NYON: Three of Europe’s most free-scoring attacks went goalless in the latest round of second round first leg ties in the UEFA Champions League.

Spanish league leaders Barcelona were held 0-0 in France by Lyon while Liverpool’s much-anticipated clash with Bayern Munich failed to live up to expectations at Anfield.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was frustrated by his old Bundesliga rivals. The teams produced only three shots on target between them in the 90 minutes.

Liverpool, with Virgil Van Dijk suspended and Dejan Lovren and Joe Gomez both injured, started with their fourth-choice centre-back in Joel Matip and midfielder Fabinho playing alongside him.

Alisson Becker and Manuel Neuer, both goalkeepers reknowned for being comfortable on the ball, made errors which could – on another night – have led to goals.

Liverpool’s 44-goal front line struggled to find their target with Sadio Mane screwing a shot on the turn with his weaker foot past the far post and Mohamed Salah failing to even trouble Neuer with a free header having diverted an earlier volley straight at the goalkeeper.

The closest either side came to scoring was when Joel Matip diverted Serge Gnabry’s cross into the chest of Alisson from point-blank range.

Five minutes from time a stoooping header from Mane was pushed wide of a post by Neuer.