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Klopp wary of Allianz Arena return with Liverpool


brings to to resume their battle against with the hosts billing Wednesday's last 16 return leg as an all or nothing showdown.

After a goalless draw at Anfield in the first leg three weeks ago, everything is to play for at

Klopp knows what awaits his Reds in the highly-charged arena where tend to raise their game and away teams face a barricade of whistles whenever they touch the ball.

"The four goals are all well and good," said Klopp after Liverpool's 4-2 win on Sunday at Burnley, with and both scoring twice.

"But what does that have to do with It will not be so easy to score four goals there as well."

The 51-year-old has a modest record of nine wins, five draws and 16 defeats in 30 games against the Bavarians -- as of either or former clubs and -- dating back to 2004.

However, in his seven seasons with Dortmund, between 2008 and 2015, Klopp managed an impressive four wins, plus a draw and four defeats, from nine games in

He tasted victory on his last visit to the in April 2015 when beat on penalties in the semi-final of the German Cup.

- Buoyant Bayern -


Klopp knows that his team must walk tall at Bayern's home.

"It's a much more positive moment for Bayern. They are top of the table and winning games comfortably again," Klopp told Liverpool's website.

Bayern have hit form, winning their last three games with a goal ratio of 12-1 since the first-leg draw.

"But if we are at our best, we can be exceptional." fans hope Reds' striker has a red-letter day in Munich after just one goal in his last eight games.

His lack of goals has not stopped Liverpool staying in contention for the title as Mane and Firmino have filled the breach.

The Liverpool match is seen as a season-defining tie for the German champions.

The five-time winners last failed to get through the last 16 stage in 2011 and confidence is high after they moved into top spot in the at the weekend for the first time since September.

"It's a very important game - everything is riding on this," said sporting

"The boys have put some more self-confidence in the tank," he added after Saturday's 6-0 mauling of Wolfsburg.

Bayern will be without the suspended Thomas Mueller, but will slot seamlessly into the attacking midfield role.

Like Klopp, the Colombian expects a red-hot atmosphere having proved his form with a stunning goal at the weekend.

"The fans will get right behind us and drive us on, so that we feel good and give our all," Rodriguez told Bayern's website.

"We will have to put in the perfect match in order to go through.

"Liverpool have quick players, who feel good when they get a lot of room, but I think we have every chance to go through."

- Point to prove -


German bookmakers agree and have made Bayern the slight favourites.

The tie needs no added spice, but and are still smarting after told them, along with Mueller, that their international careers are over.

The centre-backs will have a point to prove against Liverpool. At the other end, the Reds' Dutch defender will have to subdue Rodriguez and Bayern's record-breaking striker

The hot-shot became the Bundesliga's top-scoring foreigner on Saturday when he extended his tally to 197 goals.

So eager is Bayern head to protect his forward that

Lewandowski trained on his own on Monday as heavy snow fell in Munich.

"You need to be smart and more than 100 percent ready for anything," Van Dijk told com on countering the threat of Lewandowski, who scored eight goals in the group stages.

"If he's trying to run at you, trying to get past you, you need to be ready for that as well.

"You don't need to give any opportunities to those strikers because they will punish you and they will score.

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First Published: Tue, March 12 2019. 19:49 IST