By 90Min
February 19, 2019

Liverpool have been handed a major fitness boost ahead of the first-leg of their Champions League round 16 tie against Bayern Munich, with the news that Roberto Firmino has met up with the rest of the squad.

The Brazilian had missed training at Melwood on Monday with a virus, casting doubt over whether the forward would be available for the game at Anfield. 

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As reporting by the Liverpool Echo, the 27-year-old has since met with the rest of the squad to finalise preparations for the first-leg of the tie against the reigning Bundesliga champions. 

Had Firmino, who has 11 goals and five assists across all competitions this season, not been available for the game then Daniel Sturridge would've led the line for Jurgen Klopp's side, although it appears that the German will be able to call upon the services of the Brazilian. 

Liverpool are already without a number of key individuals for the game, most notably in central defence, with Virgil van Dijk suspended for the first leg, while Joe Gomez is ruled out with injury and Dejan Lovren is still in doubt, meaning Joel Matip is likely to be partnered by Fabinho at the back.

The pair will more than likely have to keep tabs on Bayern's main goal threat, Robert Lewandowski, who already has 25 goals across all competitions this season, as well as becoming the competition's sixth-highest scorer with 53 goals during this season's edition.  

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Following the first leg, Liverpool face some tough Premier League matches against Manchester United, Watford, Everton and Burnley, before facing Die Roten in the second leg at the Allianz Arena on March 13. 

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