MATCHDAY: Liverpool-Real Madrid in Champions League final
A look at what’s happening in European soccer on Saturday:
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL
Liverpool’s injury concerns have eased ahead of the final against Real Madrid in Paris, with midfielders Fabinho and Thiago Alcantara back in full training. Thiago was the biggest worry for Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp after the Spain international came off with an Achilles tendon injury in the first half of the team’s 3-1 win over Wolverhampton on Sunday in the final round of the English Premier League. Thiago took part in a short practice at the Stade de France on Friday, having returned to training on Thursday. Fabinho, another central midfielder, appears to have recovered from the hamstring injury sustained on May 10 and which forced him to miss the FA Cup final and Liverpool’s final two league games. Klopp said it “looks good” for both midfielders. Madrid should be fresher after clinching the Spanish league almost a month ago. Coach Carlo Ancelotti was able to rest his key players for the final four matches of the league. Ancelotti had no key injury issues to contend with. It is the third meeting between the teams in the European Cup final, with Liverpool winning in 1981 — also in Paris — and Madrid winning in Kyiv in 2018. That was the last of Madrid’s 13 titles. Liverpool can move onto seven titles in the competition, tied for second with AC Milan.
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