Berlin - Bayern Munich jetted to Liverpool for Tuesday's Champions League,
last-16 first leg without centre-back Jerome Boateng and hoping French
winger Kingsley Coman will be fit.
Boateng is out with an upset stomach, leaving Mats Hummels to partner Niklas Suele at Anfield.
Boateng and Franck Ribery were the biggest names missing when the team flew out of Munich on Monday.
Ribery, 35, who could replace Coman if he fails to recover from an
ankle injury, is expected to travel separately after becoming a father
for the fifth time on Sunday night.
Bayern's main concern is Coman, who was outstanding in Friday's 3-2
win at Augsburg, equalising twice and then setting up David Alaba for
the winning goal, only to limp off late on with an ankle injury.
"It looks quite positive, the ankle is a bit better," said sports
director Hasan Salihamidzic on Monday, despite Bayern having passed
Coman fit to play two days before.
"We still have 36 hours and things can change, I can't say more."
Coman's injury is of particular concern after only returning in
December from four months out with torn ligaments in the same left
"It would be annoying not to have him, he brings a different dynamic
to our game," admitted Bayern head coach Niko Kovac on Friday.
Bayern, currently second in the Bundesliga, are happy to hand the
favourites' tag to Premier League title-chasing Liverpool, but are
"Liverpool are having a very strong season," said winger Serge Gnabry. "So it's in order that they are favourites.
"We have our strengths, we're FC Bayern and anything is possible."
However, veteran Dutch winger Arjen Robben, who misses the match with
a thigh injury, has seen enough to know what lies in store for Bayern.
"Everybody knows the atmosphere at Anfield is probably one of the
best you can imagine in Europe, so that's something you have to be aware
of," former Chelsea player Robben told the Daily Mail.
"But I think we're used to it, playing in big stadiums like that...
"In these top games there are not a lot of secrets. It's about little details and about just who has the best form that day."
This will be the Bavarian giants' first match at Anfield since the
1981 European Cup semi-finals, when Liverpool went through on away goals
after a goalless draw and beat Real Madrid in the final.