Liverpool are struggling with their own injury problems at the back, but have been boosted by the news that Jerome Boateng will miss the game at Anfield.

The Bundesliga champions have confirmed that the German defender will not be available for the game, with a number of players now missing out on the tie.

Niko Kovac explained that Boateng is missing because of a gastrointestinal infection.

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Arjen Robben, Corentin Tolisso and Thomas Muller will also miss the game for Bayern.

Boateng has not endured his best season for Bayern but remains one of the more experienced defenders in Europe.

The Reds could also be lining up with a makeshift defence after Jurgen Klopp confirmed that Dejan Lovren is unlikely to return in time.

Fabinho could be used as a central defender to make up the numbers, something he has done on a number of occasions this season.