Tonight will see Liverpool hosting Bayern Munich in the Champions League round of 16. The first leg of the tie will be crucial and if the Reds are to progress they’ll need to take a lead to Munich. However, yesterday the news broke that Roberto Firmino had missed training with a virus and was a doubt, leading to fans calling for Daniel Sturridge.
How would you lineup without Bobby? Shaq on the right, Salah in the middle?! https://t.co/n7E3DikPzx
— Empire of the Kop (@empireofthekop) 18 February 2019
Most Liverpool fans have got faith in their Brazilian frontman to be fit in time for tonight’s clash, and they’ll all be panicking if he’s not. However, if Firmino is to miss out Jurgen Klopp has plenty of options available to him. The likes of Sturridge, Divock Origi, Xherdan Shaqiri and Mo Salah can all be used to deputise for the ex-Hoffenheim man, although it’s far from ideal to be without your starting centre-forward.
Liverpool have already come through some tough games at Anfield in the Champions League this season. Jurgen Klopp masterminded wins over both Napoli and PSG in the group stages, and in that PSG win Sturridge started and scored. This time around, Bayern will be a different clash to both of those group stage clashes seeing as this is a must-win for the Reds, however, be it Sturridge of Firmino, the fans will have faith in getting a win.
You can read the Kopites’ verdict on who should play if Firmino’s out here:
Sturridge or origi up top. Salah out wide.
— matty clark (@mattyclark10) February 18, 2019
Why not Sturridge and take a gamble
— Friday Feeling.. (@IMS899) February 18, 2019
Shaqiri at no 10, mane left,salah right and sturridge up top squad game guys squad game.
— DAVID ANDREW JOHN O (@bigdave19024) February 18, 2019
— Magovi (@MagoviFantazija) February 18, 2019
If firmino doesn’t play tonight we need to see the return of high top fade and long sleeve sturridge
— Dan Burt (@danburt123) February 19, 2019
— fullmetal007 (@fullmetal007) February 19, 2019
Yeah rest him and start stud….
— Raj Sangar (@Raj_Wonderboy) February 19, 2019
The Reds are all keen to see Sturridge feature tonight, although ideally, they wouldn’t have to worry about Firmino’s absence at all.