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Liverpool Manager Jurgen Klopp Explains Heated Touchline Tussle With Niko Kovac

Liverpool Manager Jurgen Klopp Explains Heated Touchline Tussle With Niko Kovac

Some Liverpool fans might be disappointed with Tuesday's 0-0 draw with Bayern Munich, but I think Reds boss Jurgen Klopp will be quite happy with how the tie is poised.

It is no accident that Bayern have reached the semi-finals of this competition in six of the last seven seasons and they showed their pragmatic calmness to subdue Liverpool's normally lively front three.

Liverpool, meanwhile, are one of the best counter-attacking teams in Europe, blessed with pace throughout their team, and their best hopes of scoring will likely come on the break.

"We are strong at home but there's no denying that 0-0 away from home is a risky result", Valverde said. "It's not a dream result, but it's a good one".

Henderson added: "It's obviously disappointing that we haven't scored, but again we've kept a clean sheet and defended well, which is a positive".

Their Champions League round of 16 first leg match was played Tuesday night at Anfield stadium in Liverpool.

Bayern earned the draw in a nervy first leg on Merseyside to put the German giants in a good position for the return at their Allianz Arena on 13 March.

With the absence of key defender Virgil Van Dijk, it was Liverpool ace Jordan Henderson who really stepped up as a leader on the pitch. Dejan Lovren may also have beaten the hamstring injury that forced him to miss the game in time for the return fixture.

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Liverpool is undefeated in five games but has won only three of their last seven. It was because of Bayern's defensive game plan, and how well they executed it.

"I am pretty sure that Bayern in this moment feels a bit better than we do", said the Liverpool manager. "It wasn't a Champions League night from that point of view". "It just makes things easier". "He went and shook all of the Bayern players" hands.

It's a good result at home - they haven't conceded and they've got every chance of going to Bayern and winning the game.

But they are facing fellow European aristocrats in Bayern and it promises to be a much tougher challenge than any away trip they faced on the way to Kiev last season.

"It's not the worst result in the world. We had enough chances I feel to score one or two", he said.

"We can play better than we did tonight, so this game is not decided".

With current leaders Manchester City, top of the table on goal difference, playing in the Carabao Cup, Liverpool have a chance to regain first place with their game in hand on Pep Guardiola's side.