Per a report by Sky Sports, Liverpool could be facing another blow to their squad as Roberto Firmino not be available for the first leg against Bayern Munich due to a virus. Firmino’s absence from the squad has not been completely confirmed, but the Brazilian ace skipped out entirely on Monday’s training session, which isn’t a good sign for Liverpool. While his absence from training could be precautionary, the odds that he’ll play against Bayern may now be considered questionable.
Ironically enough, Jerome Boateng is also dealing with a virus and will miss the first leg for Die Roten. James Milner was also suffering from a virus as recently as two weeks ago and was forced to travel individually to London ahead of their Premier League match against West Ham United. It was a precautionary measure to ensure that Milner didn’t spread the virus to anyone on the team bus, but it seems as if the bug has worked its way around the Liverpool squad.
Georginio Wijnaldum also caught the virus in the days leading up to Liverpool’s match against Bouremouth. Wijnaldum missed training the Friday before the match, was assessed by team doctors that next morning, cleared to play, and scored in Liverpool’s 3-0 win over the Cherries.
Given the fact that both Milner and Wijnaldum both played so soon after suffering from their viruses, it makes it seem as if this could be some form of mind games from Klopp regarding Firmino. Nonetheless, it would be a massive boost for Bayern if Firmino is unable to play, but we’ll wait until we see the actual team sheets come out approximately an hour before kickoff.