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Monday, February 18, 2019

Reasons why European clubs try so hard to avoid Liverpool in the Champions League

On Tuesday evening Liverpool will take on Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

It's a mouthwatering clash and Anfield is set to deliver another one of it's incredibly famous European nights under the lights in the first leg of the Round of 16 match.

The Round of 16 was established back in the 2003/04 season to replace the the Second Group Stage which existed previously.

Since then, this round of the competition has produced just over 2.6 goals per leg, that’s a massive 644 goals in 244 games played amongst Europe’s elite.

This stage of the competition invites plenty of excitement and suspense, with 11 previous ties going to extra time and six going all the way to penalties.

Liverpool have a sensational record in this round of the Champions League and are rightly feared as one of the most difficult teams to play in Europe.

The Reds have the second highest tie win percentage with 83.3% out of any club in Europe and the only team to better that is Barcelona with the La Liga giants having won 85.7% of all their Round of 16 games, according to TheSportsman .

Barcelona have only ever been eliminated twice in the Round of 16 with one of those defeats coming in a match-up against Liverpool.
Why Bayern Munich can help Liverpool win the Premier League.

When it comes to stability at the back, Liverpool and Atletico Madrid have only conceded 1.2 goals in the ties they’ve participated in on average while Manchester United are third best on 1.8.

Of course this first match against Bayern is at Anfield but the second leg will be played at the Allianz Arena.

Fortunately for Jurgen Klopp, the Reds have by far the best away winning record of any team in the Round of 16 having won 83.3% of their away matches, which is almost 28% more than Juventus who have the second best record at 55.6%.

Liverpool, the Champions League and the Anfield truth Bayern Munich know better than most.

Statistics rarely tell the full story and it will be an incredibly hard-fought contest with the Bundesliga defending champions but the historical omens highlighted here certainly weigh in Liverpool's favour.

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