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Prior to the game against Bayern Munich : The Liverpool FC stutters a bit

Mr Hamann, FC Bayern are not in front of the duel with Liverpool apparently Mohamed Salah and Jürgen Klopp in focus, but you.

I think that sets up for the game. Then we will talk again about Salah, Klopp and the other protagonists.

Has it hit you that Bayern's sporting Director Hasan Salihamidzic has been accused of a campaign against Robert Lewandowski, because they had criticised the striker?

no. I don't know what moves the Bavaria say the so-and-so to be interpreted.

does not Is perhaps just a distraction, because it is sporty and at the record Champions, as expected, the responsible?

Oh, you'd have to ask Bayern. I have no opinion. I would not presume to judge.

When comparing the Bayern and Liverpool can judge, by contrast, hardly anyone as good as you. They have long played for both clubs. How would you compare the associations of their styles with each other?

Liverpool is a working city. There's a different clientele in the stadium than Bayern. Otherwise, both clubs are to weight European difficult. In the seventies and eighties, these two clubs have dominated European club football: FC Bayern won three times, the European Cup and Liverpool four times. Both clubs have a huge Tradition with absolute world-class players. This makes the duel this Time so special.

And which club is closer to you: your youth club Bayern – despite all of the squabbles – or your heart club Liverpool?

I'm divided. I had the longest and most successful time of my career in Liverpool. On the other hand, I would have ended up without the Bavaria never in Liverpool. Therefore, I am Hermann Gerland and Franz Beckenbauer, the let me for the first Time for Bayern to play, committed a lot of thanks. Even though it may sound trite: I hope that the Better after two Games. But I have no preference.

you Have a tendency?

This is incredibly difficult. I think Bayern have a better Chance than many give them credit for.

Why?

With Virgil van Dijk is Liverpool's most important defender. He keeps on the Defensive all together. Since then, he plays for Liverpool, has stabilized the team in this area is scary. With him, the head is missing from the team. Liverpool is situated in the Offensive very well, but the defense is without van Dijk, the Achilles ' heel. Without him, Bayern have better chances to achieve the one or the other goal. Anyway, I think that the Munich have firmed slightly and Liverpool a bit of a stutter. In addition, the respect for German teams, especially Bayern is in Liverpool.

But also the residents of Munich have a hard time currently, particularly in the Defensive. And now Jerome Boateng fails due to a gastro-intestinal infection.

In defense you need to sell in any case better than in the past Games. Because even in games where a lot of them were very superior, they have conceded time and again gates. This should not happen to them against Liverpool, of course. This is a very quick, counter-strong team. Since Bayern need to be careful.

Liverpool is a difficult patch for German clubs. In the European Cup, there has been at 18 to Try and still not a single victory of a German club. Why is it so difficult?

First of all, had Liverpool in the past 30, 40 years, always excellent teams. It is not easy to pass there. And then in Anfield, of course, always a great atmosphere. The anthem plays a major role. If "You'sing ll never walk alone" before the game, you get not only in the stands, goose bumps, but also in the players ' tunnel. And one is reminded of the many great games that were there already. Anfield is one of the oldest stadiums, it was increased, but otherwise, you leave much like I used to. It is the most venerable stadium that there is in the European or even world football. And it has lost none of that special Aura.

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this Can distract you on the field then?

no, it is always a sinister Motivation, when you play for the home team. When you hear the Cheers, it makes you bigger. And the opponent this atmosphere is intimidating, of course. For me as a player it was always the most Beautiful to play every two weeks in front of the Fans in Anfield.

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