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Jurgen Klopp provides update on Firmino ahead of Champions League final

By Mohamed Moallim

Published: 17:55, 31 May 2019 | Updated: 18:08, 1 June 2019

Jurgen Klopp has confirmed Roberto Firmino is fit to play in this season’s Champions League final against Tottenham Hotspur.

The second-ever all-English European Cup final will take place on June 1 at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid.

Firmino’s return: Five key things to know…

  1. Firmino was ruled out of Liverpool’s match against Huddersfield on April 26 due to a muscular injury.
  2. He’d return at the Camp Nou against Barcelona and would play the final 13 minutes.
  3. Firmino has missed Liverpool’s last three matches.
  4. He is the club’s leading goalscorer in the Champions League with four goals, alongside Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.
  5. Klopp has confirmed Firmino is ready to play the final against Spurs.

It will be the club’s ninth final and second under Klopp, who guided Liverpool to last year’s showpiece event in Kiev against Real Madrid.

However, on that day in May 2018, the Reds fell to a 3-1 defeat, their second consecutive European final defeat with Klopp at the helm. Unlike last time, though, Liverpool come into this final as strong favourites especially following their wins over Spurs this season.

In both games, Firmino, who has missed Liverpool’s last three matches, started and the Brazilian ‘false nine’ is available for selection but it remains to be seen whether or not he’s on the pitch at kick-off.

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“Yes, he’s ready,” Klopp told reporters. “He’s fit and he has trained. He should be fine. If he will start? I’ll only tell you if Poch gives away his full team!”

Squad announced

Liverpool named their 23-man travelling squad for Saturday’s Champions League final against Spurs. Among them was Firmino, but there was no Naby Keita, who Klopp ruled out earlier in the week.

“[There is] no chance for Naby,” he said when asked about the 24-year-old’s availability for Saturday’s Madrid showpiece.

Liverpool’s Champions League final squad: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Alisson, Rhian Brewster, Fabinho, Roberto Firmino, Joe Gomez, Jordan Henderson, Caoimhin Kelleher, Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren, Sadio Mane, Joel Matip, Simon Mignolet, James Milner, Alberto Moreno, Divock Origi, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Andy Robertson, Mohamed Salah, Xherdan Shaqiri, Daniel Sturridge, Virgil van Dijk, Georginio Wijnaldum.

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