Liverpool defender Andy Robertson feels his team's goalless home draw with Bayern Munich can be crucial to their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League quarter-finals though he reckons the German side will be happier with Tuesday's result.
Indeed, Gnabry tormented Liverpool all evening, dribbling past players at will and despite failing to get a clear sight of goal, he gave more than enough to suggest this was a player far removed from the one fans saw back in his Arsenal and West Bromwich days. The coach set up the team perfectly and they were rewarded with this result.
One of the concerns for Liverpool coming into the game was the unavailability of their regular center-back pairing of Virgil Van Dijk and Joe Gomez, one of whom is suspended while the other is out injured since December. At times he took a couple of chances with his tackling, but he always got it right.
The duo will lock horns for the second-leg over in Germany on Wednesday 13th March.
Earlier this month, Premier League clubs had unanimously agreed to keep the 30 pounds cap on away ticket prices for the next three seasons but that does not apply to Champions League games.
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This will undoubtedly be one of Liverpool's more hard league games between now and the end of the season.
What is a good result for Liverpool? Then a 0-0 over there would have been enough or if we draw 1-1, but that's now enough as well.
Joshua Kimmich was booked for a foul on Mane, meaning he will miss the second leg in Munich, and with a little over half an hour gone Mane scuffed wide on the turn after Naby Keita's strike deflected to him. They were twice forced to come back from behind in their latest victory at Augsburg, where they squeaked out a 3-2 victory.
It is no accident that Bayern have reached the semi-finals of this competition in six of the last seven seasons and they showed their pragmatic calmness to subdue Liverpool's normally lively front three.
It would have been easy for them to pour forward to try to break Bayern down in the second half, but they kept their shape and produced a disciplined and mature performance.
"Partnerships are built by being familiar with your partner and playing on a regular basis and you build that bond between you", Ferdinand said on BT Sport.