‘Bobby looks really good’: Jurgen Klopp reveals Roberto Firmino should return to full training TODAY as Liverpool star battles back from injury ahead of Champions League final
- Liverpool face Tottenham in the Champions League final in Madrid on June 1
- Roberto Firmino has been training with the squad after missing last three games
- Jurgen Klopp is hopeful Firmino will be back in full training in Marbella by Friday
- ‘Today he was in around about 70 per cent of the session,’ Liverpool boss said
Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino is close to returning to full training ahead of the Champions League final, Jurgen Klopp has revealed.
The striker, who has missed the Reds’ last three games with a groin injury, has been making a staggered return to training during Liverpool’s warm weather camp in Marbella.
With less than two weeks to go before the June 1 showdown with Tottenham, Klopp said on Wednesday: ‘Bobby looks really good (and) he is now part of training.
Roberto Firmino pictured in training during Liverpool’s warm weather training camp
Brazilian forward Firmino appears to be winning his fitness race ahead of the Champions League final against Tottenham next Saturday as he trained in Marbella
‘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.’
Klopp is hopeful of getting Firmino some match action ahead of their trip to Madrid for next weekend’s final.
Mohamed Salah stretches as Liverpool’s Champions League final build-up continues
Trent Alexander-Arnold slaps on the suncream ahead of Liverpool’s training session
Sadio Mane keeps his eye on the ball as Liverpool prepare for their final against Tottenham
Georginio Wijnaldum smiles as the Liverpool players train in the sunshine in Spain
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain leads the way during sprint drills in Thursday’s training session
Striker Daniel Sturridge stretches his leg muscles ahead of training as Salah looks on
Manager Jurgen Klopp addresses his players ahead of the session in sunny Marbella
The German coach takes a breather to speak with goalkeeper Alisson on the sidelines
Jordan Henderson pictured during a warm-up exercise in Thursday’s training session
Liverpool are reportedly looking to play a friendly in Marbella this weekend as their preparations for the Champions League final gather pace.
The June 1 clash in Madrid comes nearly three weeks after the Reds’ final domestic match of the season and Klopp is taking measures to ensure his players aren’t rusty come kick-off.
According to the Guardian, the opponents for the friendly have yet to be decided, with many teams still in domestic action and some countries planning for upcoming internationals.
Should they fail to find a senior team to face, however, Liverpool will reportedly settle for an academy or Under 23 team to help give them more match practice.