Andy Robertson is wary of Manchester United, but said Liverpool's rivals should also be cautious of his team ahead of Sunday's blockbuster clash.

Jurgen Klopp's men make the trip to Old Trafford looking to return to the summit of the Premier League, which is topped by Manchester City on goal difference.

United have found form under caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, rising into fourth in the table on the back of a nine-match unbeaten run in the league.

Robertson knows the challenge awaiting his team against United, but said Liverpool had stars of their own capable of causing problems.

"It's a big game against Manchester United, it's always big against them. It's a game in hand as well and we look forward to that," the left-back said after Liverpool's 0-0 Champions League draw with Bayern Munich on Tuesday.

"It's a huge game and they're a different team playing some really good football, I think we need to be wary of them but they know what they're coming up against and they need to be wary of us. It'll be a good game and one we can hopefully come out on top of.

"You look at their teamsheet or squad list and it's full of stars. They came to the party and they have a fantastic team. They've got people back from injury as well which always helps and they've got a strong squad as well.

"We know what we're coming up against and we need to stop their danger men but hopefully we've got enough to cause them problems as well to get the result that we need."

Liverpool were unable to find a breakthrough in the first leg of their last-16 tie against Bayern.

Robertson accepted his team did not deserve victory at Anfield, lamenting their struggles in the attacking third.

"A draw is a fair result and the tie is still alive," he said.

"On another day the lads in front of goal put it away or we make better decisions so you can't really put it down to anything. Maybe it's just somebody has rushed the shot or I or Trent [Alexander-Arnold] have rushed the cross or whatever.

"These things happen, especially in big games, so it's about trying to have a wee bit of composure and that's probably what we lacked in the first half.

"We had the chances to create and then in the second half we were probably better on the ball without really creating anything."

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said Manny Machado's reported record-breaking deal with the San Diego Padres is a "great thing".

Machado reportedly agreed the biggest free-agent contract in American sports history with the Padres, who are believed to have secured the four-time All-Star on a 10-year, $300million deal.

The Chicago White Sox were also interested in the 26-year-old, who represented the Los Angeles Dodgers in last season's World Series against the triumphant Boston Red Sox.

Asked about Machado and a small-market team like the Padres dipping into the free-agent market, Manfred told reporters: "If in fact it turns out what's being reported is accurate, I think that's a great thing. 

"The Padres were active last year in the free-agent market, obviously a big signing with Eric Hosmer, this will be another one if in fact that's what happened.

"I think it's good for baseball to have big stars present in some of our smaller markets and see those markets really being out there, willing to compete for the best talent."

Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar revealed he "spent two days at home crying" after suffering another metatarsal injury.

Neymar is recovering from a foot injury sustained in PSG's Coupe de France clash against Strasbourg last month, with the world's most expensive footballer facing another seven weeks on the sidelines.

The former Barcelona forward suffered a similar injury last February which forced him to miss the remainder of the 2017-18 season.

Discussing his latest setback, Neymar told Brazilian TV channel Globo: "This time I had a tough time getting over it.

"I spent two days at home crying. It's more complicated. 

"The first time I hurt myself I said, 'I'll have an operation, it has to be fixed as quickly as possible'. I wasn't sad."

Before the injury, Neymar scored 13 goals in as many Ligue 1 appearances, while he netted five in the Champions League and a further two in domestic cup competitions.

Jurgen Klopp lamented Liverpool's final pass during a 0-0 draw with Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Tuesday.

The Premier League outfit lacked a clinical edge in the attacking third as they were held by Bayern at Anfield in the last-16 first leg.

Klopp rued his side's attacking display, saying their passing cost them chances, and exposed them defensively.

"Our problem was, on one hand the quality of the opponent of course, but on the other hand our last pass was not our friend," he told a news conference.

"We had 10 or 12 situations where everything was prepared, everything was on a plate, and then we played a very average last pass or gave it away.

