Ex-Liverpool captain Sami Hyypia is confident about Liverpool’s chances of overcoming Bayern Munich ahead of their Champions League tie.
The first leg at Anfield is on Tuesday night, with Jurgen Klopp having a somewhat depleted line-up in defence with Dejan Lovren and Joe Gomez injured, while Virgil van Dijk is suspended.
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However, the former defender, who managed Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen between 2009 and 2011 believes Bayern’s main weakness is defending counter-attacks.
Speaking to The Liverpool ECHO, Hyypia said: “Bayern haven’t done that well in their domestic league this season but they are still dangerous.
“We cannot afford to underestimate them. We have to go full on in both these games.
“Virgil [Van Dijk] will be missed but I’m not too worried. That creates an opportunity for someone else to step up and take more responsibility. There are other players who can take his place.
“We need to be very sharp from the off in the first game. Ideally, you want a lead to take over to Munich.
“I know Bayern quite well and I think their weakness is in defending counter-attacks. We aren’t that bad at counter-attacks and I can see us scoring a few goals against Bayern in that manner over the two legs.”
The likes of Gary Neville have suggested Klopp’s men would benefit more if they concentrated on their Premier League title challenge instead of fighting in Europe as well.
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But Hyypia, who was part of the Liverpool team that won the Champions League in spectacular style in 2005, believes the current crop of Reds players can handle competing in two competitions.
He added: “We were in the final of the Champions League last year and the mindset will be to go one step further.
“We made some great additions to the squad last summer and the team is looking even stronger. There’s no reason why we can’t go all the way this time around.
“Just because Liverpool are doing so well in the Premier League that doesn’t mean that the Champions League becomes less important.
“It’s going to be tough but it’s possible. You want to keep challenging for both trophies for as long as possible.
“It makes it more interesting for the supporters. This is what they want – seeing their team competing for the two biggest trophies.”