Liverpool were forced to settle for a 0-0 draw against Bayern
Munich in the Champions League last-16 first leg on Tuesday.
Here are three things we learned from a hard-fought Anfield
Klopp frustrated by Bayern again
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was back in conflict with Bayern
after spending seven years jousting with the German giants when
he in charge at Borussia Dortmund.
Klopp twice knocked them off their perch to win the Bundesliga,
but Bayern handed the German one of the most painful defeats of
his career when they beat Dortmund in the last seconds of the
2013 Champions League final at Wembley.
It is a loss that still gnaws at Klopp, who this week confirmed
he almost became Bayern manager in 2008 before joining Dortmund a
Bayern instead appointed Jurgen Klinsmann and Klopp would dearly
love to exact a measure of revenge for both that snub and the
Champions League final agony.
However, after Liverpool were stifled by Bayern's defensive
masterclass, Klopp will head home to Germany for next month's
second leg facing a tough task to get the upper hand at last.
Fabinho fills in nicely
With Virgil van Dijk suspended and Joe Gomez and Dejan Lovren
both injured, Klopp was forced to play Brazilian midfielder
Fabinho out of position at centre-back alongside Joel Matip.
Fabinho had filled in as a makeshift defender against Wolves and
Brighton earlier this season, but neither of those teams had a
forward of Robert Lewandowski's class.
Top-scorer in the Champions League this season with eight goals,
Bayern star Lewandowski was looking to net for a fifth
consecutive game in the competition.
But, with Fabinho in fine form, Lewandowski barely had a sniff
His one moment of genuine menace ended with Fabinho producing a
timely block to scramble the ball to safety as the Poland striker
prepared to pull the trigger.
It helped that Klopp knew all about Lewandowski and how to subdue
him after the pair worked together so successfully at Dortmund.
Lewandowski netted 16 Champions League goals for Dortmund under
Klopp and had scored another 36 in the tournament since joining
But Fabinho and Matip ensured Lewandowski wasn't able to extend
that impressive run as Liverpool's unbeaten home record in
European matches reached 20 matches.
Bayern restore German pride
With three English clubs pitted against German opposition in the
last 16, two of football's most historic countries are engaged in
a battle for national pride and European progress.
Tottenham drew first blood for England with a 3-0 rout of
Borussia Dortmund at Wembley last week, while Manchester City
travel to Schalke on Wednesday.
Liverpool were favourites to make it at least two first-leg
victories for the Premier League.
But, for all the talk of Bayern being a fading force after they
surrendered top spot in the Bundesliga for much of this season,
their fine recent European record stood them in good stead on a
typically raucous night at Anfield.
Having reached at least the semi-finals of the Champions League
in six of the last seven seasons, Bayern were never likely to be
rattled by Liverpool or their vociferous fans.
Setting out with a cautious game plan, Bayern, the last German
club to win the tournament in 2013, didn't have a shot on target
for over 80 minutes.
But crucially they managed to subdue Liverpool's usually lethal
forward line, keeping the Bundesliga in with a chance of having
at least one team in the quarter-finals.