"That caused us two problems – one, we didn't create a chance, and on the other hand we gave them the ball and they had a counter-attack, which made the game even more intense.

"But how it is in situations like that, I'm pretty sure at the moment Bayern feel a bit better than we do but we have three weeks, and day by day the result will feel a bit better for us and a bit worse for Bayern. It's 0-0, the best draw you can get.

"It will be a tough one again to play at Bayern. If we win 1-0 tonight, what would have changed really? Then a 0-0 is enough as well, or we draw 1-1 – but that's now enough as well. So it's not perfect but good enough to work with."

Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah both squandered opportunities for Liverpool, who were in action for the first time since February 9.

But Klopp, whose team visit Manchester United on Sunday, refused to use the break as an excuse.

"The 10-day break? What does the final pass have to do with that? You have to look at the game and think about the game, and not prepare a question because we had a 10-day break," he said.

"I have no clue why we didn't play the last pass. The sharpness has nothing to do with the last pass, it's about being in the moment, doing the right steps. You saw the situations, it had nothing to do with 10 days' [break].

"We cannot change it, we had the 10-day break and now we will not have any break anymore, now we play through – and if it was a problem then we will not have that problem anymore because now we play every three days."

Ernesto Valverde insists he is not worried about Luis Suarez's goal drought after he once again struggled in Barcelona's 0-0 Champions League draw at Lyon.

Uruguay international Suarez was excellent in the first half of the season, but he has been rather less effective in front of goal since then, and that is reflected in Barca's form, having now drawn four of their last five games in all competitions.

Suarez was lively in France against Lyon in the opening leg of their last-16 clash, sniffing out a few opportunities, but his finishing left a lot to be desired and he looked visibly frustrated on numerous occasions on Tuesday.

It was the fifth game in a row Suarez has not scored in, while he passed 24 hours of playing time in the Champions League without an away goal in the 22nd minute.

Barca head coach Valverde is not concerned, however.

"I would worry if he did not generate scoring chances, which is what is asked of a striker," Valverde told reporters.

"He always has chances and if not, he generates them and is a headache for the rival. And, in any case, he is linked well with the occasions we've created.

"Football is a matter of success. If the opposition wastes occasions I get nervous; if we waste them, it only bothers me."

Niko Kovac praised Bayern Munich's disciplined defensive performance against Liverpool but resolved to not revel in a tactical triumph with the job only half-finished in the Champions League.

Bundesliga champions Bayern left Anfield the happier of the teams on Tuesday after securing a 0-0 draw that puts them in a good position for the return leg of their last-16 tie, to be played at Allianz Arena on March 13.

Though they only occasionally threatened a patchwork Liverpool defence and failed to register a shot on goal, a Bayern side which has avoided defeat in five of six matches since the mid-season break will fancy their chances of overcoming the Premier League outfit.

Bayern head coach Kovac commended his players for subduing the home side while warning against viewing the result as a victory.

"It is half-full, half-empty," Kovac said. "I can't remember that many clubs have not lost and not conceded at Anfield and the way Liverpool played, they are a sensationally good team.

"My team in defence and as a whole kept everything tight at the back and played at a high level, tactically and mentally.

"We didn't score but we didn't let one in. We are at home now, we will play in front of 75,000. We know if we concede, we have to win.

"At this level, very small differences can decide everything so we will wait and see.

"I said before, we played a really good performance against a top opponent and they were in the final last year and that is a great performance. We don't have to hide.

"We have got the quality and we have showed that over recent years, but we haven't achieved anything. I am the last person to start celebrating. We are modest, focused and have to give 100 percent in the next game."

The two coaches were involved in a moment of confusion at full-time when the Bayern boss left Liverpool counterpart Jurgen Klopp waiting on the touchline for the traditional post-match handshake.

Kovac explained the incident as nothing more than a harmless misunderstanding.

"That was funny," he said. "We were on English soil. In Germany it is normal when games end, you shake hands with your players.

