The bad luck with injuries at Liverpool could screw up coach Jürgen Klopp’s second Champions League title. Numerous stars are struck. But now he has activated a contingency plan.

Heavy workload: Liverpool coach Jürgen Klopp rested several top players in the decisive league game at FC Southampton (2-1) because the squad was getting tight after the stresses of the past few weeks. Virgil van Dijk (30) and Mohamed Salah (29) in particular are struggling with injuries. Now Klopp has come up with something to field the best possible team in the Champions League final.

Old companion: He gets help from his “old” club Mainz 05. Physio director Christopher Rohrbeck (43) will look after his players until the Champions League final on May 28 (9 p.m.) in Paris. The man from Mainz worked for the Reds from 2017 to 2020 and then returned to Mainz.

Finale beckons: Rohrbeck has already been able to help: Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah trust in the skills of the Mainz physiotherapist. Both were injured in the FA Cup final and have been worried about playing in the big season finale ever since.

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