UCL : VVD and Gomez to Miss First Leg of Round of 16 Clash

Liverpool are set to be without Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez for the first leg of their Champions League last-16 encounter with Bayern Munich, with Jurgen Klopp revealing that the latter will not return from injury in time.

The Reds are set to welcome the German giants to Anfield on February 19.

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With that contest being staged on home soil, Klopp’s side will be desperate to secure a positive result and claim the upper hand in the heavyweight European encounter.

Van Dijk is set to miss out after picking up three yellow cards in the group stage to earn a one-match ban, while Gomez will be unavailable as he continues to work his way back from a broken leg suffered against Burnley in early December.

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Quizzed on whether the England international could be ready, Klopp said: “I don’t think so. Not a realistic target. After that? We will see.”

Prior to facing Bayern, Liverpool have two Premier League fixtures to contend with against West Ham and Bournemouth.

Trent Alexander-Arnold sits alongside Gomez on the treatment table, with the 20-year-old nursing a knee complaint.

“Trent and Joe are not fit,” Klopp said.

“There is no return date for Joe. Trent is getting better and better and better and is really close. I hope he is in full training next week.”

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