Jurgen Klopp has stated with some certainty that Fabinho is going to be able to go to the Champions League final at the end of May..
The Brazilian was forced off of the pitch after just 30 minutes of Liverpool’s crucial 2-1 win over Aston Villa in the Premier League on Tuesday, with scans showing his hamstring had strained.
Fabinho is definitely out for the remainder of the Reds domestic campaign, including Saturday’s FA Cup final against Chelsea at Wembley. The two final Premier League games of Liverpool come in midweek against Southampton, followed by Wolves at Anfield on the last day of the season.
There was initial concern that the defensive midfielder was dealing with a race against time being in good shape for the Champions League showpiece against Real Madrid in Paris on 28 May, but Klopp has eased fears that Fabinho may miss the rematch of the 2018 final.
“He [Fabinho] will certainly be back for the Champions League final,” the German stated in a pre-Chelsea press conference on Friday..
Asked how his team will manage without their most defensive minded midfielder for the rest of the household campaign as well as the job others will play, the German continued: “That part is very important. In case these boys did not display the attitude they’d in training throughout the season (Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, Harvey Elliott, Curtis Jones), we had no possibility to do what they did this season.
Klopp added about Chelsea’s opponents on Saturday: “We did not beat Chelsea in the final of the Carabao Cup,” he said. We won the match. As I said before, without luck you’ve no chance, and that day luck was on our side. We are aware Chelsea happens to be very good. Both teams are going to try to win.
“It’s a totally different game.” I have to say that Chelsea is a really well- managed team. They’ve a concept for all aspects of the game. They’re defensively organised. There are so many options, we don’t know how Thomas Tuchel will play. They have a similar system to other people, but at a different level..