Liverpool’s players and staff have touched down in Paris ahead of Saturday’s Champions League final against Real Madrid.
Supporters of Liverpool were given a huge boost on Friday when Fabinho and Thiago were seen boarding the plane to Paris with their Reds team-mates at John Lennon Airport.
The Reds were provided further encouragement when Jurgen Klopp revealed that the Spanish midfielder would be 100 per cent available for the clash at the Stade de France.
Trent Alexander-Arnold looks relaxed as he arrives at the Stade de France for a training session
Virgil Van Dijk bore his customary look of ultra focus when he stepped off the coach
Thiago’s presence in the travelling party gave Liverpool an enormous boost on Friday
Jurgen Klopp revealed in his pre-Saturday media duties that Thiago would be available
The players looked ultra focused as they arrived at the venue for tomorrow’s game for a final training session before they embark on their mission to claim their third trophy of the season.
Fabinho and Thiago were included in Liverpool’s travelling squad after overcoming injury concerns in time for the clash in Paris.
Thiago returned to training after picking up a knock in Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Wolves last Sunday while Fabinho has not featured for the Reds since May 10, where he sustained a muscular issue against Aston Villa.
The pair were pictured boarding the plane, which will give Liverpool fans hope that the pair could feature against Carlo Ancelotti’s side.
Jurgen Klopp greets to referee Clement Turpin at the Stade de France on Friday afternoon
Fabinho (right) and Luis Diaz (left) board the plane to Paris on Friday afternoon
Thiago wheels his case to the plane as he boards the flight with his Liverpool team-mates
Virgil Van Dijk (right) and Joe Gomez (left) wave to fans as they board their flight on Friday
Mohamed Salah was all smiles as he wheeled his luggage over to his flight
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp cuts a relaxed figure ahead of his team’s flight on Friday
And despite being over 24 hours from kick-off, Mohamed Salah and Co looked calm and composed as they arrived at the Stade de France for their final training session.
Real Madrid made their way to the French capital on Thursday evening as they looked to get settled ahead of this grand finale to another thrilling season.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side will be aiming to win the competition for the 14th time against Liverpool – which would be double the amount of AC Milan who are next best with seven.
Liverpool are joint-third in the European Cup/Champions League all-time winners list with six titles, alongside Bayern Munich.
And winning a seventh European title for Liverpool would complete a dream six months for their newest star, Luis Diaz.
Divock Origi fist-bumps airport staff – the Belgian will certainly miss tomorrow’s game
Full back duo Andy Robertson (left) and Trent Alexander-Arnold (right) make their way across the tarmac to board their flight
Sadio Mane (centre) looks un fazed as he makes his way to the plane on Friday
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson makes his way up the stairs and boards the flight
The exciting Colombia forward has been a revelation since joining the Reds from Porto in January.
His arrival gave Klopp’s attack a timely injection of energy and then helped them maintain momentum as they chased what would have been an extraordinary quadruple.
They fell just short in their quest to add the Premier League title to the two domestic cups already won, but they can make instant amends in Saturday’s Paris showpiece.
‘Always I have dreamed of winning the Champions League,’ said Diaz.
‘Even more so (to be playing) against a team like Real Madrid, for me I am living a great dream.
‘I want to take advantage of these moments and be happy.’
Alisson (left) and Brazilian compatriot Roberto Firmino make their way onto the plane
Liverpool talisman Salah (left) is welcomed on board as TV cameras follow him on
Diaz, 25, has certainly hit the ground running at Anfield and immediately established himself as a key component of their feared attack.
That is no mean feat with manager Klopp’s other options including Sadio Mane, Salah, Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino, but Diaz is modest about his own contribution.
‘I don’t believe so,’ he said, when asked if he is the team’s most in-form player. ‘I think every one of us is in very good shape to compete at a high level, not only me.
‘Everyone in the squad is in good form. I know if I am given the opportunity I will go out there to take advantage like always.’
Real beat Liverpool when the two sides met in the 2018 final but, after their exhilarating title race with Manchester City in which both clubs hit remarkable standards of consistency, the Reds are considered favourites this time.
The plane carrying Liverpool’s players departed from John Lennon Airport on Friday afternoon
Diaz, however, insists that is not how anyone at Anfield is viewing the game as they head to Paris for the clash at the Stade de France.
‘There are no favourites (considered) here,’ he said. ‘We know that a final is contested minute by minute.
‘We are going to give 100 per cent. We know what we have to do.
‘Clearly, we know what Real Madrid have – what a great team they are, the experience they have – but we also have a great squad and our great game and we are going to counteract what they do.’