Salihamidzic and Bayern not daunted by 'special' Anfield atmosphere

Liverpool hosts Bayern Munich at Anfield on Tuesday, but Hasan Salihamidzic says they will not be intimidated by the atmosphere.

Liverpool fans at Anfield   -  Getty Images

Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic is excited about the prospect of seeing his side play against Liverpool at Anfield on Tuesday, but insists they are not daunted by the famous atmosphere. 

The Reds host Bayern on Merseyside in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie, as the two sides get their knockout campaigns started. 

Liverpool reached the final last season, with its form at home proving vital as it avoided defeat in every match in front of its own supporters. 

That run has continued into this season, Liverpool winning all three of its home group games, while its only Anfield defeat in any competition in 2018-19 was a 2-1 loss to Chelsea in the EFL Cup in September.

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Salihamidzic is aware of the revered atmosphere at the stadium and while eager to experience it, he is convinced Bayern knows how to handle such environments. 

"We know what atmosphere to expect, what a beautiful stadium [Anfield] it is and how hard it is to play there, that's why we have to play with passion, but with a cool head," he told reporters.

Hasan Salihamidzic of Bayern Munich   -  Bongarts

 

"I think we have a really good mix between experienced players who can calm down a game and the boys who are on fire, that can really bring speed in a game.

"Of course, you have to keep a cool head, but also keep in mind that this will be a tense game.

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"We have the experience, we have players who have played a lot of games at this level. Therefore, I assume that we are 100 per cent ready for it.

"Sadly, I never got to play there [Anfield] as a player, but I'm excited anyway to see the atmosphere.

"It will be intense, but it is like that also in the other stadiums, in Spain, in the other English stadiums or in the Bundesliga.

"It will be a duel of the highest level, I think, and I'm excited about that. To see Anfield is very special."