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  • David Tyrer

Klopp provides Firmino and Keita fitness updates

According to our manager, we can be quite hopeful that Roberto Firmino will be available for the Champions League final.


Whilst the news on Naby Keita is equally as positive, with regards his recovery, it's unlikely he'll be fit enough to make the final match day squad of the season.


Speaking to Liverpoolfc.com, Klopp said: "Naby is, I would say, a bit ahead of schedule, but that doesn’t mean anything for the final. He is now doing straight runs and all of that stuff, he feels comfortable with 50 per cent intensity and these things – but there is still a way to go.


"I know about the issues with Guinea and stuff like that; we don’t want to keep a player out if he can play – maybe they think it is like this, but it is not like this. For me, it would be good if Naby would be 100 per cent fit and could play the Africa Cup of Nations, to be 100 per cent honest. But we don’t know, we will see, and we need to work together with their medical department because in the end, a player who is fit – from my point of view – who can play, should play for his country.


"If he is not 100 per cent fit, he cannot play. That’s how it is. It is not important whether you play for your country or your club. That’s what we try to make sure. It looks good, very positive and we will see if there is a chance."


The Guinean FA had made some pretty inflammatory comments about Klopp, claiming he should keep his gob shut after saying Keita was out for at least two months, but it certainly seems more promising regarding Naby now.


As for Bobby, the news about his availability for the final was slightly more positive. He said:

"Bobby looks really good [and] he is now part of training.


"It was not too long out, but of course we are still careful and want to make sure nothing happens.


"We have a few days still and want to use them, that’s why he is in, out, in, out. Yesterday, he was only playing as a ‘joker’ [in the small-sided games] but it is good for him, the first step to play football again.


"Today he was in around about 70 per cent of the session. Tomorrow he will probably be in completely, we will see, then hopefully it will be fine."


Here's hoping we can get Bobby fit and ready for the final, as despite the good form of the likes of Divock Origi, we really do want him fit and firing when the final comes around on June 1st at 8pm.



 
 

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