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Bayern’s Jerome Boateng & Franck Ribery stay home

Liverpool vs Bayern Munich

On Tuesday night Liverpool will host Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

Both these sides are currently second in their respective leagues.

Liverpool are behind Man City on goal difference in the Premier League. The Reds also have a game in hand over the Sky Blues.

Bayern Munich are behind Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga.

Jerome Boateng & Franck Ribery

It’s confirmed on Monday that Jerome Boateng and Franck Ribery are out of this week’s Liverpool versus Bayern match.

Boateng has a stomach problem, while Ribery has remained in Germany after becoming a father.

A little update from #Kovac: “@JB17Official misses out with stomach flu, but @FranckRibery will travel later today after becoming a father late last night.”#LFCFCB pic.twitter.com/ROh3M1m65Z

— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) February 18, 2019

Will Kingsley Coman be fit?

Bayern beat Augsburg 3-2 on Friday night.

The hero for the Bavarians was Kingsley Coman, who scored a brace in the win.

But Coman finished the Augsburg game with an injury that’s left him as a doubt for Liverpool.

In a boost for Bayern, Coman has travelled with his team mates to England on Monday.

Hasan Salihamidžić at the airport: “Things are looking better for Kingsley Coman. We still have 36 hours before the game”. #LFCFCB

— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) February 18, 2019

Bayern’s traveling squad to Liverpool:

Neuer, Ulreich, Früchtl, Süle, Hummels, Thiago, Martínez, Lewandowski, James, Rafinha, Goretzka, Davies, Jeong, Gnabry, Alaba, Coman, Awoudja, Kimmich, Mai, Sanches, Shabani. #LFCFCB

— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) February 18, 2019

Bayern Munich’s infighting

Bild have reported that there’s tension in the Bayern camp ahead of the Liverpool game.

The tension is between several of Bayern’s squad and manager Niko Kovac.

According to Bild, Kovac set off some of his squad when he turned up late to training.

That became an issue as Kovac recently spoke out about tardiness.

Niko Kovač came 5 minutes late for the final training session before the Stuttgart game. Players were annoyed. Just a day before, he gave a speech to his players that everyone must be on time at the training pitch [Bild] pic.twitter.com/wxr0bHwHs0

— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) February 17, 2019

Sunday, sub players Ribéry, Martinez, Boateng, Sanches, Rafinha and Davies didn’t appreciate that Kovač wasn’t with them on the training ground as he was studying videos instead. Robert Kovač and Peter Hermann led the session. Players felt they cannot recommend themselves [Bild]

— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) February 17, 2019

Niko Kovač had an altercation with Thiago in Augsburg: Thiago yelled at Kovač after the final whistle of the game and the coach shouted back. Their face to face encounter was cold after Thiago was subbed off for Martínez at the 82nd minute. [Bild] pic.twitter.com/bNy1nux3Lh

— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) February 17, 2019

Also see: How Liverpool will line-up without Virgil van Dijk vs Bayern Munich.

Bayern’s Arjen Robben calls Liverpool’s Anfield ‘the worst stadium’.


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