Klopp Gives Mixed Injury News On Firmino & Keita For Champions League Final

Firmino & Keita Injury News

Roberto Firmino will very likely feature in Liverpool's Champions League final but Naby Keita is definitely ruled out.

Firmino missed four of Reds' last five matches with a groin problem, while Keita has been sidelined since the Champions League first leg with Barcelona having suffered an adductor problem.

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But while Firmino is fit to feature, Keita is now facing a battle to be fit for Guinea at the Africa Cup of Nations scheduled for next month.

“No chance for Naby (in Madrid),” said Jurgen Klopp on Tuesday. “But Naby is really progressing well.

“We will see how it will work out for him for the African Cup of Nations.

“Bobby was part of training last week, really good, everything looked fine. He will be fine, I am pretty sure.”

Liverpool and Spurs will have had 20 days to prepare for the final having finished their Premier League campaigns on May 12.

And Klopp believes that long break will not give either side a particular advantage.

“It's not negative because both teams have the same time to use or to lose the rhythm,” he said. “That is how it is.

“Our life is a constant challenge. Ask me three days (to prepare) or three weeks, I always take three weeks, 100%.

“The best thing would be one week but that is not possible because of the cup final.

“Bobby can use the time between the cup final and the final.”

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And Klopp added: “I never had a pre-season where we train three weeks without a game so we had an internal game last Saturday but in the end, a final we all will be fresher than three weeks ago.”

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