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Jurgen Klopp reveals Liverpool’s major boost ahead of Champions League final

Jurgen Klopp reveals Liverpool have received a major fitness boost ahead of the Champions League final… with the German saying it ‘looks good’ Fabinho and Thiago will be fit to face Real Madrid in Paris

  • Liverpool boosted by Fabinho and Thiago Alcantara returns
  • The two players gave Jurgen Klopp a scare with injury problems this month
  • Klopp and his players trained on the field of Stade de France on Friday evening

Both Fabinho and Thiago Alcantara are expected to be fit to play 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 photographed flying to Paris earlier on Friday.

At his final press conference before Saturday’s Champions League final at the Stade de France, Klopp was delighted when asked about the potential for the two injured midfielders to play.

Jurgen Klopp was in a good mood at the last press conference for the Champions League runner

Jurgen Klopp was in a good mood at the last press conference for the Champions League runner

Klopp revealed that both Fabinho (left) and Thiago Alcantara (right) are in good shape for the final

Klopp revealed that 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 to be here now and get a feel for the stadium, the venue and that’s all good.

†[They] looking good. Fabinho trained completely normally. Thiago is training today and we will continue from there.’

Thiago went to France as the bigger concern after stumbling out of last Sunday’s last win over Wolves.

Thiago (second from left) limped in last league game of the season against Wolves

Thiago (second from left) limped in last league game of the season against Wolves

The Spaniard complained of an Achilles tendon, which made him doubt his availability for the final against Real Madrid.

Fabinho returned to training earlier this week after missing the last three games with a hamstring problem, picked up in a win over Aston Villa.

Both players are crucial to Klopp’s midfield and the news of their recovery is a welcome boost for the German and the club’s supporters.

Klopp and his players trained on the newly constructed Stade de France pitch on Friday before Real Madrid later had their session.

When asked whether the new pitch, which was not ready until 1am on Thursday, poses a problem, Klopp questioned the timing but was adamant he wouldn’t be caught complaining if both teams had the same problem.

Klopp and his players are in a relaxed mood as they train on the newly constructed field in Paris

Klopp and his players are in a relaxed mood as they train on the newly constructed field in Paris

“When you say the field looks new, that’s usually good news, but of course this isn’t the best news,” he added.

“I have no idea (how it will play out), but we will do a completely normal session as planned. Of course, that’s not much at this stage of the season.

“I saw the umpires in their session and the balls fall normally, so that’s helpful.

“The good news is that both teams play on this pitch. Someone thought it was a good idea to bring the field the day before the game, so it’s an… interesting idea. But it didn’t ruin my mood at all! As long as both teams have the same circumstance, I’m fine with it.’

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