Michael Owen explains why he is confident Liverpool will beat Bayern Munich

23 Aug 1997:  Michael Owen of Liverpool celebrates a goal during the FA Carling Premiership match against B''ackburn Rovers at Ewood Park in Blackburn, England \ Mandatory Credit: Gary M...

Liverpool will travel to Bayern Munich to play the Bundesliga leaders in the Champions League round of 16 clash at the Allianz Arena.

23 Aug 1997:  Michael Owen of Liverpool celebrates a goal during the FA Carling Premiership match against B''ackburn Rovers at Ewood Park in Blackburn, England \ Mandatory Credit: Gary M...

Michael Owen insists he is confident that Liverpool will knock Bayern Munich out of the Champions League at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday night, speaking to the Liverpool Echo.

Arguably the stand-out tie of the round of 16 is balanced on a night edge heading into tonight’s second leg in Germany.

Bayern held Liverpool to a goalless draw at Anfield three weeks ago, with the profligate Sadio Mane wasting the Merseyside giants’ best chances to take a lead to Munich.

Niko Kovac’s side have been in ominous form since the side’s first meeting, winning their last two games with an aggregate scoreline of 11-1 to overhaul Borussia Dortmund at the top of the Bundesliga table.

 

But Owen still believes that Liverpool have more than enough to bring Bayern’s resurgence to an end.

"Liverpool of course have conceded a couple of goals against Burnley, but in general they have been looking as solid as a rock at the back,” the Anfield legend said.

"It's feast or famine at the moment up front. They are either not scoring or scoring fours and fives, but we know there are goals in there and Bayern Munich are on a nice little run, too.

Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Munich celebrates with Serge Gnarby after scoring his team's second goal during the Bundesliga match between FC Bayern Muenchen and VfL Wolfsburg at Allianz...

"They scored plenty of goals at the weekend [beating Wolsfburg 6-0] but it's not the best Bayern team I've ever seen. They aren't streaking clear at the top of the Bundesliga, so I'm pretty confident."

Bayern have looked back to their best recently but Owen has a point. This is not a vintage side like the one that conquered Europe under Jupp Heynckes in 2013 or the one who dominated the German football landscape during the reign of Pep Guardiola.

The likes of Thomas Muller, Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummells, who were all dropped indefinitely from the Germany squad last week are past their best, while Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery and co are well into their thirties.

Bayern Munich's French midfielder Franck Ribery (L) and Bayern Munich's Dutch midfielder Arjen Robben celebrate their team's second goal during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final...

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