Thomas Muller has been handed a two-game Champions League ban, ruling him out of both legs of Bayern Munich’s last 16 clash with Liverpool.
Reds fans have perhaps reacted in a surprising manner, the majority of them insisting that Bayern will be better off without the 29-year-old.
The Germany international was handed a red card for a wildly high challenge on Nicolas Tagliafico during the club’s 3-3 draw with Ajax in the group stages. Bayern have confirmed that the club will appeal against the decision.
Muller previously said that the result of the tackle was unintentional, and issued an apology on his own Twitter.
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He wrote: “I would like to apologise to Nico Tagliafico for the incident. It was unintentional. Get well soon.”
Muller has not enjoyed the most prolific of seasons at Bayern thus far this season, scoring four goals and providing four assists in 16 Bundesliga games in 2018-19.
In six Champions League appearances, too, Muller has drawn a blank and is yet to score, though he did provide an assist in the 5-1 thumping of Benfica.
Liverpool fans, thus, are a little concerned about the prospect of facing a Muller-less Bayern…
Advantage Bayern Munich
— • (@NDK8A) January 11, 2019
*Blow for Liverpool
— Darren (@ImTipzy) January 11, 2019
5 years ago it would’ve been fantastic news for Liverpool, from their point of view it’s still a huge blow because he’s a first team regular every single week, but I personally don’t think he’s a massive threat anymore, they’ve still got Coman, Ribery, Lewandowski, Gnabry, Robben
— Kevin McLaughlin (@MrKevMac) January 11, 2019
He’s beyond awful. Wouldn’t get a game for Everton.
— top of the league (@mackemgerrard) January 11, 2019
Muller misses both legs against Liverpool plus VVD will miss the first leg. Double advantage for Bayern.
— Roy (@RoyAbhijitAR) January 11, 2019
Can score any way possible but he’s been in continuous decline for the last 2,3 years. Bayern’s attack will be faster without him, not so sure we get any benefit from his absence
— Apostolis Karalis (@ApoKaralis) January 11, 2019