Bayern star Muller banned for both Liverpool games
- Thomas Muller has been banned for both clashes against Liverpool in the Champions League's Round of 16.
- The German received a direct red card for a reckless challenge against Ajax's Nicolas Tagliafico back in the group stage.
As it's been revealed by UEFA, Bayern attacker Thomas Muller has been banned for both clashes against Liverpool in the Champions League's Round of 16 by the organization's disciplinary committee. The German's reckless tackle against Ajax's Nicolas Tagliafico, which led to the Dutch team's player needing staples, convinced the panel to impose a two-game ban on the 29-year-old after a direct red card had been shown for the challenge.
Although Muller's influence on the German heavyweights' game has slightly decreased in a recent couple of seasons, the versatile attacker remains one of the strongest and most reliable players in Nico Kovac's side. Thomas has played 25 games in all competitions for the Munich-based club this term so far, scoring 5 goals and providing 6 more assists.
Liverpool were drawn against Bayern at December UEFA ceremony in Switzerland. The first leg will take place at Anfield on February 19, the return leg scheduled for March 13. The Reds boss Jurgen Klopp, who knows a lot about the opponents, didn't look that worried with the draw anyway:
"Difficult. Good draw," the boss told Liverpoolfc.com. "It was clear it would be difficult [and] they are obviously a top side. For me it’s nice, going to Germany. But it’s just the draw. So we have now time to prepare the game, a lot of time obviously, and hopefully, we have all our players available then. It will be a tough one, an interesting one, and I am looking forward to it."