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Roberto Firmino makes Liverpool’s Champions League squad

Roberto Firmino is the third most expensive Bundesliga departure ever
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Roberto Firmino has recovered in time to make Liverpool’s 23-man Champions League final squad, but Naby Keita has been left out.

Firmino has missed Liverpool’s last three games upon sustaining a muscle problem on May 1 at Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final clash.

But the Brazilian forward returned to training last week at the club’s Marbella base in Spain.

And Reds boss Jurgen Klopp gave a positive update on Firmino’s chances of being available for the trip to Madrid on Tuesday.

“Bobby trained, was part of training last week and looked really good, everything was fine. Then we took him out again. He will be in training from tomorrow on again,” said Klopp.

“All that we saw so far looked really good and he will be fine, I’m pretty sure.”

Now Liverpool have confirmed that Firmino is fit for Saturday’s Champions League final, but refused to state whether he will start or not.

However, it wasn’t all good news with Keita ruled out for the final in Madrid despite making Guinea’s provisional squad for the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

Guinea manager Paul Put had suggested Keita could return to Liverpool in time based on what he had been told.

But the 24-year-old midfielder’s slim hopes of making the team are now over. Instead, he will focus on completing his recovery from a thigh injury for Guinea.

Liverpool’s Champions League final squad

Goalkeepers: Alisson Becker, Caoimhin Kelleher, Simon Mignolet.

Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Dejan Lovren, Joel Matip, Alberto Moreno, Andy Robertson, Virgil van Dijk.

Midfielders: Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Xherdan Shaqiri, Georginio Wijnaldum.

Forwards: Rhian Brewster, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Divock Origi, Mohamed Salah, Daniel Sturridge.