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    Neuer boosts Bayern ahead of Liverpool trip with fitness call

    Manuel Neuer Germany World Cup 2018

    He is, however, expecting to be back to full fitness by the time the visit to Merseyside is made.

    Neuer told ESPN FC: “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 [against Liverpool].

    “We are all positive. I think I will be between the sticks.”

    A knock for Neuer has been one of several unwelcome headaches for Bayern in the 2018-19 campaign.

    They remain off the pace in the domestic title race, with Borussia Dortmund continuing to lead the way in the Bundesliga.

    Niko Kovac’s side have, however, suffered just one defeat in their last 12 games across all competitions – emerging victorious in nine of those matches.

    Neuer is feeling upbeat as part of a trophy-chasing squad and says he is looking forward to taking in a first trip to Liverpool of his distinguished career.

    He added: “It's the first game for me at Anfield. 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.”

    After facing Liverpool at Anfield, Bayern will welcome the Reds to the Allianz Arena for a return date on March 13.

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