"In England, first the coaches shake hands, [but] I did what I do in Germany, said sorry and made up for it, and in Germany we will do it as we do it in Germany."

Pat Riley thinks the Miami Heat had a good chance to win more championships if LeBron James remained with the team.

James left the Cavaliers to team up with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami in July 2010. The trio made four NBA Finals appearances and won two titles together before James returned to Cleveland prior to the 2014-15 season.

Riley, the long-time Heat president, reflected on James leaving the team during a recent interview with ESPN.

"When LeBron made that call, I saw a dynasty fly out the window," Riley said. "I didn't blame him, but I knew that was a 10-year team. It was just a sad day for me and our franchise because I wanted that dynasty.

"I wanted this city and this team to go 10 years and maybe be in the Finals eight times. I don't know how many championships we would have won. But, I don't have any rancor towards him, at all."

James, a 15-time All-Star and four-time MVP, went on to make four more trips to the Finals and won another championship with the Cavaliers in 2016. He became a free agent this offseason and signed a four-year, $153.3million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Heat have made two playoff appearances in the four seasons since James departed. They are in a virtual tie with the Detroit Pistons for eighth place in the Eastern Conference standings.

Jurgen Klopp emerged "absolutely okay" with Liverpool's 0-0 draw against Bayern Munich despite admitting a measure of frustration with the subdued display.

Bayern successfully blunted the Premier League side's star-studded attack to register a valuable clean sheet at Anfield in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.

Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah were among the players to pass up opportunities in what was a 90 minutes largely free of incident, with Liverpool registering two shots on target and the visitors zero.

Last season's beaten finalists will now have to secure a result at Allianz Arena to advance to the quarter-finals, a scenario that does not faze Klopp.

"We can play better, we should play better," Klopp said of the performance in a post-match interview with BT Sport.

"It was like this. It was a big fight. I can't remember chances in the second half for both sides.

"The tie is not over. We had to create a basis which we can use in the second leg. From a result point of view it's absolutely okay. 

"It's not a dream result but it's a good one and we can work with that.

"A lot of things were really good. We played against an outstanding side and each mistake you make can cause a big problem. I'm not over the moon but I'm completely okay with the game."

Liverpool's major positive was escaping unscathed from a match which Virgil van Dijk and Dejan Lovren missed through suspension and injury respectively.

The makeshift pairing of Joel Matip and Fabinho dealt comfortably with an anonymous Robert Lewandowski and Klopp commended their efforts, while reserving particular praise for hard-working captain Jordan Henderson.

"First off, a clean sheet without the big man [Van Dijk] which not a lot of people would have expected that, so that was very good," the German said.

"Defending in general was good. It was a fantastic game from Hendo.

"A lot of things were really good. We played against an outstanding side and each mistake you make can cause a big problem. I'm not over the moon but I'm completely okay with the game."

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde accepts the 0-0 draw they secured away to Lyon in the Champions League on Tuesday is a "dangerous" result.

Valverde's side generally controlled proceedings in France, but they were wasteful in front of goal and Lionel Messi was unable to create much of note.

It leaves the tie nicely poised for the second leg at Camp Nou on March 13 and Barca will be seen as favourites, but Valverde is well aware that Tuesday's result provides Lyon with encouragement.

"I do not think it is very easy to win away from home in the Champions League," Valverde told Movistar. "We have absolutely dominated and they have not lost any match in this competition so far this season.

"Lyon had chances in the beginning but we came back well and we controlled the game until the end.

"We have created a lot of chances, but football is a matter of success and today we have not had it. The tie is in the air, 0-0 is a dangerous result, we will not kid ourselves."

Lyon defender Leo Dubois believes the draw gives his side every chance to progress to the quarter-finals and feels they did well despite Messi occupying more than one defender at a time.

"They have a player [Messi] who keeps a full defensive line busy," he said. "We tried to push them out from the middle, as they are less of a threat from the wings.

