Thiago Alcantara: Liverpool should be without an injured Spanish midfielder for the Champions League final | Soccer News
Liverpool are set to be without influential midfielder Thiago Alcantara for the Champions League final against Real Madrid after his injury on Sunday’s final day of the Premier League season.
A rollercoaster afternoon saw Reds fans buoyed by Manchester City’s struggles against Aston Villa as they wanted their side to find a way to overcome Wolves after conceding an early goal.
Spain playmaker Thiago set up Sadio Mane with a nice backheel in Liverpool’s 3-1 win at Anfield – which ultimately wasn’t enough to skip City – but limped off shortly before half-time after appearing to pull a muscle while kicking the ball.
“I think he’ll be knocked out of the final but I don’t know. He’s limping, so maybe that’s not the best sign,” Klopp said. When asked what part of the body was injured, he added: “Lower part of the body. I know what it is but I don’t want to say it.”
Liverpool already have doubts about the fitness of defensive midfielder Fabinho, who suffered a muscle problem against Aston Villa on May 10 and missed the club’s FA Cup triumph on penalties against Chelsea the following week.
The Champions League final in Paris on Saturday is a rematch of the 2018 showpiece in Kyiv which Real Madrid won 3-1 after Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah was injured.
At least the Egyptian seemed to have shaken a blow in the win over Wolves by coming on and scoring his second goal to finish as the Premier League’s top scorer this season.
Klopp’s pride tinged with disappointment
Klopp was proud but disappointed after watching his Liverpool side miss out on the Premier League title to Manchester City.
The result ended Liverpool’s hopes of winning an unprecedented treble ahead of the Champions League final against Real Madrid, and Klopp said: “The boys have played an incredible season.
“The whole 21-22 run so far is absolutely exceptional. Today’s game again showed so much about these boys. We conceded an early goal which gave us a blow. We didn’t didn’t really play football, not like we usually play.
“We had to take Thiago out early, which isn’t helpful, and then you always find a way. That’s absolutely exceptional. 92 points, that’s obviously crazy with all the games we’ve played.
“So yeah, I’m proud but I’m disappointed, of course. It’s not cool but it’s not completely unexpected, obviously. It was clear before the game that a lot of things had to happen.
“Congratulations to Man City and Pep Guardiola, to all the staff and all the players, to the whole club, for being champions. We were close but ultimately not close enough.”
Liverpool need to reset quickly and look to the meeting with Real in Paris, and Klopp said: “We will try absolutely everything.
“It’s never happened before that you go completely without a knock in a final. We’ve had our knocks. We have five days to prepare for the final. We’re up against an incredible and experienced team. Of course, losing the league today increases the desire to do it right next week.”
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