Champions League final worry for Liverpool as midfielder misses training but two stars do return

Date published: Wednesday 25th May 2022 2:12 - Dan Butterfield

Liverpool midfielders Fabinho and Thiago

Liverpool have suffered a big injury worry ahead of the Champions League final with midfielder Thiago not seen in training on Wednesday.

The Spanish midfielder limped off shortly before half-time in Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Wolves on the final day of the season.

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp revealed after the game that he didn’t think Thiago would be available to play in the final in Paris, but admitted they would wait and give him the chance to prove his fitness.

“I think he’ll be out of the final but I don’t know,” Klopp told Sky Sports. “He’s limping, so it’s maybe not the best sign.”

In another interview with beIN Sports, Klopp added: “With Thiago we have to wait, all the others will be back.”

The fact that he was seen in team training on Wednesday makes it unlikely that he be able to feature against Real Madrid.

However, Liverpool have been given some good news with Fabinho and Joe Gomez returning to training just in time for the final.

Brazilian midfielder Fabinho was taken off in the first half of the 2-1 win over Aston Villa two weeks ago whilst Gomez was substituted at half-time of the trip to Southampton last Tuesday.

Gomez would be unlikely to start the final anyway with Joel Matip and Ibrahima Konate ahead of him in the pecking order to start alongside Virgil van Dijk.

However, Fabinho’s return to training will be welcomed by Klopp, especially if Thiago is to be unavailable.

Meanwhile, Liverpool chairman Tom Werner has admitted he doesn’t want to imagine the club without Jurgen Klopp in charge. 

In an interview with The Athletic, the American said: “I want to give some credit to Ulla. She was very helpful in suggesting to Jurgen that he should extend his tenure at Liverpool.

“Mike Gordon talks to Jurgen a number of times every day. He kept us updated on the fact that Jurgen was considering an extension. But until it happened I just held my breath.

“It’s wonderful that he’s going to be with us for a few more years. I was so pleased, because there’s such a sense that nobody wants to think of the day when Jurgen is no longer manager of this club.”

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