Report: 'Outstanding' Liverpool player now winning race to be fit for Champions League final this weekend
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Report: 'Outstanding' Liverpool player now winning race to be fit for Champions League final this weekend

Liverpool are hopeful that Joe Gomez will be fit and available for Saturday’s Champions League final against Real Madrid.

That’s according to the Liverpool Echo, who claim that the centre-back is ‘winning the race’ to be fit for Liverpool’s final.

Gomez is reportedly aiming for a return to full training before Liverpool head out to Paris in the week. That could allow him to be available for selection on the Saturday.

Liverpool are said to have sought out a second scan on Gomez’s issue after the initial one showed positive signs. The 24-year-old was reportedly seen walking freely after Liverpool’s win over Wolves yesterday.

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Gomez unlikely to get on the pitch

Although good news for Liverpool, it’s unlikely that Gomez will have any involvement in Saturday’s showpiece.

Even fully fit, the best the England man could probably hope for would be a late cameo off the bench. As he is nursing a knock, this makes even this look unlikely for Gomez.

Jurgen Klopp has been impressed with the defender recently. He called him ‘outstanding’ via BBC Sport after the 2-0 win over Watford in April. But he made just four Premier League starts this season.

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Nevertheless, should anything happen to Virgil Van Dijk, Joel Matip or Ibrahima Konate, it’s good to know Gomez is ready to step in.

Fingers crossed for more good news

The Reds will be hoping that their luck stretches to the prognosis for Thiago Alcantara.

After limping out of The Reds final day win yesterday, it looks a stretch for him to to be fit for Liverpool’s final on Saturday.

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But that could have been said to be the case for Gomez after his injury too. Until scans take place in the early part of this week, we can remain hopeful of a quick turnaround.

With Fabinho also trying to prove his fitness, Liverpool could be a few short of their best eleven against Madrid. For the biggest game of a magnificent season, that’s such a shame.

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