Liverpool can help the Premier League make history on Wednesday if they beat Bayern Munich and go through to the quarterfinals of the Champions League.
Jurgen Klopp will be hoping his side can progress to the last eight with a win or score draw over his former Bundesliga rivals. Doing so would ensure four English teams make it through after Manchester City beat Schalke 7-0 on Tuesday evening.
Spurs and Manchester United are also through to the last eight after beating Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain respectively last week. The only domestic competition to have had four sides make it to the quarterfinals is the Premier League and Liverpool could help them equal this record with victory in Munich this evening.
The Reds hold an advantage over Bayern in that they don’t need to go gung-ho after they held their opponents to a goalless draw at Anfield. As Michael Owen pointed out, the away goal rule is in the Reds favour in Germany.
There is the argument that Liverpool would benefit from an early Champions League exit – their Premier League title bid would receive a considerable boost; but European nights under the lights are something Reds fans crave.
The 4-2 win over a rugged Burnley side at the weekend will serve to provide sufficient confidence heading into a hugely tactical battle at the Allianz this evening. A win tonight for the Reds will also serve as a morale boost for Klopp’s men and could propel them forward in the league.
With Virgil van Dijk back in central defence and Fabinho now able to return to central midfield as a result, Liverpool should feel as though they can go to Munich and nick a result.