Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp is optimistic that Thiago Alcantara will be fit to appear in the Champions League final against Real Madrid on Saturday (28/5).
The Spanish midfielder was withdrawn at half-time when Liverpool appeared in the English Premier League match against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday (22/5), due to an Achilles tendon injury.
Thiago did not train with his team-mates in a training session that was open to the media on Wednesday (25/5) but Klopp admitted he was surprised at the speed with which the player’s injury recovered.
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“It seems he can train tomorrow. That will help us a lot. We will see what happens next,” said Klopp.
“The news is very good. After the Wolves game everything looked bad but now things don’t look so bad. We’ll see.”
“I can imagine everyone thinking, ‘Three days before the game and can’t train’. However, we will make sure to run everything right,” he continued.
Despite a 3-1 win over Wolves, Liverpool still failed to win the Premier League as Manchester City managed to come back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 over Aston Villa and become champions with a one-point advantage over the Reds.
However, having won the FA Cup and League Cup, Liverpool could complete their treble this season if they beat Real Madrid in Paris.
“Without the Champions League title, our season has been great. With the Champions League title, our season will be extraordinary,” said Klopp.
Real Madrid successfully beat Liverpool in the 2018 Champions League final. However, the Reds are now different from those defeated by Los Blancos five years ago.
“It’s a great thing to reach a third Champions League final in five years,” said Klopp, who will lead his team in their fourth Champions League final after guiding Borussia Dortmund to the 2013 final before losing 2-1 to Bayern Munich.
“You never know when you will reach the Champions League final again so you have to make the most of it,” said Klopp.
“I can’t wait to play in the final. I know it will be tough but playing in the final is something special,” concluded the German coach. (AFP/OL-1)