeper, he can pick out both corners.”
Not having Virgil van Dijk at the back will be a big blow, but hopefully, Fabinho and Joel Matip can shackle Lewandowski effectively enough.
The best tactic might be to go all-out attack and simply stop him from getting the service – he can’t cause damage if we’ve got the ball.