"The scoreline is fine for us. We still have a chance to progress even if we know it will be tough. We believe in ourselves.

"We weren't necessarily in control at times. We may also have mismanaged some counter situations. Everyone did their part and made the effort. We have everything to play for in three weeks. It's up to us to play a big match."

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga's improved start to 2019 hit a stumbling block on Tuesday as the three-time champion bowed out of the Open 13 Marseille.

No player has won the ATP Tour event more times than Tsonga, who was triumphant in 2009, 2013 and 2017, matching the tallies of Marc Rosset and Thomas Enqvist.

But despite having ended a long wait for a triumph on the Tour at the Open Sud de France earlier this month, Tsonga could not extend a bid for a fourth Marseille victory beyond his opening match.

The Frenchman won the opening set against Andrey Rublev but then went down 2-6 6-4 6-2.

Tsonga was not the only home hopeful to see his challenge cut short, with Jeremy Chardy losing a pair of tie-breaks in vastly contrasting fashion as Matteo Berrettini emerged a 7-6 (14-12) 7-6 (7-0) winner.

Meanwhile, a bizarre development saw Constant Lestienne beaten by a man he had eliminated in qualifying.

Lestienne defeated Sergiy Stakhovsky on Monday, but the Ukrainian returned to the competition as a lucky loser and knocked the Frenchman out in three sets 24 hours later.

Benoit Paire came through in straight sets against Simone Bolelli, though, while fifth seed Fernando Verdasco and Peter Gojowczyk also won.

Ferrari were the fastest team for the second day running at Formula One testing in Barcelona as new boy Charles Leclerc impressed on Tuesday.

Sebastian Vettel starred as the week got under way on Monday, but it was the turn of the German's new team-mate 24 hours later as Ferrari again laid down a marker.

A best lap time of one minute and 18.247 seconds saw Leclerc quickest around the track, beating McLaren's Lando Norris by 0.306 seconds.

Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton were further down the standings, while Pierre Gasly spun his Red Bull at Turn 13. Daniel Ricciardo also endured problems.

Yet again, Williams were not able to put a car on the track.

 

FERRARI FLYING

Both Ferrari and Leclerc are pleased with the early results in pre-season, with the Monegasque driver enjoying his first 157 laps at the wheel.

"There's always going to be some [emotion] when you get into a Ferrari, but I put that to one side because I had a job to do for the team," Leclerc said.

"Let's hope we keep going like this over the next few days, because it's important to make the most of the few on-track testing opportunities we have."

WILLIAMS WAIT

With a dismal start to the week seeing Williams reveal they would have their cars in Barcelona on Wednesday at the earliest, delivery of the vehicles has at least now been confirmed for day three.

The cars, which had still been at their Grove headquarters, are set to arrive in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

However, the team admit it remains unlikely they will be seen out on the track before lunchtime as there is plenty of work left to do for the toiling team.

 

HAAS HEADACHE

Testing allows F1 teams to eradicate issues with their car before the season gets under way and Haas have identified one fairly major problem.

Kevin Magnussen was the third fastest driver involved on Tuesday, but he was kept out of the car in the afternoon due to a headrest issue, with the Dane claiming he was struggling due to his head being positioned too far forward.

"That's something we need to fix," he said. "It's an easy fix but we don't have the parts, we don't have another headrest to fit, so we need to get that sorted."

WHAT THEY SAID

Norris, preparing for his debut F1 season, said: "I don't think there's been any surprises. I think a lot of the things we tested or found out in the car, we had a decent understanding of. As a whole package, there's obviously new things we've learned but no surprises."

"It's too early to talk about expectations. At the moment we need to understand the overall performance of our package. It is quite important for us that our first feedback and first impressions are quite good," said Red Bull's new driver Gasly.

Robert Lewandowski drew a rare blank as he failed to exploit Virgil van Dijk being suspended, but Bayern Munich arguably have the edge over Liverpool after a goalless first leg at Anfield.

