According to Reds manager Jurgen Klopp, the midfield duo of Fabinho and Thiago Alcantara will be available to play in tonight’s big match against the Spanish champions after previous injury concerns.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference on Friday, Klopp said: “It looks good for both Thiago and Fabinho. Thiago trained yesterday with the team, trained today and we’ll go from there.”
Given the magnitude of tonight’s showdown against Carlo Ancelotti’s side, it will undeniably be a boost for Liverpool to have the midfield duo available for selection, and it will also surely have Klopp buzzing.
Taking into account how the pair has made a combined 105 tackles between them in the Premier League this season, the two best performers in Liverpool’s squad in this regard, it’s safe to say that their presence will be huge for the Reds against Real Madrid if they are fit enough to start.
Also, the fact that the Brazilian has made more blocks (51) throughout the league campaign than any other Liverpool player further highlights how crucial he could be tonight.
Focusing on his efforts in the Champions League, no other Reds player has equalled the average of tackles per game (2.3) that the 28-year-old has averaged throughout the tournament so far.
With Real Madrid scoring 80 goals in La Liga this season, the most in the Spanish top flight, and 28 goals in the Champions League (including a few against the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain), having Thiago and Fabinho available will surely give the Reds a better chance of overcoming Ancelotti’s formidable outfit.
If the duo are 100% fit enough to start tonight, then they should definitely be in the starting XI to take on Los Blancos. That could be a crucial factor in Liverpool potentially winning their seventh European Cup in a few hours’ time.