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How Liverpool could line up against Real Madrid

How Liverpool could line up against Real Madrid
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Sports Mole takes an in-depth look at how Liverpool could line up for Saturday's Champions League final with Real Madrid.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is optimistic about Thiago Alcantara's chances of being fit for Saturday's Champions League final with Real Madrid at the Stade de France.

The 31-year-old suffered an Achilles injury against Wolverhampton Wanderers and missed training on Wednesday, but Klopp is hopeful that he will be able to rejoin his teammates before the journey to Saint-Denis.

Fabinho and Joe Gomez have also returned to team training and are set to be named in the travelling party, but Divock Origi's muscular issue means that he has played his last game for the club.

Virgil van Dijk was back on the bench at the weekend after shaking off his FA Cup final knock, and the Dutchman will expect to displace Joel Matip in the Reds' backline.

Ibrahima Konate did not cover himself in glory as Wolves struck within two minutes at Anfield, but the Frenchman has been an ever-present in the knockout stages and ought to start in the final.

Fabinho may not be fit enough to complete 90 or 120 minutes but should be fine to line up from the first whistle, and the same can be said for Thiago following Klopp's recent comments.

Naby Keita and James Milner are on hand to deputise alongside Jordan Henderson if not, while Mohamed Salah's return to fitness should see Diogo Jota take his spot on the bench.

Livewire Luis Diaz should start on the left as Sadio Mane occupies the number nine spot for Liverpool, who are aiming to get their hands on Europe's top prize for the seventh time.

Liverpool possible starting lineup: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago; Salah, Mane, Diaz

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