Liverpool Boss Confirms Injury Boost Ahead Of Champions League Final

By on May 13, 2018

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Jurgen Klopp is confident James Milner will be fit for the Champions League final against Real Madrid after missing Liverpool’s 4-0 victory over Brighton this afternoon. 

The Reds’ vice-captain was forced to miss Liverpool’s final Premier League game at Anfield today with Dominic Solanke coming in to the starting eleven against Brighton.

Klopp confirmed before the match that Milner had picked up a minor muscle issue that prevented him from taking part in training last week so he wasn’t risked against the Seagulls this afternoon.

Liverpool coped well without the 32-year-old as goals from Mohamed Salah, Dejan Lovren, Dominic Solanke and Andrew Robertson sealed a 4-0 win and secured fourth place in the table.

Speaking to reporters after the game, Klopp offered an update on Milner and said the midfielder will be ‘fine’ and should recover over the next two weeks ahead of the Champions League final against Real Madrid.

Klopp is quoted by the Irish Independent as saying:

“James Milner will be fine, just today was a bit early for him. Two weeks break is perfect for us.

“We will be ready for the final, now I am really looking forward to it. We couldn’t think about it as long as we are not in the Champions League next year.”

The news will come as a huge relief as Klopp is already low on options in the middle of the park with Emre Can expected to miss the Madrid game with an on-going back injury while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been ruled out for several months following knee surgery.

Milner has been in excellent form in recent weeks so the experienced midfielder is expected to take his place alongside Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum against Madrid later this month.

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