Bayern Munich’s visit to Liverpool on Tuesday night in the Champions League featured some familiar faces at Anfield. Striker Robert Lewandowski reunited with former coach and mentor Jurgen Klopp in an evenly matched game that ended in a goalless 0-0 draw.
It was an unusually quiet night for the Polish international going forward. He failed to make an impact as his team managed only one shot on target all game. However, Bavarians were solid on the defensive end keeping a clean sheet at Anfield. They are now unbeaten away in the Champions League since September 2017. The 0-0 keeps the tie open and sets up an intriguing second leg at the Allianz Arena in a week’s time.
Lewandowski and Reds manager Jurgen Klopp’s relationship dates back to their glory days together at Borussia Dortmund. In an interview with uefa.com the Polish international credits large part of his success to his former coach: “He released that striker’s instinct in me and that allowed me to make the next step up.” The stats speak for themselves, 135 goals in 224 league matches for Dortmund and a 2013 Bundesliga title to his name. Lewandowski was instrumental to Dortmund’s magnificent run to the Champions League final that same year only to be beaten in extra-time by his current club, Bayern Munich.
Robert Lewandowski has upset a Jurgen Klopp side before. In his first season as a Bayern player, he scores in both fixtures against former team Borussia Dortmund. He will surely be looking to replicate that against Klopp and his Liverpool team in the second leg as Bayern Munich need a win in order to progress to the Champions League quarter-finals