Manuel Neuer believes he will be fit enough to play for Bayern Munich in their upcoming Champions League clash against Liverpool, ESPN reports.
The goalkeeper had been nursing a hand injury, prompting concerns that he would not be available for Niko Kovac as he prepared for the round of 16 first leg against the Reds.
However, the German international has allayed fears that he will miss the encounter against Liverpool on February 19. 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 [against Liverpool]. We are all positive. I think I will be between the sticks.
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 a great night for us. But it depends on the result, of course.
The Reds will be desperately hoping to gain the upper hand in the two-legged fixture when they welcome the reigning Bundesliga champions to Anfield later this month.
Neuer was sidelined for Bayern’s defeat at Bayer Leverkusen at the start of February and also missed their recent 3-1 victory over Schalke.
However, as the crunch clash between the German side and Liverpool draws nearer, it seems he is confident that he will overcome his injury to battle Jurgen Klopp’s side.