It’s pretty flattering that perennial German champions and European giants Bayern Munich time-wasted when drawing a game against us, isn’t it?
That’s what happened in the final 15 minutes of the 0-0 at Anfield on Tuesday, anyway – with Niko Kovac happily admitting that Javi Martinez and Kingsley Coman didn’t really have cramp.
“We all know what it’s like: It’s nearing the end of the game, you’re trying to waste a little bit of time. Javi Martinez had a good running performance, so he could not have had a cramp. We also had the King, Kingsley Coman, who suddenly had a cramp in it, but it was not one. You have to bring this calmness. They’re good, they have the experience, ” Kovac said, reported in Goal.
Liverpool made plenty of opportunities in the first-half and actually played very well, but Bayern did well to take the sting out of the game in the second – and a 0-0 looked fairly inevitable from about the 70 minute mark.
We have a very tough test in the away leg in three weeks’ time – but with Virgil van Dijk back in defence – and the possibility that an away goal will swing the tie – we should be confident.
There’s no way Liverpool can play any worse away from home in Europe than they have so far this season, right?!
Before then though, there’s the small matter of four absolutely monstrous Premier League fixtures against Manchester United, Watford, Everton and Burnley.