We take a look at what could be Liverpool’s starting lineup against Bayern Munich next week after Jurgen Klopp’s latest injury update from The Reds’ Marbella training camp.
Earlier in the week, we heard the confirmation that both Dejan Lovren and Joe Gomez remained back at Melwood to continue their rehabilitation. Central defence has been a particular problem area for Klopp, injury-wise, since December.
With the added headache of Virgil van Dijk being suspended for the Anfield leg, Klopp has some decisions to make at the back.
Klopp clarified to Liverpoolfc.com that the backroom team are doing their utmost to have Lovren fit for the FC Bayern fixture.
“Dejan is not here and Joe [Gomez] is not here.
“That’s never a good sign, I would say, but we will try everything to make Dejan available for Munich. It will be a tight race.
“For him, it makes sense in the moment to be in another place to do what he has to do. It wouldn’t have helped if he was here, so we will try everything – that’s clear.”
On Tuesday, it was reported that the trio of Gini Wijnaldum, James Milner and Fabinho all missed the morning training session. However, Klopp had a more positive update on their respective conditions and all three are expected to be back in full training before the end of the week.
“It’s how it is after games, you have a couple of problems.
“Millie and Gini still struggle with their illnesses, so they did a bit of work in the hotel. Fabinho felt [something] a little bit; it will not be a problem, but there was no reason for him to be out today.
“Hopefully he can train tomorrow and if not then the day after that. None of them are serious, all will be fine.”
With all of the latest injury news in mind, let’s take a look at what the starting eleven could be against Bayern Munich at Anfield.
In goals, it will be Alisson, of course.
At right-back, Trent Alexander-Arnold will hopefully start after getting some game time against Bournemouth and taking part in full training all week in Marbella. Joel Matip is likely to be partnered Fabinho at centre-back. Dejan Lovren, even if passed fit, will be lacking in match fitness so it would be a huge surprise if he starts the game. It will be business as usual for Andy Robertson at left-back.
Klopp may return to his trusted regular midfield of last season with Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Gini Wijnaldum.
Up front, injuries permitting, we should have our three first-choice stars.
Liverpool predicted XI v FC Bayern Munich: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Fabinho, Robertson; Henderson, Wijnaldum, Milner; Salah, Firmino, Mané