Naby Keita will play no part in Liverpool’s Champions League second leg against Bayern Munich (Picture: Getty)Naby Keita has been ruled out of Liverpool’s Champions League last 16 second leg clash against Bayern Munich with a ‘minor injury’.
Jurgen Klopp’s Premier League title-chasers were held to a goalless draw at Anfield a fortnight ago and will be without the Guinea international as they look to secure their place in the quarter finals.
Keita has struggled to cement a place in Jurgen Klopp’s side since his £52million summer move from RB Leipzig but gave one his most impressive performances in a Liverpool shirt during the first leg against the Bundesliga leaders.
Liverpool Champions League squad v Bayern Munich
Fabinho, Van Dijk, Wijnaldum, Lovren, Milner, Firmino, Mane, Salah, Alisson, Henderson, Sturridge, Moreno, Lallana, Mignolet, Shaqiri, Robertson, Origi, Matip, Phillips, Kelleher, Alexander-Arnold.
The 24-year-old made a 13-minute subsitute appearance during Sunday’s 4-2 win over Burnley which moved Liverpool back to within one point of league leaders Manchester City, but has been deemed unfit to travel.
Bayern returned to the top of the Bundesliga for the first time since the winter resumption following a crushing 6-0 win over Wolfsburg on Saturday, but Klopp is confident his side can be a match for most powerful team in his native Germany.
Bayern Munich returned to the top of the Bundesliga following a 6-0 win over Wolfsburg on Saturday (Picture: Getty)He said: ‘We are strong enough to give them a proper game and that’s the only thing you can expect in a situation like that, in a good situation. That’s what I’m thinking about: how can we cause them problems they have never had in the season so far against other opponents?
‘They have, of course, really strong opponents but if we are at our best we can be exceptional. But we have to be, actually – if we play a normal game there we have no chance and then we should go out.
‘But if we can push ourselves in a special mood and play a proper football game, then we have a proper chance and that’s all I need.’
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