Liverpool’s Champions League knockout stage clash with Bayern Munich didn’t quite go to plan, with the two sides inseparable over the course of ninety minutes as the game finished 0-0.
Jurgen Klopp’s men uncharacteristically faltered under the Anfield lights as their finishing was lacklustre – on another day, the Merseysiders could have smashed their German opposition but, regardless, they will fancy themselves going to the Allianz Arena having avoided conceding an away goal on Tuesday.
With a huge game against Manchester United on Sunday, there is little time for the Reds players to switch off as they return their attention to the Premier League title race. They have closed the gap on champions Manchester City both literally and figuratively this season, with the two clubs level on points but also far more equal in terms of quality.
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Despite having been slowly integrated into the starting XI, the Brazilian has become one of the Reds’ most consistent performers in recent weeks and his versatility has become indispensable to his side’s success amidst injuries and suspensions.
With Joe Gomez still not back to full fitness, Dejan Lovren also out of contention and Virgil van Dijk suspended, the former Monaco man stepped in alongside Joel Matip at the heart of defence against Bayern and hardly put a foot wrong.
A midfielder by trade, the 25-year-old looks likely to only get better and could hold down the base of Liverpool’s midfield for years to come.
A revelation last season, the England international has, unfortunately, been unable to improve on his stellar breakout season, with his performance against Bayern, in particular, of a standard far less than expected from the 20-year-old.
The 5-cap international wrote headlines with his inch-perfect crossing and delivery into the box and quickly forced his way into Gareth Southgate’s England considerations, although Crystal Palace’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka looks like more of a worthy pick for the Three Lions based on current form.
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There is no denying the Scouser has an extremely bright future ahead of him but, while he has been set back by injuries, his 18/19 campaign has been underwhelming thus far.