Liverpool’s efforts to organise a suitable behind-closed-doors friendly match ahead of their Champions League final have taken a blow, according to reports.
The Reds incredible semi-final comeback in the Champions League against Barcelona saw them book a place in Madrid where they will take on Tottenham in the final.
The showpiece event will take place on June 1, meaning there is a three-week break between the end of the Premier League season and the final.
However, organising a match against a top-level opponent is proving difficult with the timing of a potential friendly coming as most players at other clubs jet off on holiday.
That could leave Klopp facing the prospect of preparing his side against an under-23 or academy side with the likes of Roberto Firmino – who has not appeared for the Reds since May 1 – in need of run out.