Van Dijk's absence was billed as a crucial factor in Tuesday's clash of the titans - a last-16 tie that felt deserving of semi-final status if not the showpiece itself - with two high-powered sides who wanted to play the game at full speed without ever pausing to catch breath.

Liverpool mostly held Bayern at bay despite being without the most expensive defender in world football. Lewandowski - the top scorer in this season's Champions League with eight goals - lurked as a malevolent presence close to Van Dijk's deputy Fabinho whenever Bayern had the ball, but they could not create a chance for him to take.

Indeed, the Bundesliga champions did not muster a single shot on target, although the hosts could only manage two themselves. Lewandowski touched the ball just twice in Liverpool's box during the first half and when he did get on the ball near Alisson's goal shortly after the restart, Fabinho snuffed out his threat.

Alisson promised pre-match Liverpool would not "feel that loss" with Van Dijk unable to play due to his ban, claiming Liverpool were drilled so well it would make little difference despite his price and profile, and he was proved right with Lewandowski stifled.

Van Dijk has not missed a single minute of Liverpool's brilliant Premier League season, but suggestions he has been the sole factor in the Reds' rise looked out of place following this fine team display. Fabinho and Joel Matip may be a makeshift pairing, but they were not outclassed. Mats Hummels was similarly outstanding at the back for Bayern.

The key individual battle of the game instead developed on Liverpool's left wing where Sadio Mane gave the excellent Joshua Kimmich a working over, the likes of which he does not usually get in domestic football.

Mane tricked Kimmich into receiving a first-half booking, which will rule the Germany international out of the second leg, but he could not find the target with a brace of overhead-kick attempts before the break. Liverpool may feel Mane could have targeted Kimmich more in the second period as his yellow seemed a rare soft spot in the Bayern side.

With both sides determined to close down the other at every possible opportunity, Manuel Neuer and Alisson had moments where they looked briefly uncomfortable.

The prospect of Roberto Firmino bearing down on goal, seemingly at a million miles an hour, was not welcomed by Bayern's captain. It was hard to believe Firmino had been a doubt due to an illness that forced him to miss training. His energy levels appeared to be as high as ever until he dramatically faded in the second half and had to be replaced by wildcard option Divock Origi.

Mistakes in possession were too common from both sides, the rapid tempo of the match meaning players were regularly harried and harassed into misplacing passes.

And that lack of clarity continued in front of goal where the prolific Mohamed Salah wasted the clearest openings of the game for Liverpool. They may just rue his misses in Munich.

Liverpool failed to stamp their authority on a battling Bayern Munich as a 0-0 first-leg draw at Anfield left their Champions League last-16 tie in the balance.

The Premier League side produced the more promising attacking moments against a circumspect opponent but are likely to need an away goal when the teams reconvene at Allianz Arena on March 13.

Jurgen Klopp, robbed of Virgil van Dijk and Dejan Lovren through suspension and injury, will at least be pleased with the way his back four navigated the rare instances of danger posed to them by the German champions.

But the strange lack of cutting edge despite Roberto Firmino's presence at the point of attack resulted in a first-leg draw that means a quarter-final berth is still very much up for grabs.

Liverpool's makeshift central-defensive pairing of Fabinho and Joel Matip survived a nervy start, with the latter relieved his miscued clearance of Serge Gnabry's low cross came back off Alisson.

A muddled attempt at playing out then gifted an opportunity to Kingsley Coman, who fired into the side-netting.

The hosts soon established superiority and Sadio Mane went close with a shot on the turn, while Mohamed Salah and Matip threatened amid a succession of half-chances.

An unbalanced Salah's poor touch scuppered a promising Liverpool break early in the second half, before the lively Gnabry whistled an effort over the crossbar.

The late flurry that might have been expected of Klopp's men in a bid to establish a sought-after first-leg advantage ultimately never came, with Manuel Neuer's smart low save from Mane's deflected near-post header proving the most either goalkeeper had to do over a laboured final 30 minutes.

