Jurgen Klopp insists Liverpool are still firmly in contention for
a place in the Champions League quarter-finals despite their dour
0-0 draw against Bayern Munich on Tuesday.
Klopp's side were frustrated by a disciplined Bayern display in
the last-16 first leg at Anfield.
The usually free-scoring Reds now face a daunting task in the
second leg at the Allianz Arena on March 13.
Bundesliga champions Bayern have lost only two of their last 26
home Champions League games, winning 22 of those.
But Liverpool boss Klopp is convinced his side have nothing to
fear in Germany.
"The positive is of course the result is ok, the best draw we can
get. Yes we can play better, we should play better," Klopp said.
"The tie is not over. We said that. We had to create the basis
tonight that we can use in the second leg.
"It was a big fight. We had the bigger chances. It's not a dream
result but it is a good one. We can work with that."
Liverpool's progress to last season's Champions League final was
marked by a series of swaggering displays at Anfield.
But Klopp admitted the well-drilled Bayern defence didn't allow
Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane to click into gear.
"It was not a day when we clicked in the first minute. Bayern are
physically very strong and it was difficult to come through," he
"We made our lives more difficult with the last pass today.
"I don't know how often, at least 10 times there was a promising
situation or a good counter-attack. We immediately shot into
their legs, it doesn't make much sense.
"We had our moments but in these moments we have to score. Then
the game can change completely."
Klopp had expected Bayern, hit by injuries and suspension, to
adopt a cautious approach and the result was a hard-fought but
hardly action-packed encounter.
"When Bayern are in trouble, they get really serious like this.
That was how it was. I didn't expect them to play attacking
football," he said.
"We played against an outstanding side. I'm not over the moon,
but I'm completely ok with the result.
"It was not a game we will remember in 20 years."