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12:00 AM, February 19, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, February 19, 2019

Bayern fly to Liverpool

Bayern Munich jetted to Liverpool for Tuesday's Champions League, last-16 first leg without centre-back Jerome Boateng and hoping French winger Kingsley Coman will be fit.

Boateng is out with an upset stomach, leaving Mats Hummels to partner Niklas Suele at Anfield.

Boateng and Franck Ribery were the biggest names missing when the team flew out of Munich on Monday.

Ribery, 35, who could replace Coman if he fails to recover from an ankle injury, is expected to travel separately after becoming a father for the fifth time on Sunday night.

Bayern's main concern is Coman, who was outstanding in Friday's 3-2 win at Augsburg, equalising twice and then setting up David Alaba for the winning goal, only to limp off late on with an ankle injury.

"It looks quite positive, the ankle is a bit better," said sports director Hasan Salihamidzic on Monday, despite Bayern having passed Coman fit to play two days before.

Bayern, currently second in the Bundesliga, are happy to hand the favourites' tag to Premier League title-chasing Liverpool.

This will be the Bavarian giants' first match at Anfield since the 1981 European Cup semifinals, when Liverpool went through on away goals after a goalless draw and beat Real Madrid in the final.

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