Manuel Neuer on why Bayern Munich don’t fear ‘special’ Anfield ahead of Liverpool Champions League clash
Manuel Neuer believes Bayern Munich have nothing to fear from Anfield ahead of their Champions League clash with Liverpool later this month.
‘Famous Anfield European nights’ are part and parcel of the Reds’ illustrious, continental history with many a side falling foul to the special atmosphere built for such occasions.
In Jürgen Klopp’s time on the red half of Merseyside alone, Liverpool have memorably seen off the threat of the likes of AS Roma, Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund in front of their home fans.
Prior to this season’s round-of-16 tie, Bayern Munich remained the only major European giant not to have faced off against the Reds since they first competed in the Champions League in 2001/02.
And while Bayern’s players are well aware of Liverpool’s European pedigree, Neuer is looking forward to his first taste of Anfield and confident the Bavarians can produce a famous European night of their own.
"We have heard a lot about the atmosphere in the stadium,” he told ESPN. “Everyone who watches football knows it's special, and I think they will be two great games.
"For us, the Champions League is very important. It is a knockout tie, two finals. We are happy to play in their stadium.
"It's the first game for me at Anfield. I'm looking forward to playing there.
"Hopefully, it will be great night for us. But it depends on the result, of course."
Meanwhile, team-mate James Rodriguez is also confident of Bayern progressing in the competition at Liverpool's expense.
"I'm very much looking forward to facing Liverpool," he told Bild. "You can't make mistakes in these games.
"I think we can cause Liverpool problems. We have a team that can go through if it goes well."Link
Looking forward to this one very much. I have every confidence in our lads, the boss and all of you Reds going to Anfield on the night to make it another one to remember.