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Liverpool left sweating over star midfielder’s injury for UCL final

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The Premier League runners-up will face Real Madrid in the Champions League final this Saturday.

Liverpool face an anxious wait to discover if midfielder Thiago Alcantara can face Real Madrid in the Champions League final in Paris.

The 31-year-old limped off shortly before half-time of the Reds’ 3-1 Premier League win over Wolves on Sunday. He was later seen wearing a strapping on his right ankle, as he joined his teammates for a post-match lap of honor at Anfield after the final whistle.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, however, plans to wait until Thiago undergoes a scan on Monday before giving any verdict on the injury.

“[It’s] not good, but I can’t say more,” Klopp said in a post-match press conference on Sunday.

“He was outside with the families, had his little girl on his shoulders, so he could walk, that’s obviously a good sign. All the rest we will see from tomorrow.

“[It’s the] lower part of the body. I know it, but actually don’t want to talk now about it. We will see. Give us a chance to have the [scan]; it makes the news not better or worse. We want to wait until we know more about it and then you will get the information as well.”

Origi out, but Fabinho could return

Divock Origi, on the other hand, definitely won’t be available to face Real Madrid. The striker has a muscle injury, which also ruled him out of the weekend’s match against Wolves.

The 27-year-old, therefore, won’t play again for Liverpool as he will leave the club once his contract expires this summer.

“Div is definitely out for the final because he [got] injured in the last second of the last session yesterday,” said Klopp.

“He got a muscle injury, so five days will not be enough for him. Apart from that, I think all have a chance – and hopefully Thiago as well – and then we will prepare.”

On the bright side, Fabinho is expected to return to training this week. A hamstring injury has sidelined the midfielder for the past three matches. He could join Virgil van Dijk, who made the bench on Sunday, back in the Reds line-up for the upcoming Champions League final.