Liverpool was frustrated in their efforts to host a friendly this weekend before the Champions League final next Saturday, failing to find a strong opponent.
Jurgen Klopp and his team flew to Marbella on Monday to train in warm weather before the Spurs showdown in Madrid and the Liverpool boss had hoped to end the week with an exhibition match. There will be a 20-day gap between the Liverpool Premier League final – a 2-0 win over the Wolves – and the June 1st final. Klopp was keen to put his players to the test of reasonable opponents in a friendly match. This prospect seems unlikely, however, as most European clubs are on vacation after the close of their national championship. Serie A and Ligue 1 have a match to play this weekend.
According to reports, Liverpool has approached a number of Dutch clubs, including AZ Alkmaar, with a friendly invitation, but their efforts have been postponed. This means that Liverpool may have to play against the under-23s. Roberto Firmino is one of the players Klopp wants to find in the match. He missed Liverpool’s last three Premier League games and only 12 minutes of the Champions League semi-final against Barcelona. Klopp is optimistic that the Brazilian will be ready, saying: “He took part in about 70% of the session, tomorrow he will probably be completely in place, we will see, so I hope everything will be fine.”
Midfielder Naby Keita is expected to be absent, but Klopp said he was making good progress after an injury to an abductor. preparations for the final contrast with those of their opponents, the Spurs having no intention of playing a friendly match before the match, according to the Evening Standard. Part of the reason is that Mauricio Pochettino has more injury problems to deal with than Klopp, although Harry Kane, Jan Vertonghen and Davinson Sanchez have all resumed training yesterday and can all claim to play.
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