Franck Ribery sends message to Liverpool ahead of Champions League clash

Franck Ribery has stoked the flames ahead of Bayern Munich’s crucial Champions League last-16 showdown with Liverpool next week, insisting he and his teammates are “not afraid” of their rivals.

The German side’s second-leg encounter with their Premier League opponents remains finely poised after the goalless draw in the first leg at Anfield last month.

Jurgen Klopp takes his silverware-chasing squad to the Allianz Arena next Wednesday looking to go one better than last year, which saw them beaten by Real Madrid in the 2018 final.

But Ribery sees no reason why Bayern can’t get their better of their English rivals and book their place in the last-eight of Europe’s elite club competition.

Franck Ribery came on as a substitute in the first leg against the Reds

He told BILD : “We are in a good mood and play at home. Liverpool have a strong side but we are Bayern.

“We have confidence in our good performances, not afraid of Liverpool.

“If we play together and fight, then we can move into the quarter-finals, then we have a real chance.”

At 35 years old, the former France international isn’t getting any younger but he is hopeful of playing a part against Liverpool.

Ribery smiles as he warms up ahead of Liverpool showdown

He added: “The games against Liverpool are very important. I’m really motivated.

“If you play in the Champions League, it’s a very special feeling, that’s a different atmosphere. I’m fit for the game, I could play!

“The decision lies with Niko Kovac, but we have a very good relationship and a lot of trust.”

Ribery has made 27 appearances in all competitions this season, netting five goals and proving one assist for the German giants.

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