Jurgen Klopp decided to start Thiago despite a fitness concern (Picture: Getty)
Steven Gerrard backed Jurgen Klopp’s decision to take a ‘risk’ and start Thiago for Liverpool’s Champions League final against Real Madrid.
Thiago was named in Liverpool’s starting XI but appeared set to be replaced by Naby Keita during the warm-ups as he left the pitch and returned to the dressing room.
The Spanish midfielder came back onto the pitch and had multiple chats with Klopp and Keita before the squad returned to the dressing room.
Despite the concerns over Thiago’s fitness, the 31-year-old started for Liverpool and Gerrard understood Klopp’s thinking.
The Champions League final was delayed by 15 minutes as many fans were stuck outside the Stade de France.
‘It looks like Liverpool had a disruption in the warm-up so the delay could be beneficial,’ Gerrard told BT Sport. ‘It’s not ideal but you’ve got to get on with it.
‘It’s very rare, if you’re not comfortable you can’t play. But what helps Thiago is you get five subs, that’s different to the Premier League so maybe they can take the risk.
‘But we all know as players that if it’s muscular then it’s very unlikely it will go away.’
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