Bayern Munich attacker Arjen Robben has admitted that Anfield is his bogey ground ahead of his side’s trip there to face Liverpool in the Champions League last 16 next Tuesday.
During his time with Chelsea, the veteran Dutch winger twice lost Champions League semi-finals (2005 and 2007) to Liverpool, and the 35-year-old has opened up about what it was like to face the Reds side of that period.
“I think, if you ask [about] the worst stadium for me, it’s probably Liverpool,” Robben told the Guardian.
“You always have your favourite opponent and there always has to be a negative one.
“At that time [Liverpool] were really capable of being this cup fighter team, also in the FA Cup or [League] Cup.
“In one or two games they could really live up to it and perform; just not the whole season, which was maybe too much. That was their biggest quality: they were there at the moment they needed to be there.
Robben also praised the job Jurgen Klopp is doing at Liverpool and hinted that he feels the Reds are more focused on winning the Premier League than the Champions League this season.
“Now I think it changed and they developed really well. The manager has done a great job. Last year they were in the Champions League final and at the moment they are top [of the Premier League]. It’s a long, long time ago that they won the league and that’s the one they’re dreaming of.”