Liverpool vs Bayern Munich: TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview

Liverpool’s quest for Champions League glory restarts on Tuesday, when they play host to Bayern Munich in the first leg of their last-16 clash at Anfield.

The Reds negotiated the group phase in unconvincing manner, losing as many matches as they won, with a narrow Matchday 6 victory over Napoli ultimately carrying them through to the knockout stages behind Paris Saint-Germain.

Jurgen Klopp’s men will face a Bayern Munich outfit still undefeated in the competition this season but under pressure due to their indifferent form in the Bundesliga.

Indeed, the Reds will even start this tie as favourites, but can they justify that tag?

Game Liverpool vs Bayern Munich
Date Tuesday, February 19
Time 8:00pm GMT / 3:00pm ET
Stream (US only) fubo TV (7-day free trial)

TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch

In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial).

New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser.

US TV channel Online stream
Galavision / TNT USA fubo TV (7-day free trial)

In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will be broadcast on BT Sport 2 and BT Sport 4K UHD.

UK TV channel Online stream
BT Sport 2 / BT Sport 4K UHD BT Sport Live

Squads & Team News

Position Liverpool players
Goalkeepers Alisson, Mignolet, Kelleher
Defenders Robertson, Moreno, Matip, Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Lewis, Phillips, Hoeyer, Whelan, Johnston
Midfielders Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Milner, Keita, Henderson, Lallana, Camacho, Jones
Forwards Mane, Salah, Firmino, Sturridge, Shaqiri, Origi, Brewster, Woodburn, Masterson

Jurgen Klopp will have to do without star centre-back Virgil van Dijk for this clash, as the Dutchman has a one-game ban to serve.

Complicating matters further for the German in the heart of the defence is an injury to Joe Gomez, which will prevent him from playing. Dejan Lovren is a doubt and if he cannot play then Fabinho will move to centre-back – a role he has rarely played.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is out while Xherdan Shaqiri, a former Bayern Munich player, is doubtful.

Roberto Firmino, meanwhile, is a serious doubt due to a virus.

Possible Liverpool starting XI: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Fabinho, Robertson; Wijnaldum, Henderson, Milner; Salah, Firmino, Mane

Position Bayern Munich squad
Goalkeepers Neuer, Ulreich, Fruchtl
Defenders Kimmich, Hummels, Sule, Alaba, Mai, Rafinha, Awoudja
Midfielders Martinez, Thiago, Rodriguez, Gnabry, Sanches, Goretzka, Shabani, Jeong
Forwards Lewandowski, Coman, Davies, Ribery

Bayern Munich travel without Thomas Muller, who is banned.

Meanwhile, FCB have a raft of injury problems to contend with. Corentin Tolisso and Arjen Robben are all sidelined, while there are doubts over the availability of Leon Goretzka and Franck Ribery.

Jerome Boateng, meanwhile, is ill and misses the trip.

Possible Bayern Munich starting XI: Neuer; Kimmich, Hummels, Sule, Alaba; Martinez, Thiago, Rodriguez; Gnabry, Lewandowski, Coman

Betting & Match Odds

Liverpool are 11/10 favourites to win this match with bet365. Bayern can be backed at 13/5, while a draw is available at 11/4.

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Match Preview

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Challenging for silverware on both domestic and European fronts as the climax of the season approaches, Liverpool stand on the brink of one of their greatest seasons ever.

Although they sit second in the Premier League on goal difference behind Manchester City, they hold a game in hand, while in the Champions League they have been tasked with a last-16 tie against a Bayern Munich side that has been out of sorts this season.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp, though, is wary of the threat of FCB and believes they are an outfit gaining momentum under new boss Niko Kovac.

“With a huge quality team, you need to have the desire of a newcomer combined with the quality of a real contender. Maybe in the beginning of the season they didn’t have that but the situation from my point of view makes them even more dangerous than before,” the former Dortmund boss said.

“Maybe we achieved a little bit more than people expected so far but both are in a similar situation to them.

“It’s a long way to go but we don’t have to think about the league, just the Champions League. If I wasn’t involved, I would buy a ticket!”

Jordan Henderson, meanwhile, has set his eyes unashamedly on double glory.

“If we had to choose, we’d choose both,” he replied when asked which competition he would rather win.

“We prioritise game by game, no matter what competition it is, so Tuesday night for us is the biggest game of the season. And then so on and so on.

“It’ll be like that until the end of the season, that’s how we approach every game.

“That’s what we need to do, it’s not about favouring one competition.

“I feel we have a good enough squad to be able to challenge in both competitions as best we can, and hopefully at the end of the season we see we’re champions of at least one, if not both.”

While Bayern are not ready to be billed as underdogs, they are aware of the size of the challenge they face at Anfield.

“I do not think the public is wrong. Liverpool are playing a very strong season, you cannot deny that,” Serge Gnabry told Goal.

“That’s okay. But that does not mean that we go into the game and say: ‘There is nothing to get.’ On the contrary: we have our strengths, we are Bayern. Everything is possible.”

After toughing out a 3-2 win over Augsburg on Friday – their third successive win – the Bavarians appear to be gaining a head of steam and any kind of positive result in Liverpool would only enhance that.

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‘Rooney had lost everything’ – Capello’s scathing assessment of Man Utd legend prior to MLS move

Wayne Rooney had “lost everything” prior to making to a move to MLS, claims Fabio Capello, with the Manchester United legend a shadow of his former self during a second stint at Everton.

After 13 record-breaking years at Old Trafford, the Red Devils’ all-time leading goalscorer was allowed to leave by Jose Mourinho in the summer of 2017.

