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Result: Bayern Munich hold Liverpool in Anfield stalemate

Liverpool and Bayern Munich play out a goalless first leg in their Champions League last-16 tie at Anfield.

Liverpool have been left frustrated by German champions Bayern Munich at Anfield in a goalless first leg to their Champions League last-16 tie.

Goals were predicted on Merseyside in a battle between two five-time champions of this competition, but shots on target were few and far between on a night of little drama.

Joel Matip squandered the best opportunity of the match in the first half and Sadio Mane also came close on a couple of occasions, though the Reds could not find a breakthrough and now have a tough task in the reverse fixture in three weeks' time.

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson saves from Joel Matip during the Champions League clash with Bayern Munich on February 19, 2019© Reuters

Bayern had failed to score on their previous three visits to Anfield and they lacked a cutting edge throughout the contest.

Kingsley Coman blasted the ball into the side-netting following a poor pass from Alisson Becker, who looked just as nervy as his makeshift backline at times.

The visitors' best opportunity of the contest came via Liverpool defender Matip as he directed Gnabry's cross towards his own goal, but it ricocheted off Alisson's face in a real let-off.

Liverpool's Naby Keita attempts a bicycle kick during the Champions League clash with Bayern Munich on February 19, 2019© Reuters

Liverpool created more opportunities at the other end but failed to convert any of them, with Mohamed Salah shooting straight at Manuel Neuer when getting on the end of a fine deep pass from Jordan Henderson, before heading wide after ghosting in at the back post.

Mane also sent a shot wide on the spin and was wayward with another, while Matip slotted a glorious opportunity the wrong side of Neuer's post in the best of the game's chances.

Not since April 2017 had Bayern failed to attempt a single shot on target in the first half of a Champions League match, and they did not improve much in that regard in the second 45.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp watches on during the Champions League clash with Bayern Munich on February 19, 2019© Reuters

Liverpool continued creating the odd chance, seeing Salah squander a decent opening when Andrew Robertson's pass made it into his path at the back post.

Gnabry then had Alisson scrambling with his shot from 20 yards as Bayern focused on counter-attacks, while at the other end of the field the English hosts were growing increasingly frustrated.

Despite his side lacking ideas in the final third, Jurgen Klopp held off from making a change until 15 minutes from time when Divock Origi and James Milner were introduced.

James Rodriguez and Robertson both flashed shots well wide, but the closest either side came to a late winner was Liverpool when Mane got in front of his man and nearly picked out the bottom corner with his header, forcing Neuer into a smart save down low.

LIVERPOOL (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Fabinho, Robertson; Wijnaldum, Henderson, Keita (Milner 76'); Mane, Salah, Firmino (Origi 76')

BAYERN MUNICH (4-2-3-1): Neuer; Kimmich, Sule, Hummels, Alaba; Thiago, Martinez; Gnabry (Rafinha 91'), Rodriguez (Sanches 88'), Coman (Ribery 81'); Lewandowski

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Robert Lewandowski celebrates scoring for Bayern Munich on January 27, 2019
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1Liverpool31237170185276
2Manchester CityMan City30242479215874
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs30201957322561
4Arsenal30186663392460
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd30177658401858
6Chelsea30176750331757
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves30128103836244
8Watford30127114244-243
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham31126134146-542
10Leicester CityLeicester31125144043-341
11Everton31117134342140
12Bournemouth31115154356-1338
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle3198143140-935
14Crystal Palace3096153641-533
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2996143242-1033
16Southampton3079143450-1630
17Burnley3186173559-2430
18Cardiff CityCardiff3084182757-3028
19Fulham3145222970-4117
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield3135231857-3914

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