​Former ​Liverpool and ​Bayern Munich midfielder Dietmar Hamann has claimed that the German side would not have wanted to play the Reds in the round of 16, and will need to avoid defeat at Anfield to progress.

Bayern and Liverpool go head-to-head in the ​Champions League round of 16, with the first leg at Anfield. The English side are currently battling ​Manchester City in the ​Premier League for the title while the defending ​Bundesliga champions trail leaders ​Borussia Dortmund.

Hamann, who has had great success with both the clubs, has warned the Bavarian giants that they will need to avoid defeat at Anfield if they want to progress to the quarter-finals.

“It was the draw Bayern didn’t want. Getting Liverpool was probably the hardest one out of the hat in terms of facing one of the second-placed teams,” he told the Liverpool Echo.

“Liverpool have been going strong in the Premier League. They had a couple of average games after the turn of the year but they came back to form against Bournemouth. On the other hand, you have a team in Bayern Munich who are very fragile at the moment. Even when they do control games they give away a lot of chances and goals.”

“I think if Bayern want to have a chance in the second leg they need to score and they must not lose at Anfield,” he concluded.

It remains to be seen who will come out on top in this high profile tie, with Liverpool distracted by the chance to win their first ever Premier League title. 

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