The decision was taken by the ex-England captain to return to his roots at Goodison Park, but a homecoming did not go entirely to plan.

Rooney would spend just one season back on Merseyside before heading to America and penning a deal through to 2021 with D.C. United.

The 32-year-old has enjoyed a welcome return to form in Washington, with a play-off place secured in his first campaign as he found the target 12 times in 21 appearances.

Former England boss Capello believes Rooney needed a switch such as that as he had stagnated at Everton and lost many of the qualities which had previously established him as a Premier League icon.

The Italian said at the Laureus World Sports Awards in Monaco: “Rooney is a good player, but I saw the season when he returned to Everton and he didn’t perform well.

“He was on the pitch like a different person. He was not with the team. It was not the Rooney I remember – fighting, running – nothing. He lost everything, all his characteristics.

“He decided to go to America. The football is different, it’s a new experience and a lot of Italian players go there at the end of their careers.”

Rooney did record 11 goals across 40 outings for Everton, including one memorable effort from the halfway line against West Ham.

He was, however, unable to deliver the consistency expected of him and found himself slipping out of favour under Sam Allardyce.

A spell in MLS has allowed him to rediscover his spark, while the 2018-19 campaign has also seen him take in a 120th appearance for England – with the Three Lions’ highest goalscorer in history stepping out of retirement for one final cap against the United States in November.

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Betting: Manchester City 16/1 for a trophy quadruple ahead of Champions League clash with Schalke

Having regained top spot in the Premier League in recent weeks, Manchester City are now 16/1 (17.0) with bet365 to sweep the boards with a title quadruple.

This is a general 10/1 (11.0) chance with most other firms so those who want to back it would be advised to do so with bet365 given the extra juice in the current price.

Having drifted out to around 9/4 (3.25) when Liverpool looked to be well on their way, the reigning champions have since regained favouritism in the title race betting, priced at 8/11 (1.73).

While the Reds have a game in hand over their nearest rivals, that clash is against Manchester United this weekend and the bookmakers currently believe it is the holders – who also have a goal difference that is 10 superior to Jurgen Klopp’s side – that are in pole position to retain their domestic crown.

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As the online bookmaker don’t offer a multiple bet of City to win in each of the four outright markets, this wager is available in Team Outright Wins which is found under the Outrights menu in their football section via desktop, mobile or app.

Already in the final of the Carabao Cup, Pep Guaridola’s star-studded squad are just 3/10 (1.30) to get the better of Chelsea at Wembley later this month.

Their FA Cup victory against Newport County on Saturday night means City have secured their spot in the quarter-finals of that competition too.

With several big names such as Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal already out of the running and another set to exit as Chelsea host Manchester United on Monday, the Citizens are just Even money (2.0) to lift the trophy on May 18.

Manchester City trophies betting preview

The Champions League is the toughest test of course but City’s last 16 opponents Schalke are expected to pose few problems for a team that topped their group, netting 16 goals in the process.

Qualification for the next round is just 1/66 (1.02) with bet365 and although tougher tests await a side that have failed to produce in the latter stages of the competition in the past, the same firm still make them 3/1 (4.0) market principles for European glory.

While it’s true that City have had some kind draws in the domestic cups this term, that almost certainly won’t be the case in Europe with no notable exits ahead of the knockout rounds getting underway.

Sergio Aguero has hit a purple patch in front of goal – netting nine goals in his last six games – but the strength in depth that Guardiola can call upon means City are better equipped to target such a haul of silverware better than anyone else.

Further progress in one competition could distract from their prospects in another of course, but at 16/1 (17.0) the bookmakers aren’t writing off the possibility of Guardiola overseeing a trophy-laden end to the campaign.

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‘Martial is back to a very, very good level’ – Man Utd resurgence welcomed by France boss Deschamps

France manager Didier Deschamps has heaped praise on Anthony Martial for returning to a “very, very good level” for Manchester United following a strained relationship with Jose Mourinho.

Martial has returned to form since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s arrival in the Old Trafford dugout, scoring two goals and assisting another in his last four appearances while also penning a new long-term contract.

The 23-year-old has played a pivotal role in the Red Devils’ revival under Solskjaer, with the Manchester club now winning 11 of their 13 games under his management.

On the international scene, Martial also now seems to be impressing his France coach and could be set for a recall to the squad.

Deschamps decided to leave the forward at home during France’s World Cup triumph in Russia last summer, but has praised his recent form for his club side.

“It’s always difficult to know what can happen but all players can have a period when they are less successful on the pitch,” Deschamps said at Laureus World Sports Awards on Monday.

“It’s certainly related to confidence, it can be related to the relationship they have with their coach. It happens every season, for all players.

“Anthony Martial is back at a very, very good level.”

The France manager also hinted the United star could be back on the international scene if he keeps up his consistent performances.

“He’s often decisive. He had some physical problems too,” Deschamps added. “He is a player who was with us at Euro 2016, he was not there for the World Cup but he is one of the players we regularly follow.

“He is a young player who is gaining maturity also because he started very early in Manchester United and with the French national team too.

“There are always difficult moments but in terms of potential, he has everything you need to be at the highest level.”

United’s next fixture is against Liverpool on Sunday, but Martial faces a race against time to be fit for the clash following his injury in the club’s recent 2-0 loss to Paris Saint-Germain.

The forward had to be substituted off after 45 minutes with a groin injury, with Solskjaer admitting at the time he could be out for “two to three weeks”.

Following United’s clash against Jurgen Klopp’s side, they then face Crystal Palace on February 27.

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