Here come Bayern! Franck Ribery is ready to face Liverpool after all as his Munich team-mates Lewandowski, Neuer and Co start journey to Anfield for Champions League clash
- Bayern Munich have had mixed news ahead of their clash with Liverpool
- Franck Ribery is available to play despite initially being left out of the squad
- But Jerome Boateng will miss the trip to Anfield with gastrointestinal problems
Franck Ribery will be available for Bayern Munich in their Champions League last-16 clash against Liverpool on Tuesday night after the birth of his new baby.
Bayern had originally left Ribery out of their matchday squad for their mouthwatering visit to Anfield, but Ribery has now decided to join up with his team-mates.
Boss Niko Kovac also confirmed, however, that Jerome Boateng is certain to miss the game with stomach flu.
Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer gets ready to board the plane to Liverpool
Striker Robert Lewandowski was also suited and booted on Monday morning for the flight
Winger Kingsley Coman is among the squad ready to face Liverpool in the Champions League
Former Arsenal winger Serge Gnabry is heading back to England for the last-16’s first leg
BAYERN MUNICH SQUAD TO FACE LIVERPOOL
Goalkeepers: Neuer, Ulreich, Fruchtl
Defenders: Sule, Hummels, Martinez, Rafinha, Awoudja, Kimmich, Mai,
Midfielders: Thiago, Rodriguez, Goretzka, Davies, Alaba, Sanches, Shabani
Forwards: Lewandowski, Jeong, Gnabry, Coman, Ribery
Boateng missed the 3-2 win at Augsburg on Friday night, with Mats Hummels and Niklas Sule partnering up in the heart of the defence.
Ribery, who at the age of 35 still remains a key figure in Bayern’s attack, only came on from the bench for the final 26 minutes, with Serge Gnabry and Kingsley Coman used on the wings.
Coman scored twice against Augsburg before being taken off injured, but he is also available to face Liverpool after he brushed off the scare involving his troublesome ankle.
Ribery’s fellow veteran winger, Arjen Robben, was ruled out of the game some time ago due to continuing problems with a thigh injury which has kept him on the sidelines since November.
Two more key men in midfielder Corentin Tolisso and Thomas Muller are also missing. Tolisso is recovering from a serious knee injury while Muller is serving a suspension for his appalling head-high kick on Ajax’s Nicholas Tagliafico in December.
Franck Ribery is ready to face Liverpool in the Champions League after the birth of his baby
Jerome Boateng (top) will, however, miss the last-16 first leg clash at Anfield due to illness