Liverpool will aim to continue a quirk of fate against German opposition when they face Bayern Munich in Wednesday’s Champions League last-16 second leg.
In the last three seasons that the Reds have met clubs from Germany they have not only won the tie but gone on to reach the final of the respective European competition.
Those doubles occurred in their successful 2005 Champions League campaign, the 2016 Europa League journey and last term’s adventure all the way from Hoffenheim to Kiev.
For more pre-match facts and figures, courtesy of club statistician Ged Rea, read on…
This is the fifth European tie that the clubs have met in, with the previous four including two that produced a goalless first leg.
In the 1971-72 Cup Winners’ Cup, Bayern progressed after a 3-1 victory in Munich; a 0-0 draw at Anfield in the 1981 European Cup semi-final was followed by a 1-1 draw in Germany, with Ray Kennedy’s goal meaning Liverpool reached the final and ultimately defeated Real Madrid in Paris.
Liverpool have not lost in their past seven matches played in the Round of 16 of this competition, winning five and drawing two with no goals conceded.
The last team to score against the Reds at this stage were FC Barcelona in 2007; the Spaniards won 1-0 at Anfield but had already lost 2-1 at Camp Nou.
Liverpool are unbeaten in their last nine clashes with German teams and have suffered only one loss in 19 since 1977 – a 4-2 defeat by Bayer Leverkusen in 2002.
Jürgen Klopp has won 15 of 19 two-legged ties in European competition in his managerial career. He has never lost a two-legged tie as Liverpool manager in Europe, winning all eight.
The Reds have progressed five times on away goals in European history, with three of those coming when they have played the away leg second. They last won on the ruling in 2007 when they eliminated Barcelona.
A yellow card for Andy Robertson in this game would see him miss the first leg of the quarter-final should Liverpool progress.
At home against English clubs, Bayern have won 15, with seven draws and three defeats. Those losses came at the hands of Norwich City (1-2) in the 1993-94 UEFA Cup, to Arsenal (0-2) at this stage of the 2012-13 Champions League (but they still progressed), and in the following season’s group stage when Manchester City won 3-2.
They have only lost two of their last 23 ties in UEFA competition when they have drawn the first leg away from home – the exceptions were Liverpool in 1981 and AC Milan in the 2006-07 Champions League quarter-final.
Bayern have lost just once at home this season, a 3-0 defeat against Borussia Monchengladbach in the Bundesliga back in October.
The only match in which they have failed to score since that loss was at Anfield in the first leg of this tie, Niko Kovac’s team having scored in the other 24 of their last 25 games.