Liverpool have, via their official club website, confirmed that Roberto Firmino is back in training ahead of the Champions League final.

With two weeks to go until the final in Madrid, it seems as though Firmino will be able to return to full fitness in time to start at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium.

If, however, he suffers a setback or is adjudged by the Liverpool medical staff to be unfit to start alongside Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, Jurgen Klopp must turn to Divock Origi.

Jurgen Klopp and Divock Origi.

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The Belgian has been something of a trump card for the Reds this season and with a hugely decisive game on the horizon for Liverpool, the 24-year-old will be relishing the chance to further endear himself to supporters.

Having scored dramatic winners against Everton, Newcastle United and Barcelona this season, Origi will fancy his chances of notching another decisive strike next month.


Even if the former Lille forward is unable to get on the scoresheet, in Firmino’s place, he is the best player to come in from the bench in terms of replacing the missing work rate and defensive work ethic.

Roberto Firmino.

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Klopp would need to deploy Origi on the left wing and shift Sadio Mane into the centre forward position, where the Senegalese attacker has actually thrived this season.

With Origi running at Kieran Trippier and being overlapped by the brilliant Andy Robertson, Mane would be able to demonstrate his impressive positioning and strong heading game to the world.

Liverpool will have their fingers crossed in the hopes that Firmino will be fit to start but if not, Origi has the faith of the fans and will fancy his chances against a Spurs side that has only beaten the Reds once in the last five years.

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