April 23, 2019

Naby Keita out of Bayern clash

March 13, 2019
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Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita will miss the second leg of the Champions League last-16 tie at Bayern Munich tonight with a minor injury.

Defender Trent Alexander-Arnold could feature after being substituted in Sunday’s

4-2 Premier League win over Burnley as a precaution.

James Milner could also recover from a muscle problem to play in midfield.

Long-term absentee Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain missed training despite featuring for the reserves on Friday.

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The midfielder has been sidelined by a knee injury since last April and came off just before half-time with a minor hamstring issue, which manager Jurgen Klopp later said was nothing to be concerned about.

Meanwhile, hosts Bayern Munich will be without suspended pair Joshua Kimmich and Thomas Muller, but James Rodriguez is expected to come into an attacking midfield role.

Defender David Alaba and winger Kingsley Coman have been ruled fit after overcoming injuries.

Liverpool were held to a goalless draw at Anfield in the first leg so will need to score in Munich if they are to reach the quarter-finals.

Last year’s finalists have struggled for form in recent weeks – picking up five wins in their past 10 games in all competitions – but remain only a point behind leaders Manchester City in the Premier League title race.

The Champions League may not be their sole focus this season, with Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah admitting he was willing “to sacrifice” his dream of winning the competition in order to deliver a first league title in 29 years.

“I’ll be honest with you, the most prestigious competition for me is the Champions League,” said Salah.

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“But the dream for the city and the club is the league. So, I’m happy to sacrifice my dream for their dream. If we win both that would be great, and this is what we are trying to do.”

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