Liverpool midfielder Thiago has a good chance of being fit for this weekend’s Champions League final, according to reliable journalist Paul Joyce.
The Lowdown: Season-defining match
The Reds face their biggest game of a monumental season on Saturday night as they come up against Real Madrid at the Stade de France in Paris.
Victory for Jurgen Klopp’s side would seal a trophy treble this season, further outlining their status as one of the greatest English club sides of all time.
The Latest: Joyce drops Thiago boost
Taking to Twitter on Wednesday, Joyce communicated Klopp’s comments that Thiago is now looking likely to be fit for the final on Saturday, having made a swift recovery from his weekend knock.
The journalist stated: “Jurgen Klopp said Thiago Alcantara has a good chance of making the Champions League final. He will train this afternoon. Klopp: ‘It is surprisingly good’.”
The Verdict: Massive news for Liverpool
This is an absolutely enormous boost for Liverpool, with Thiago enjoying a sensational season, proving to be one of the best midfielders in the country.
He has posted a 90% passing success rate this term, ranking him in the 92nd percentile for positional peers in Europe’s top five leagues (as per FBRef) and bettered only by sporadic first-teamer Curtis Jones among Klopp’s midfielders.
The 31-year-old brings so much class and control to the Reds’ midfield, while he also has the experience of winning Champions League finals with Barcelona and Bayern Munich. Therefore, Liverpool being without him on Saturday would have given Real Madrid a huge boost, allowing their midfield a greater chance of dictating proceedings.
While there is no guarantee that Thiago will definitely be fit for two days’ time, this update certainly suggests that his progress is positive. His potential inclusion could be pivotal as to whether or not he and his team-mates are celebrating in Paris on Saturday night.
In other news, Liverpool are set to listen to offers for one player this summer. Find out who it is here.
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