Liverpool midfielders Emre Can and James Milner will be fit for tomorrow’s Champions League final against Real Madrid in Kiev, manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed.
Can has made a quicker-than-expected recovery from the back injury that has kept him out of action since late March.
The 24-year-old is rumoured to be leaving Liverpool this summer, but his availability is a boost for Klopp as the Reds chase a sixth European title.
Milner, 32, missed his side’s 4-0 win over Brighton on the final day of the Premier League season with a minor injury.
Like his German colleague, he has now recovered and is able to lend his considerable experience to Liverpool’s challenge to halt Madrid’s hunt for a third consecutive Champions League title.
While Milner was expected to make a swift return to action, Klopp admitted he has been surprised by Can’s return.
“Millie was clear [he would be fit] and Emre is a surprise,” he told the club’s official website.
“He told me he would come back, try this and that and then we would talk to people.
“We thought it would be difficult, but he came back and from the first day it was like, ‘OK, that looks good, how do you feel?’ ‘Very good’ and then the next day ‘very good’ again.
“Now he trains completely normal.
“He’s a nice option and that’s why he is with us.”
After training with the club in Marbella and Melwood during the week, Can is in contention – but no certainty – to make Liverpool’s 18-man matchday squad.
However, having not played since March, Klopp may be unlikely to risk starting him in the biggest game of the season.
However, Germany international, who has made 38 apperances for the club this season, scoring seven goals, would be an excellent option off the bench.
Klopp may well keep faith with the midfield trio of Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum and Milner that started the second leg of the semi-final against Roma and look to use Can as an impact substitute.
Aside from long-term absentees Adam Bogdan, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez, Liverpool have no other injury worries.
Liverpool (possible): Loris Karius; Andrew Robertson, Dejan Lovren, Virgil Van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold; Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum, James Milner; Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah