When Roberto Firmino missed training on Monday with a virus, Liverpool fans were worried that the defensive injury crisis might have spread to the attack, but the Brazilian is set to start for the Reds against Bayern Munich after being named to the starting eleven.
The suggestion at the time from club-connected journalists was that Firmino’s absence was largely precautionary—and as much to prevent the virus spreading to teammates—and that has proven true with the announcement of today’s teamsheet with Firmino leading the line.
At the back, though, there are no pleasant surprises, as Joël Matip is the only natural centre half not just in the starting lineup but in the matchday squad. He will start alongside midfielder Fabinho, who looked good when forced into centre half duty against Wolves.
There is, though, good news in the return of Trent Alexander-Arnold to the starting lineup, and Xherdan Shaqiri is at least fit enough to make the bench—and, somewhat unexpectedly, Naby Keïta starts in midfield ahead of James Milner.
Liverpool’s Starting XI
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Fabinho, Robertson; Wijnaldum, Henderson, Keïta; Salah, Firmino, Mané
Mignolet, Milner, Sturridge, Moreno, Lallana, Shaqiri, Origi