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BAYERN MUNICH fans held a banner in protest against high away ticket prices for both sets of fans when they faced Liverpool in the Champions League at Anfield on Tuesday night.
“The greed knows no limits, twenty’s plenty,” it read, reflecting similar movements led by fans across England. Anfield applauded in strong agreement.
Bayern fans had been welcomed in Liverpool during the days leading up to the game, as flags of both clubs littered the city centre. The German visitors supported the Twenty’s Plenty campaign launched by the Football Supporters’ Federation back in January 2013. It has led to a cap of £30 on away tickets in the Premier League, but problems remain in other competitions including the Champions League.
Bayern supporters found like-minded people in Liverpool, and this show of unity was one of the standout moments in a 0-0 draw that didn’t quite live up to its billing on the pitch.
“It’s not the result or the game we dreamed of,” said Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp. “There was a big ballyhoo before the game and not a lot of things happened in the game, but it was an intense one. You saw the respect both teams had for each other.”
Following one of the most rousing renditions of “You’ll Never Walk Alone” before kickoff, which drowned out the Champions League anthem, the fans had little to shout about.
Sadio Mane missed Liverpool’s best chance, skewing a shot wide after Naby Keita’s deflected shot landed at his feet.
Bayern’s most dangerous moment came when Liverpool centre back Joel Matip made a wayward clearance which, luckily for him, went straight at his goalkeeper, Alisson.
Two chances fell to Matip in attack, but it was a case of the home side having the wrong man in the right place as he missed both opportunities.
“I can’t remember that many clubs that have not lost and not conceded at Anfield, as Liverpool are a sensationally good team,” said Bayern boss Niko Kovac. “Defensively my team kept everything tight at the back and played a high level tactically and mentally.
“We are at home next, which is an advantage and we will play in front of 75,000.”
An away goal in Munich next month would be massive for Liverpool, and Klopp believes that it will slowly dawn on Bayern that in reality they do not have the advantage going into the second game.
“At this moment I think Bayern feels a bit better than we do,” he added. “But we have three weeks and day by day the result will feel a bit better for us and worse for Bayern because 0-0 is the best draw you can get.”
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