Liverpool could be without their Brazilian forward Roberto Firmino for Tuesday’s crunch Champions League clash against Bayern Munich.
The Brazilian forward missed training on Monday with a virus, it has been confirmed.
Dejan Lovren also missed the Reds’ latest training session.
The news of Firmino’s virus comes as a blow to Liverpool, who are already without the suspended Virgil van Dijk.
Firmino, who has scored 11 goals in 31 games this season, has faced Bayern Munich in eight competitive matches during his career and has established his status as one of the Reds’ most important players under Jurgen Klopp.
James Pearce broke the news about Firmino’s virus on Twitter on Monday afternoon.
However, Merseyside football reporter Richard Buxton understands Liverpool are still hopeful both Firmino and Lovren will be involved against Bayern on Tuesday.
If Firmino is ruled out of the match, Klopp could turn to either Daniel Sturridge or Divock Origi.
Alternatively, he could find space for former Bayern Munich midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri and play Mohamed Salah upfront through the middle.
Liverpool fans on social media are now wondering what Klopp will do if Firmino fails to recover in time...
Liverpool, who currently sit joint-top of the Premier League table alongside Manchester City, go into their last-16 first leg against Bayern as the narrow favourites.
European nights at Anfield are always incredible occasions and Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is expecting a special atmosphere.
"Everyone who watches a lot football knows it's a special atmosphere," Neuer told ESPN FC.
"Does it matter? Of course. I like it when fans are cheering a lot, close to the goal. But if you want to speak to your colleagues on the pitch it's not that easy when it's loud, they can't hear you.
"You have to speak in a different way. When you see each other and you have good body language, you know what's going on."
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