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Football news – Fabinho starts at centre-back for Liverpool against Bayern Munich

Fabinho starts at centre-back for Liverpool against Bayern Munich

20/02/2019 at 05:33Updated 20/02/2019 at 06:17

Fabinho has been named at centre-back for Liverpool in their Champions League last-16 first-leg tie at home to Bayern Munich.

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With Virgil van Dijk suspended and Dejan Lovren failing a late fitness test, Fabinho starts alongside Joel Matip for the clash at Anfield.

Roberto Firmino also features despite missing training on Monday, while Xherdan Shaqiri is only fit for the bench against his former side.

It is ultimately two changes for Liverpool, with Trent Alexander-Arnold and Jordan Henderson replacing James Milner and Van Dijk.

Meanwhile, Kingsley Coman has been passed fit for Bayern, while Franck Ribery is on the bench following the birth of his child, but Jerome Boateng, Thomas Muller and Arjen Robben are all out.

Liverpool XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Fabinho, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Keita, Mane, Salah, Firmino. Subs: Mignolet, Milner, Sturridge, Moreno, Lallana, Shaqiri, Origi.

Bayern XI: Neuer, Sule, Hummels, Thiago, Martinez, Lewandowski, Rodriguez, Gnabry, Alaba, Coman, Kimmich. Subs: Ulreich, Ribery, Rafinha, Davies, Mai, Sanches, Shabani.