James Milner compounds Liverpool’s midfield problems ahead of Champions League final as Jurgen Klopp reveals the player ‘couldn’t train the whole week’ due to injury
- Liverpool are short of midfield options ahead of the Champions League final
- James Milner has joined Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Emre Can out injured
- Adam Lallana returned to the first team and came off the bench against Brighton
Jurgen Klopp faces a headache going into the Champions League final as Liverpool’s midfield injury crisis deepens.
The Liverpool manager revealed that James Milner was not involved in the final Premier League match of the season against Brighton due to injury.
Klopp admitted Milner had not trained all week and with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Emre Can already out injured, the options in midfield are limited.
James Milner has not trained all week and faces a race to be fit for Champions League final
‘It’s a little injury. It’s serious enough to put him out for today; he couldn’t train the whole week,’ Klopp said prior to their 4-0 win against Brighton.
‘We hope it will work out. But we had to accept it and we had to think about solutions. That’s the solution: Dom is in the team. Now we can go.’
Milner has been an integral part of Liverpool’s Champions League campaign and leads the assists charts in the competition.
The 32-year-old now faces a race against time to be fit for May 26, when Liverpool play Real Madrid in the Champions League final.
Klopp could face a conundrum when picking his midfield for the match if Milner does not return.
Milner compounds Liverpool’s injury issues but positively Adam Lallana came off the bench
A serious knee injury sustained against Roma in the semi-final has ruled out Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, while soon to be out of contract Emre Can has been struggling with a back issue.
There was some positive news for Liverpool though, with Adam Lallana coming off the bench for the final 15 minutes to feature against Brighton on Sunday.
On Lallana returning to the team, Klopp said: ‘Good, of course. [He is] an important option for us.’
‘How long [he could play], I don’t know – we have to see what’s possible. But he trained completely normally, and that’s of course good for us in these times.’