​Bayern Munich manager Niko Kovac has warned that his team cannot repeat the kind of defensive lapses they have been making in recent games when they face ​Liverpool in the ​Champions League.

The Reds host Bayern at Anfield in the first leg of the round of 16 tie between the two teams, with the German side coming into the game having had to come from behind twice to win against Augsburg in the ​Bundesliga.

Kovac has said that his team would need to iron out any defending errors if they are to successfully negotiate the two-legged tie against the Reds.

“This [defensive mistakes] cannot happen to us at Liverpool. When my players at Liverpool start letting people go, especially with the front three there [Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino], then we will find ourselves in a very dangerous situation every minute,” he said, according to Goal.

“That’s why it’s important to have the ball to take responsibility and act in a disciplined way. Then you can defend something, but if you let the opponents run, then every team in the Bundesliga has the quality to score.”

“I think it felt like three shots from Augsburg and two of them scored. That’s what basically haunts us throughout the season – every shot is a goal. And if we don’t have the ball, we don’t act as I imagine. We know that our individual mistakes mostly result in goal,” he concluded.

Bayern Munich will be quietly confident that they will be able to get past Liverpool in the two-legged affair, but any lapses in concentration will certainly be punished by the Reds’ front three. 

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