Jurgen Klopp spoke to the media at the Stade de France on Friday evening and gave an update on the injuries of Fabinho and Thiago, reporting that both midfielders appear to have conveyed their concerns about the injury.
It will be a huge boost for Liverpool’s midfielders if they both start the UEFA Champions League final and Klopp is optimistic about their situation.
“Yes, it looks good to both of them,” he confirmed at a press conference.
“Fabinho has trained normally and Thiago trained yesterday with the team, he will train today, and then we will leave.”
Discussing the challenge of dealing with 13 winners, Klopp agreed that this was something to consider, but added that the Reds had a solid record as well.
“We are preparing for a real match and a proper battle with Real Madrid, the most decorated club in the Champions League, and the manager who can win for the fourth time,” he said.
“We can’t achieve this in an instant. But, we also have experience. This is our third final in five years. That’s special.”
The first of these three finals in five years was also against Real Madrid, in Kyiv, and Mohamed Salah was open to retaliation, after being injured in the match. Klopp was asked if he was worried that the Egyptian would go too far in pursuit of this revenge.
“No one is worried about Salah thinking too much about 2018,” the coach said.
“We are all motivated by different things. All right.
“We want to fix things. But, that’s not the only thing we have to think about.”
The Liverpool manager also discussed the new stadium at the Stade de France.
“Someone thought it would be a good idea to bring a new stadium the day before the game,” he joked.
“It’s not good news, but I’ve seen the ball go down normally and we will have a normal time.
“It’s the same with Real Madrid. They will say the same.”
Finally, he was finally asked to comment on the Ukraine-Russia conflict and the fact that the final match was moved from St Petersburg to Paris.
“I’m really not thinking about that, and the war is still going on and we have to think about it,” he said.
“Perhaps the fact that this game is happening and not in St Petersburg is a clear message.”