Liverpool v Bayern Munich: Lovren Klopp's prime fitness concern

Liverpool v Bayern Munich: Lovren Klopp's prime fitness concern

Gary Lineker says Liverpool FC are slight favourites to make the Champions League last eight ahead of their clash against Bayern Munich on Tuesday night. The German outfit will attempt to turn around a sub-standard season while the EPL's co-leaders deal look to regain their 2018 tournament form.

"Straightaway he was organising the defence, he was the leader at the back, and as time has gone on he is even more important", said former Liverpool captain Sami Hyypia.

He added: "It's Monday and we play on Tuesday so most of that should be clear".

"It is very hard to find a weakness". Replacing van Dijk at the heart of the Liverpool defence is Fabinho, who has Joel Matip as his central defensive partner, while Andrew Robertson keeps his place at left-back.

Lovren, meanwhile, has not featured for Jurgen Klopp's side since injuring his hamstring in January.

"Bayern have not had a great season", Lineker told iNews.

This will likely mean we see the return of James Milner, Gini Wijnaldum and Jordan Henderson in midfield, unless Naby Keita steps into the number 10 position, filling the vacancy left by Firmino, whose illness has made him a doubt for the first leg.

"The Champions League might be a welcome release in a way, to have a blast, which they certainly did last season".

- Bayern: Neuer, Kimmich, Sule, Hummels, Alaba, Thiago, Javi Martinez, Rodriguez, Gnabry, Lewandowski, Coman.

Ajax's youngsters exposed Bayern's weakness against pace in the Champions League group stages, while Bayer Leverkusen and Augsburg have also given Klopp extra encouragement in recent weeks in the Bundesliga.

Klopp said he was aware that the preference for Liverpool supporters this season was to win the Premier League, but stressed his side would do their best to lift both a first domestic title since 1990 and the Champions League.

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