Liverpool set to start Fabinho in defence against Bayern Munich

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"I don't know if there is a favourite or not".

So with Gomez and Van Dijk out of the picture if Dejan Lovren can not make himself fit then Klopp might just have to push a midfielder into central defence in order to partner Joel Matip. Bayern Munich have improved as the season has gone on, but they're an ageing team facing a side built on speed.

"Liverpool has respect for us as we do for them and there will be a sporting contest tomorrow".

Head coach Niko Kovac revealed that Germany global defender Jerome Boateng is out of contention due to a stomach flu. "He will fly out this afternoon".

Winger Xherdan Shaqiri, a former Bayern player, could make his return to action after missing the 3-0 Premier League win over Bournemouth because of an abdominal injury.

Bayern have injury problems of their own, too.

"It has improved a bit", sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic said, adding that a lot could happen ahead of the game.

Before that, West Brom were the last team to beat them at Anfield in the fourth round of last season's FA Cup, a competition that has not been kind to Klopp, with Wolves knocking them out in the third round this season.

Bayern will also be without attacker Thomas Muller, suspended for both legs against Liverpool following his red card in the group stage match against Ajax.

With so much at stake, expect a cautious approach from both sides who do not want their place in the quarter-finals jeopardised by a defeat in the first leg.

"After being six years the dominator of the league it was clear this year would be different", Klopp said in a press conference ahead of the meeting with Bayern Munich. "But tomorrow is a higher level", Kovac said. We have to create the atmosphere on the pitch and make it easier for the people.

" It's hard for me to answer the question, but if you would have to decide, for all Liverpool fans it is the Premier League, that is clear, we know that". "I can't imagine that".

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