In a surprisingly goalless night at Anfield, only a handful of players produced majestic attacking moments during Liverpool’s 0-0 draw against Bayern Munich.
While Mohamed Salah looked dangerous in his hunting ground and Sadio Mane missed crucial chances, Serge Gnabry’s sizzling work caught everyone’s eyes.
Niko Kovac had a cautious approach to the game and knowing Liverpool’s attacking threat, pegged his men backwards. However, the German winger wasn’t restricted at all, being allowed to trouble Andy Robertson with his movement. Having scored thrice in his last four appearances (stats via WhoScored), Gnabry arrived back in England a confident figure.
Right from the get-go, he looked menacing and showed real urgency to take on his man. He made quite the impact in the 12th minute when he skipped past Andy Robertson before fizzing in an inviting cross which struck Joel Matip. before Allison somehow saved with his body.
Gnabry didn’t stop after the strong start, always trying to create opportunities for his side and took a few swipes which blazed past the goal. He kept an 80% passing accuracy while completing two dribbles and winning eight duels as well (stats via Fotmob). Despite being unable to break the deadlock, Gnabry’s performance is telling of his talent.
Arsenal must be lamenting letting him go prematurely. They should’ve trusted his talent and played him more regularly, as he proved himself to be tailor-made for succeeding in the Premier League. What’s the Gunners’ loss is Bayern’s success, with the Bavarians possessing a ready-made replacement for Arjen Robben.