By Craig Kemp
Last Updated: 25th March 2019
Rewind back to the 1980/81 European Cup semi-finals.
Liverpool were drawn to face Bayern Munich, with the first leg taking place at Anfield. That showdown ended goalless.
Two weeks later, Bob Paisley’s Reds made the trip to the Olympiastadion in Munich and left with the 1-1 draw that saw them qualify for the final on away goals.
Ray Kennedy netted that important goal in Germany, before namesake Alan Kennedy grabbed the only goal in the final against Real Madrid.
Another score draw at the Allianz Arena will see the Reds through again on away goals after the Anfield stalemate and this can be backed at 13/5.
Bayern are understandable favourites in the match betting at 11/10 and they have won their last seven outings on home soil across all competitions. What’s more, they’ve won four on the bounce at home to Premier League clubs too.
However, Niko Kovac will be without suspended pair Joshua Kimmich and Thomas Muller for this second leg.
Liverpool are 12/5 underdogs to triumph in Munich, but manager Jurgen Klopp’s more recent record against Bayern does give reason for optimism.
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Klopp vs Bayern
Saying that, Bayern once held the upper hand when facing opposition managed by Klopp is a big understatement. After all, the current Reds boss failed to win any of his first 11 encounters with the current Bundesliga champions, losing nine.
However, in the 18 meetings since, Klopp has won exactly half, being beaten just seven times. This bodes well for Liverpool progressing to the Champion League semi-finals and they’re 10/11 to qualify at Bayern’s expense.
Sadio Mane would appear to be the man in goal-scoring form for Liverpool at present, but 12 of his last 13 goals have come at Anfield. In fact, he’s only netted once on the road since early September.
Mohamed Salah is much more proficient away from home, with five goals in Liverpool’s last eight away games. As a result, he looks the better bet to net in Germany.
Salah can be backed at 5/1 to break the deadlock or 6/4 to score at any point in the 90 minutes.