Friday 22 March 2019

Big boost for Liverpool as Emre Can named in Champions League final squad

Emre Can
Emre Can

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Liverpool midfielder Emre Can has been included in Liverpool's 24-man squad for this weekend's Champions League final against Real Madrid.

It could be the last time the Germany international, who has regained full fitness having been sidelined with a back injury since late March, features for the club as his contract expires next month and he has so far turned down all offers of an extension.

Youngsters Curtis Jones, Nat Phillips and Rafael Camacho are also included in the party.

The Reds trained at Melwood on Thursday ahead of their scheduled flight to Kiev from Liverpool John Lennon Airport in the afternoon.

They will hold an hour-long open training session in the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium on Friday evening after Jurgen Klopp and two players have undertaken their pre-match press conference.

The Reds were greeted by a group of photographers and a small gathering of fans as they arrived at the airport for their flight.

Most of the squad headed straight into the terminal although manager Jurgen Klopp did stop to speak to well-wishers and sign autographs.

Liverpool are bidding to win the European title for a sixth time but they face a tough task against holders Real, who are aiming for a third successive victory and 13th overall.

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