The worst-case scenario team Liverpool could play v Bayern Munich

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    Liverpool have known since December that they will have to do without the services of Virgil van Dijk when they return to Champions League action against Bayern Munich at Anfield.  The Netherlands skipper has sat out just one European game since arriving at Anfield in January 2018, the Reds’ round-of-16 0-0 draw with Porto, but even then that was through choice following Jurgen Klopp’s side first leg 5-0 win.  This season he been an ever-present in league and Europe, missing just 35 minutes against Southampton because of injury. Yet a yellow card received against Napoli in Liverpool’s last outing ensures the Reds will have to find a way to win without him.  Joe Gomez’s ongoing troubles with a fractured leg have ensured Klopp has known the England international would also be unavailable against the Bavarians, leading the Reds further stretched in defence.  But with just a week to go until the first leg against Bayern, Liverpool fans were left in a panic following the news Dejan Lovren had not travelled to their Marbella training camp as he continues his recovery from a hamstring injury, leaving Joel Matip as their only available centre-back for their clash with the Bundesliga giants should the Croatian not recover.  To add insult to injury, Klopp has also confirmed that go-to emergency centre-back Fabinho sat out training after landing in Marbella, though the Brazilian has not yet been ruled out of facing Bayern.  The same is true for Lovren and for Xherdan Shaqiri, who sat out the Reds’ victory over Bournemouth with an abdominal injury.  Meanwhile, James Milner and Gini Wijnaldum also sat out training as they continue to be troubled by illness but, having powered through regardless against Bournemouth, will almost certainly face Bayern with an extra week to recover.     However, Klopp will be without the services of long-term absentees Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Rhian Brewster and Nat Phillips despite their presence in Marbella.  When it rains, it pours. With an ever-growing list of absentees, it does leave the question what team could Liverpool put out if the very, very worst happens from what we know so far? We take a look… The certain starters…  Let’s start with the obvious. Alisson, Andy Robertson, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane are all guaranteed to be included on Klopp’s team-sheet against Bayern.  Naby Keita can also feel fairly confident of his place in the team given his much-improved performance against AFC Bournemouth.  Milner and Wijnaldum should retain their places too. If they can play through illness against Bournemouth, they’re not going to miss Bayern Munich! Who could come in?  After making his return from injury as a late substitute against the Cherries, it would be a surprise if Trent Alexander-Arnold didn’t start the Germans.  Back on the bench against Bournemouth following injury, captain Jordan Henderson is also expected to earn a recall regardless of Fabinho, Wijnaldum and Milner’s availability.  Adam Lal

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