Liverpool have had over a week to prepare for the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie with Bayern Munich. The Reds have only lost once at home all season in all competitions and that was back in September.
Bayern Munich struggled to overcome Augsburg on Friday night, twice coming from behind, but Niko Kovac admitted his side made the mistake of looking ahead to their match with Liverpool instead of focusing on Augsburg.
Jurgen Klopp has lost more matches against Bayern (16) than any other team in his managerial career but is arguably getting them at their most vulnerable now. Bayern have conceded eight goals in four away matches in 2019.
Liverpool- Virgil van Dijk is suspended for the first leg of Liverpool’s last-16 tie with Bayern Munich and that is a huge blow for Liverpool. Fabinho will partner Joel Matip at the back if Dejan Lovren fails to recover from injury in time.
James Milner will start at right-back if Alexander-Arnold is not deemed fit enough for the home side. Otherwise the veteran will compete with Naby Keita for a place in midfield.
Xherdan Shaqiri is an injury doubt but was always likely going to start on the bench against his former club. Roberto Firmino missed training on Monday and is suffering from a virus.
Andy Robertson will miss the return leg if he is booked on Tuesday.
Bayern Munich- Manuel Neuer proved his fitness in Friday’s 3-2 win over Augsburg and will start here.
James Rodriguez may have blown his opportunity to start at Anfield after an underwhelming showing against Augsburg.
Niko Kovac could push Joshua Kimmich into midfield if Rodriguez has to settle for a place on the bench.
Thomas Muller is suspended for the away side, while Kimmich will miss the return leg if he is booked on Tuesday.
Franck Ribery will join up with the squad after being given extra time following the birth of his child. He will start if Coman doesn’t.
Bayern have scored at least 2 goals in 6 of their last 7UEFA Champions League matches.
Bayern are undefeated in their last 7 matches (UEFA Champions League).
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