Liverpool: Thiago and Fabinho start in Champions League final clash after fitness concerns

Thiago and Fabinho BOTH start for Liverpool as they name a full-strength starting XI for the Champions League final… after Real Madrid unveiled their own team news more than TWO HOURS ahead of kick-off in Paris

Thiago and Fabinho have both shrugged off fitness concerns and start for Liverpool this evening in their Champions League final clash against Real Madrid.

The midfield duo both travelled to the Stade de France with the team after recovering from injury issues, and have been selected by boss Jurgen Klopp.

Elsewhere, the Reds boast a full-strength team – with Mohamed Salah the star name and Luis Diaz selected ahead of Diogo Jota in their star-studded frontline.

Thiago has shrugged off fitness concerns to start for Liverpool in the Champions League final

Thiago has shrugged off fitness concerns to start for Liverpool in the Champions League final

Midfield partner Fabinho also lines up from the off, as the Reds look to lift the trophy again

Midfield partner Fabinho also lines up from the off, as the Reds look to lift the trophy again

Alisson starts in goal, with Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ibrahima Konate, Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson starting in defence.

Fabinho and Thiago will play next to captain Jordan Henderson, who will look to lift the Champions League for a second time, in the centre of the field.

Up top, Salah is also supported by Sadio Mane.

Boss Jurgen Klopp has selected a full-strength line-up for the clash at the Stade de France

Boss Jurgen Klopp has selected a full-strength line-up for the clash at the Stade de France

Klopp will be able to names such as Roberto Firmino, Jota, Joel Matip and James Milner depending on how the showdown plays out. 

Meanwhile, Gareth Bale and Eden Hazard are the big names on Real Madrid‘s bench.

In a surprise move, Carlo Ancelotti and Co unveiled their team news more than two hours before kick-off, and the Italian did not opt for any surprises with his selections.

Red-hot striker Karim Benzema leads the line for Madrid, while Marcelo, in what is likely to be his last ever game in the famous white jersey, is among the substitutes.

Gareth Bale has been named on Real Madrid's bench, and will eye up repeat final heroics

Gareth Bale has been named on Real Madrid’s bench, and will eye up repeat final heroics

Eden Hazard has also been forced to settle for a spot among the substitutes against the Reds

Eden Hazard has also been forced to settle for a spot among the substitutes against the Reds

Thibaut Courtois lines up in goal, while his four-man defence is made up of the usual suspects – Dani Carvajal, Eder Militao, David Alaba and Ferland Mendy. 

In midfield, Casemiro will start in his usual holding role, with magicians Toni Kroos and Luka Modric afforded freedom to create chances.

Vinicius Jr, who has formed a formidable partnership with Benzema this season, also makes the team, with Federico Valverde set to fly up and down his flank.

Red-hot Karim Benzema leads the line for Madrid, who unveiled their side two hours early

Red-hot Karim Benzema leads the line for Madrid, who unveiled their side two hours early

Rodrygo, the man who helped kickstart Madrid’s stunning comeback in the semi-finals against Manchester City, has been forced to settle for a spot on the bench.

There, he is also joined by the likes of Eduardo Camavinga, Marco Asensio, Lucas Vasquez and Isco, all of whom will hope they can make the difference. 

Initially, there were question marks over the fitness of Alaba, who has not played since the first-leg defeat at City, but he was expected to be fit and indeed is.

Carlo Ancelotti has sprung no surprises, although Rodrygo is unfortunate not to be starting

Carlo Ancelotti has sprung no surprises, although Rodrygo is unfortunate not to be starting

Advertisement


Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *