Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has a number of key decisions to make ahead of the Champions League final showdown with Real Madrid this weekend.

Liverpool’s pursuit of the quadruple ended on Sunday after Manchester City sealed the title but the Reds can still finish with three trophies this season.

Liverpool want revenge on Real Madrid for their 2018 Champions League final defeat

Liverpool want revenge on Real Madrid for their 2018 Champions League final defeat

They have played every game possible in every competition and are now picking up several injuries to end the 2021/22 campaign.

Madrid, meanwhile, wrapped up the La Liga title weeks ago and as a result come into this European showdown fit and fresh.

Here, talkSPORT.com takes a look at how these two sides could line up in Paris…

Liverpool

The Reds injury problems appear to be clearing up after Thiago Alcantara was involved in full first-team training on Thursday.

The Spaniard limped out of the game against Wolves with an Achilles problem, but he has made a remarkable recover, and should start.

This means he will likely join Jordan Henderson in the middle.

Fabinho has also been nursing a hamstring injury for the past few weeks but has returned to training and is set to be available.

Virgil van Dijk was rested for the 3-1 win over Wolves and will return to marshal the defence with Alisson, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson.

Another key decision from Klopp will be on who partners the Dutchman considering the form of Joel Matip this season.

But the raw pace from Vinicius Jr in behind Alexander-Arnold may mean Liverpool utilise the recovery speed of Ibrahima Konate instead.

In attack, Luis Diaz has established himself alongside Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah as Klopp’s preferred front three.

Konate’s pace advantage over Matip could see him start in Paris

Konate’s pace advantage over Matip could see him start in Paris

Real Madrid

Los Blancos boss Carlo Ancelotti has a much simpler task choosing his team with a fully fit squad to juggle.

David Alaba is set to be restored in defence alongside Eder Militao after a month on the sidelines.

The defender has not played since the first-leg against City in the semi-finals due to muscle fatigue but is now back in training.

Eduardo Camavinga has been impressing in spells but Madrid are likely to call upon the experience of Toni Kroos, Casemiro and Luka Modric as the midfield three.

Ancelotti will rely on Benzema as the focal point of his attack and he’ll be looking to add to his 15 goals in the Champions League.

Vinicius will be partnering the Frenchman out on the left while his compatriot Rodrygo is set to get the nod on the opposite flank.

However, Madrid could still spring a surprise in playing Federico Valverde on the right wing instead to provide greater defensive protection.

Marco Asensio, Eden Hazard and Gareth Bale, the difference maker in the 2018 final against Liverpool, will all be options on the bench.

Valverde’s defensive qualities make him valuable but Rodyrgo’s recent form can’t be overlooked

Valverde’s defensive qualities make him valuable but Rodyrgo’s recent form can’t be overlooked

Liverpool v Real Madrid: talkSPORT commentary

The Champions League final will take place on Saturday, May 28.

The game is scheduled to kick-off at the Stade De France at 8pm UK time.

talkSPORT will have full commentary of the showpiece match.

Coverage starts at 6pm with Adrian Durham.

Commentary will then come from Jim Proudfoot and ex-Republic of Ireland midfielder Andy Townsend.

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