Virgil van Dijk has called on Liverpool to end their European travel sickness to prolong their double pursuit of honours this season.
Jurgen Klopp takes his side to Munich for this week’s round of 16 second-leg tie seeking to reverse a worrying trend of away defeats in the Champions League. Liverpool lost all three group fixtures, meaning they have been beaten in their last five European games away from Anfield, including last year’s final in Kiev.
A score draw against Bayern in the Allianz Arena would be enough to make the quarter-final this year, but there will have to be a marked improvement on the successive losses in Paris, Naples and Belgrade.
“We need to be up for a big fight because they are probably going to come all in, especially in the beginning,” said Van Dijk.
“They played very well here, kept it tight, especially at the back, and they obviously showed us a lot of respect. They changed a bit the way they played I think, so it is going to be tough and we need to do better than we did in the last away games in the Champions League.