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Keita ruled out of Champions League final but Firmino is winning fitness race

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Naby Keita won't be fit for Saturday's Champion...



Keita ruled out of Champions L...
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Keita ruled out of Champions League final but Firmino is winning fitness race

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Naby Keita won't be fit for Saturday's Champions League final against Tottenham in Madrid.

The Guinea midfielder is still recovering from a thigh injury he picked up against Barcelona at the beginning of the month.

But Klopp says there's better news regarding the fitness of forward Roberto Firmino.

"There's no chance for Naby, but he's progressing well. Bobby was part of training last week and will be a part again tomorrow and he's looking good so he will be part of the final I'm sure."

The Liverpool coach has lost his two previous finals, with Borussia Dortmund in 2013 and with Pool last year, but he's upbeat about the class of 2019's chances on Saturday.

"I don't like to blame my other team - I love them all - but I've never been part of a final with a better team, that's true.

"Our boys mix potential with attitude in the best way I've ever seen. After Barcelona, nobody believes more in this team than the team itself. We wanted it really badly.

"We are all very excited about having the chance again. Last year we played it and four years ago some of us played another final so we probably have more experience.

"It's about dealing with the situation and so far we have controlled our emotions. It's pure excitement and we are looking forward to it."

Klopp is also relishing the all English affair.

"It is a proper European final, it is not a third game against Tottenham, it is a proper European final. It will be very tight, no doubt. The quality of us and Spurs is very similar.

"We know a lot about Tottenham but we have had three weeks since our last game and in three weeks I would have known the name of the groundsman of Barcelona, for example."

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