Earlier today, Liverpool took part in their final training session ahead of their Champions League Final clash against Tottenham on Saturday.
The Reds held an open session at the Wanda Metropolitano with hundreds of media personalities in attendance.
Having lost the final in Kiev last season thanks to a bix of bad luck and horrendous decision making, Liverpool’s players are determined to put things right by lifting the European Cup and this session was their chance to acclimatise to the venue where they’ll be hoping to do just that.
Here are the things we took from that session:
Firmino fit and firing
Roberto Firmino missed Liverpool’s final three games of the season and did not start training fully with the other members of the squad until very late this week. However, he took part in the entire session on Friday evening and looked very sharp, especially in the shooting drills where he consistently found the target, including one rabona-style shot that hit the back of the net.
No stone unturned
Liverpool learned in Kiev that injury can strike at any time and as such, they need to be prepared for any eventuality. That’s why near the end of the session, Alisson sat to one side to let Simon Mignolet and Caoimhin Kelleher get some practice in the mini-games. Hopefully neither will be needed on Saturday night but it’s important that Mignolet, in particular, is ready just in case disaster strikes, so it was worst for Liverpool to get him involved more.
Lallana looked lively
Adam Lallana has battled with injuries all season and as such, he was unavailable for selection for the final few games of the league campaign. However, the three-week rest seems to have done him good as he looked very sharp in training. He won’t start on Saturday night but there’s every chance that he could come off the bench if the game dictates as such. He looked ready.
Gomez looked good
When Liverpool beat Tottenham at Wembley earlier in the season, Joe Gomez was absolutely outstanding and he looked in very good touch during this session. It’s highly unlikely that Jurgen Klopp will pick him to start the game as Joel Matip has been in excellent form, but Gomez certainly looked ready to be called upon if the manager did decide to spring s surprise.
It’s hot, hot, hot in Madrid!I
It seems obvious to say, but it was absolutely scorching in Madrid during the session and the temperatures remained high late into the evening. Although it’s a late kick off in the Spanish capital, there’s no sign of it being any cooler so fitness will play a huge role in the final Liverpool’s players looked fresh and they’ll need every ounce of energy to overcome a good Tottenham side.