Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has confirmed he is feeling better and is confident of featuring in the crucial Champions League tie vs Liverpool in the first leg at Anfield. The 32-year-old missed Bayern’s last two games in the Bundesliga after injuring his thumb, and restricted himself to using his feet only during training on Saturday, however he expects himself to be fit in time for the visit to Merseyside.
While speaking to ESPN, Neuer said, “I am fine, it’s not that bad. I think our medical [staff] will push me into goal and if everything is fine in training, I will play. We are all positive. I think I will be between the sticks.”
The Bayern Munich keeper also talked about being excited to the visit to the famous home of the Reds from Liverpool.
“It’s the first game for me at Anfield, and I’m looking forward to playing there. We have heard a lot about the atmosphere in the stadium — everyone who watches football knows it’s special — and I think they will be two great games.”
“For us, the Champions League is very important. It is a knockout tie, two finals. We are happy to play in their stadium. Hopefully, it will be great night for us. But it depends on the result, of course.”
Liverpool are coming back to form after two consecutive draws in the Premier League points which saw Manchester City leapfrog them in the title race. Liverpool, however, have played a game less than City. Key players Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jordan Henderson and Gini Wijnaldum returned from injury, and were in the matchday squad against Bournemouth, which they won 3-0.
Liverpool will be without key defender Virgil Van Dijk who missed out on the first leg of the tie due to suspension.
The second leg of this tie will be played at the Allianz Arena on March 13.