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Jurgen Klopp reveals Liverpool have been handed a major fitness boost ahead of the Champions League final… with the German saying it ‘looks good’ that Fabinho and Thiago will be fit to take on Real Madrid in Paris
- Liverpool have been boosted by the returns of Fabinho and Thiago Alcantara
- The two players gave Jurgen Klopp a scare with injury problems this month
- Klopp and his players trained on the Stade de France pitch on Friday evening
Both Fabinho and Thiago Alcantara are expected to be fit to feature against Real Madrid, with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp revealing it ‘looks good’ for his two star midfielders.
There was growing optimism among supporters when both were pictured flying out to Paris earlier on Friday.
Speaking in his final press conference before Saturday’s Champions League final at the Stade de France, Klopp was in good spirits when asked about the potential for the two injured midfielders to play.
Jurgen Klopp was in good spirits in final press conference before Champions League runner
Klopp revealed both Fabinho (left) and Thiago Alcantara (right) are in good shape for the final
‘The mood is good, very good,’ he said.
‘We’re really excited about being here now and getting a feel for the stadium, the location and that is all good.
‘[They] look good. Fabinho trained completely normal., Thiago will train today and we will go from there.’
Thiago headed to France as the bigger concern after he limped out of last Sunday’s final day win over Wolves.
Thiago (second from left) limped off in the final league game of the season against Wolves
The Spaniard complained of an Achilles problem, casting doubt on his availability for the final against Real Madrid.
Fabinho returned to training earlier this week having been forced to miss the final three games with a hamstring problem, picked up in a win away to Aston Villa.
Both players are crucial to Klopp’s midfield and news of their recoveries comes as a welcome boost to the German and the club’s supporters.
Klopp and his players trained on the newly-laid Stade de France pitch on Friday before Real Madrid had their session later.
Asked whether the new pitch, which was only finished at 1am on Thursday, presents a problem, Klopp questioned the timing but was adamant he wouldn’t be caught moaning when both teams have the same problem.
Klopp and his players are in a relaxed mood as they trained on the newly-laid pitch in Paris
‘Usually when you say the pitch looks new that is good news but obviously this is not best news,’ he added.
‘I have no idea (how it will play) but we will do a completely normal session as planned. That’s obviously not a lot at this stage of the season.
‘I saw the refs in their session and the balls drop normal so that’s helpful.
‘The good news is both teams play on this pitch. Somebody thought it is a good idea to bring the pitch the day before the game so it is a… interesting idea. But it didn’t kill my mood a single per cent! As long as both teams have the same circumstance I’m fine with it.’