Klopp sweating on fitness of Firmino ahead of huge Champions League showdown

Roberto Firmino is a serious doubt for Liverpool’s Champions League clash against Bayern Munich on Tuesday night at Anfield, owing to a virus.

The Brazilian missed training on Monday, and looks set to join a number of key players on the sidelines for the first leg of the last-16 showdown.

Jurgen Klopp is already facing a crisis at centre-back, with star man Virgil van Dijk suspended and Joe Gomez missing through injury.

Dejan Lovren was also absent from training on Monday and looks unlikely to pass a late fitness test on a hamstring problem.

And now, the Liverpool Echo reports that Firmino could add to his manager’s woes after picking up a virus before the Bundesliga giants come to town.

He becomes the fourth Liverpool player to fall ill since the start of the month, following a warm-weather trip to Dubai in January.

Klopp said: “I don’t know 100 per cent. It’s Monday and we play on Tuesday so most of that should be clear.

“Gini [Wijnaldum] trained and looked really well. [Xherdan] Shaqiri did a lot, so it will be close, we have to see.

“Dejan [Lovren], I actually have to wait minute by minute if there is a chance or not.

“But that’s pretty much all, I would say.”

It seems increasingly likely that Fabinho will partner Joel Matip in defence for the first leg of the Bayern tie.

In better news, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was pictured in training at Melwood on Monday.

Chamberlain is yet to return to full training though and only took part in the warm-up.

The England international is continuing his rehabilitation from a serious knee injury suffered last April.

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