What does it mean? All to play for in Munich

Niko Kovac, a man under pressure for large periods of his maiden season in charge of Bayern, will certainly be the happier of the two managers.

His team are a long way off the feared force that triumphed over Klopp's Borussia Dortmund side in the 2013 Champions League final, yet a scoreless first 90 minutes is a boost to their hopes of advancing.

There is work for Liverpool to do if they are to repeat the impressive run that took them all the way to last season's decider.

No goal but Gnabry gains credit

In a match light on attacking quality, Germany international Gnabry deserves commendation for giving value to his team at both ends of the pitch.

The ex-Arsenal man was proactive in seeking out shooting opportunities and certainly did not forget his defensive duties, registering a team-high four tackles - two of which were to curb Liverpool moves that had advanced into the penalty area.

Lewandowski offers little

It was expected that Robert Lewandowski would prey on the unfamiliarity of Liverpool's centre-back pairing but in truth he gave them scant work to do.

The competition's leading scorer this season was surprisingly anonymous. Zero shots on target summed up a 90 minutes spent largely isolated.

What's next?

Liverpool must refocus for another blockbuster affair on Sunday as their Premier League title credentials undergo a test against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Bayern, meanwhile, head back to Germany to host Hertha Berlin on Saturday, the match providing them with an opportunity to at least temporarily move level with leaders Borussia Dortmund.

Barcelona slumped to a fourth draw in five matches across all competitions as they were held to a 0-0 stalemate away to Lyon in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 clash.

Ernesto Valverde's men were far from their intense best and were particularly wasteful in front of goal, as Lionel Messi struggled to produce the kind of match-winning display many have come to expect every time he takes to the pitch.

Barca generally controlled the entertaining first half and created some promising opportunities, but were it not for two excellent early saves from Marc-Andre ter Stegen they could have found themselves trailing.

The second half was lacking in intensity, as opportunities became more infrequent and Barca had to be content with returning to Camp Nou for the second leg on March 13 without an away goal.

Lyon were the quicker out of the blocks and went close twice inside 10 minutes, as Ter Stegen got down to keep Houssem Aouar's effort out of his bottom-left corner, before then brilliantly tipping a 25-yard Martin Terrier strike onto the crossbar.

But Barca did craft several openings of their own – Messi spurning arguably their best in the 17th minute when blazing over from 12 yards after Jordi Alba's cut-back.

Lyon were then spared on the stroke of half-time, as Jason Denayer crucially deflected Sergio Busquets' goal-bound effort just wide.

The hosts started the second half well and went agonisingly close when Memphis Depay's first-time 20-yard strike early on flew just wide the left-hand post.

But that was a rare Lyon highlight in the second period as Barca dominated – goalkeeper Anthony Lopes producing a string of fine saves to thwart Luis Suarez twice and Busquets' long-range attempt all in the final 20 minutes, securing himself a deserved clean sheet.

 

What does it mean? Barca should have enough at home

Lyon played some attractive football at times and clearly have several very talented young players, but Barca managed to keep them at arm's length for most of the game, something that bodes well for the return to Camp Nou. Nevertheless, the performance will raise doubts about how far they can go in the competition.

Lyon in safe hands with Lopes

Commanding and reassuring from deliveries into the box, and unbeatable when Barca tried their luck on goal, Lopes put in an excellent performance, particularly coming into his own late on with several vital stops – one from Busquets really catching the eye.

Muted Messi

By the standards of others, Messi was hardly bad, but compared to his usual level, the Argentine flattered to deceive. He missed a glorious opportunity in the first half and generally did not look himself, almost appearing a little moody.

What's next?

Barca face another potentially tricky trip on Saturday in LaLiga as they head to Sevilla, before the second leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final against Real Madrid four days later. Lyon travel to Monaco on Sunday in Ligue 1.

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