Liverpool handed massive boost ahead of Bayern Munich clash

Thomas Muller has received a two-match ban by UEFA meaning he will miss both legs of Bayern Munich’s Champions League last-16 clash with Liverpool.

The German forward was sent off for a horrific tackle on Ajax defender Nicolas Tagliafico in a dramatic 3-3 draw with Eredivisie giants last month, Bayern’s final game of Group E.

Thomas Muller made contact with Nicolas Tagliafico’s head while challenging for the ball and the match had to be paused as the Ajax ace received medical treatment on the ground.

The Germany international apologised to the full-back following the incident and has now been handed his punishment by UEFA.

Liverpool host Bundesliga champions at Anfield in the first leg of the Champions League clash on February 19 before heading to the Allianz Arena for the return leg on March 13.

Speaking after his red card, Thomas Muller said: ‘I would like to apologise to Nico Tagliafico. There was no intention [in the foul]. Get well.’

The 29-year-old attacker is a key man for the German giants and his absence will surely be a huge blow for the Bavarians who are desperate to reinforce attack and are willing to sign Callum Hudson-Odoi.