Liverpool handed a major fitness boost ahead of the Champions League final

Thiago Alcantara-Liverpool

Liverpool have been handed a major fitness boost ahead of tonight’s meeting with Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League final.

The Reds, who face European heavyweights Real Madrid in Paris on Saturday, are in danger of playing the game without the services of midfielders Fabinho and Thiago Alcantara.

But according to Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp, both players are expected to be fit to feature in the game.

Both players were injured towards the end of the Premier League season as Liverpool navigated a hectic schedule to finish in second place, one point behind Manchester City.  

When speaking in his final press conference before Saturday’s Champions League final at the Stade de France, Klopp revealed that they are both in good shape ahead of the final.  

“We’re really excited about being here now and getting a feel for the stadium, the location and that is all good,” Klopp said.

“[They] look good. Fabinho trained completely normal., Thiago will train today and we will go from there.”

Spain midfielder Thiago headed to France amid the injury concerns after he limped out of last Sunday’s final day win over Wolves.

The 31-year-old complained of an Achilles problem, casting doubt on his availability for the final against Real Madrid. 

But for Fabinho, it was a matter of time as he 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.