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Bayern Munich v Liverpool: Preview and possible line-ups

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Bayern Munich v Liverpool: Preview and possible line-ups

We look ahead to Wednesday's Champions League last 16 second-leg clash between Bayern Munich and Liverpool!

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Bayern Munich

Unlike Liverpool, Bayern Munich have suspensions to contend with ahead of Wednesday night meaning that Thomas Muller won't be featuring for his side this time. Right-back Joshua Kimmich is also suspended and Rafinha should take his place out wide.

David Alaba should take his place on the other flank but will be subjected to a late fitness test. The decision is yet to made over who will start at centre-back after Mats Hummels return.

Franck Ribery had a fabulous game against Wolfsburg, coming off the bench to provide three assists, so it's possible that he could start in attack. If he does, Gnabry will switch sides for Bayern.

Manuel Neuer will make is 100th Champions League appearance if he plays against Liverpool. He recently recovered from a thumb injury which he looks to have put behind him.

Liverpool

Both James Milner and Trent Alexander-Arnold had to be substituted in the weekend clash with Burnley with muscular problems but they should return for Jurgen Klopp's side against Bayern.

Virgil van Dijk was not able to feature for Liverpool in the first-leg due to a suspension so he will return for Wednesday's clash, while Dejan Lovren may also make the starting line-up.

Adam Lallana posted a promising performance against Burnley at the weekend so Jurgen Klopp may well opt for him in midfield for this Champions League encounter. Fabinho should also return further up the field after filling in for the defensive position of centre-back.

MANAGERS' THOUGHTS

Bayern Munich manager Nico Kovac

"I've qualified for the World Cup and led Eintracht Frankfurt in the relegation play-off - that was the worst - but this match is a highlight."

"The world will be watching us. Everyone's excited: the players, the coaches, the fans and the media."

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp

"It's a challenge, we need a rhythm and we need to do the right things in the specific moments."

"There will be moments where we can dominate. There will be moments, probably more, when Bayern is dominating. In both moments you can use the situation but it is all about the balance."

FORM GUIDE

Bayern Munich v Liverpool: Preview and possible line-ups

POSSIBLE LINE-UPS

Bayern Munich

Neuer; Rafinha, Sule, Hummels, Alaba; Thiago, Martinez; Gnabry, James, Ribery; Lewandowski

Liverpool

Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Henderson; Salah, Firmino, Mane

Olivia Gidman

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