Roberto Firmino can’t stop smiling after being ruled fit to play in the Champions League final as he and his Liverpool team-mates train at Melwood before flying back to Madrid
- Liverpool continue to prepare for Champions League final against Tottenham
- Roberto Firmino has been ruled fit to play for the European showpiece in Madrid
- Jurgen Klopp’s men have enjoyed warm-weather training in Marbella last week
- The Reds returned to Liverpool and took part in a training session at Melwood
Roberto Firmino appeared to be in a good mood as Liverpool continued to build towards the Champions League final in Madrid this Saturday.
The Brazilian striker has passed fitness tests and will be available to play against Tottenham at the Wanda Metropolitano, leaving him with a massive grin on his face as he trained with his team-mates on Tuesday afternoon.
And it seems it wasn’t just Firmino that was in a positive mood as Mohamed Salah, Georginio Wijnaldum and Virgil van Dijk all had smiles plastered across their faces.
Roberto Firmino was all smiles as he took part in Liverpool’s training session at Melwood
Jurgen Klopp (right) and his Brazilian striker was in joyful moods during the training session
Virgil van Dijk (left), Mohamed Salah (centre) and Fabinho (right) all have a laugh in training
Georginio Wijnaldum shows off his smile as the Liverpool stars were put through their paces
Jurgen Klopp’s men recently returned to the north west of England to prepare at the club’s Melwood training ground after they enjoyed a warm-weather training camp in Marbella.
While it was all smiles for most of the squad, Klopp revealed that Naby Keita would unfortunately miss the Madrid showpiece through injury.
Keita missed the final weeks of the Premier League season after picking up an adductor injury in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final against Barcelona.
However the German boss confirmed on Tuesday that he would not be fit in time to feature this weekend.
Salah (right) can’t stop laughing as Dejan Lovren (left) looks on during the session on Tuesday
Liverpool’s Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson gets down quickly to save a shot during training
Andy Robertson, who is one of Liverpool’s best attacking outlets, practices crossing the ball
‘There’s no chance for Naby, but he’s progressing well,’ Klopp said.
‘Bobby was part of training last week and will be a part again tomorrow and he’s looking good so he will be part of the final I’m sure.’
Klopp also claimed his team is the ‘best I’ve ever had,’ and believes the Reds are ready to lay the ghosts of the defeat by Real Madrid to rest.
Klopp looked at his squad with heads bowed while boarding their flight in Ukraine and knew they would be driven to quickly return to a European final.
‘The year before we wanted to be in Kiev, this year we want to win it. That’s the difference,’ Klopp said ahead of the all-English clash with Tottenham.
Firmino has been cleared to play in the Champions League final against Tottenham
The Liverpool players keep their fitness levels up ahead of the final in Madrid this weekend
‘It’s had a big influence on us. I remember that situation when we stood in the queue at Kiev on the way home. Heads down, very frustrated. You weren’t allowed to be angry. There were a lot of different emotions. But the plan was: we’ll come again. We’ll be there again. Now we are.
‘Each team who lost a final will think about putting it right. We have the chance to do that. That was the kick-start for the development of this team. This team doesn’t compare to the team last year.
‘These boys want to be there. It’s not like “oh, it’s coming up” and we get scared. We are a completely different team to last year.
‘It’s the best team I’ve ever had. Last year we conceded strange goals. It was nothing to do with performance. Three really strange goals.’