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Gnabry: Liverpool are favourites, but we are Bayern

11:00 EAT 18/02/2019
Serge Gnabry Bayern Munich Bundesliga 2018
The German winger says the public has reason to back the Reds, but he is confident his side can get the job done in the Champions League last 16

Serge Gnabry says the public has reason to back Liverpool, but the German winger has faith Bayern Munich can overcome the Reds in their Champions League round of 16 clash.

Liverpool are set to host Bayern at Anfield on Tuesday in the first leg of a heavyweight European tie.

The Reds currently sit level on points with Manchester City atop the Premier League table despite having played one match fewer than their title rivals.

With their run of league form, Liverpool are seen as the favourites in their upcoming meeting with the German champions, but Gnabry says Bayern certainly have a chance to win.

"I do not think the public is wrong. Liverpool is playing a very strong season, you cannot deny that," Gnabry told Goal.

"That's okay. But that does not mean that we go into the game and say, 'There is nothing to get.' On the contrary: We have our strengths, we are Bayern. Everything is possible."

Bayern will be forced to deal with Liverpool's lethal attack, led by Mohamed Salah, who leads the Premier League with 17 goals this season.

Sadio Mane has added 12 goals of his own while Roberto Firmino is one goal away from reaching double digits.

As a winger, Gnabry says he can learn from all three of Liverpool's stars, but he sees a different player as equally important to Liverpool's Champions League challenge.

"Georginio Wijnaldum. When I watch Liverpool games, he's everywhere," Gnabry said.

"He works in the background, bridging the spaces between defence and midfield and has a very large impact on the Liverpool game."

Bayern currently sit second in the Bundesliga, two points behind Borussia Dortmund, who have a game in hand.

Having conceded multiple goals in three of their last four games, Gnabry says Bayern's defence will be vital and will have to improve to extend their Champions League run.

"It has been seen that you cannot afford fails in the Bundesliga," Gnabry said.

"Of these we have had too many lately, we conceded too many goals. We have to turn that off.

"Liverpool mercilessly exploits such mistakes with its three fast offensive players."