Bayern Munich defender Joshua Kimmich is of the opinion that Liverpool's consistency under Jurgen Klopp puts the Premier League side in the driver's seat ahead of their UEFA Champions League round of 16 clash.
The Bundesliga champions will do duty against the Reds in the first leg of their round of 16 tie at Anfield on Tuesday night, and Kimmich has outlined the magnitude of their task, citing the Merseysiders' domestic and European form guide.
"Liverpool are the favourites," the Germany star was quoted as telling the Daily Telegraph.
"They have lost one league game all season and have let in only 15 goals. But when you look at us, we are not as consistent as before.
"Now, it's a bit different. It's a chance to develop, to find new ways to success. We are close to Dortmund, in the quarter-finals of the DFB-Pokal, and still in the Champions League.
"So, not everything's bad. But we need to improve our style of playing before we can compare to the best teams in Europe."
Kimmich also spoke of his admiration for Liverpool boss Klopp.
"It's amazing, the emotion he (Klopp) has, on the field, with the fans," the fullback continued.
"You can see how he pushes his players to another level. Every player is better with this coach."
Kimmich then revealed how Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola helped him reach the top of his game during the former FC Barcelona mentor's stint at Bayern.
"When I came to Bayern, I was a second-division player. For me, it was a new world," Kimmich added.
"Pep showed me a lot, he showed me the spaces on the pitch. I improved just from training. He was amazing.
"Soon, I was a national player, competing in the European Championship. He changed me. He inspired me."
Bayern have advanced beyond the round of 16 in the past seven consecutive UCL campaigns, but will come up against a Liverpool outfit who enjoy a dominant record over German opposition at home in European competitions – in 20 European games played at home against German clubs, they won 17 and drew the other three fixtures, according to Euro Cups History.
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