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Liverpool could make four changes vs Chelsea amid Mohamed Salah and Darwin Núñez call



Liverpool takes on Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final this weekend with Jürgen Klopp again set to be without a host of injured first-team players at Wembley.

Jürgen Klopp takes Liverpool to Wembley to face Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday with injuries ravaging his squad. The Reds were without 11 players against Luton in midweek but roared back in the second half to claim a 4-1 win.

Klopp has already confirmed that Diogo Jota and Curtis Jones will definitely miss out against Chelsea, as will goalkeeper Alisson, while the match is also likely to come too soon for Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dominik Szoboszlai and a host of other long-term absentees.

Speaking after the Luton win, Klopp admitted he didn’t know who else would be available. “We have to see [who will be fit for the final], but I said it before, as long as we have 11 players we will go for it,” Klopp said. “Will we be big favorites? Definitely not. Since we last played Chelsea, they have improved a lot and it will be tricky.”

Klopp had already confirmed that Caoimhín Kelleher would start against Chelsea even before Alisson’s hamstring injury. The Republic of Ireland international was the shootout hero two years ago and will hope to be collecting another winner’s medal on Sunday afternoon.

It would appear defense is the only area that Klopp does have options right now. Andy Robertson was given a bit of a rest against Luton and should come back in for Joe Gomez at left-back. Gomez could switch over to the opposite flank but Conor Bradley seems set to keep his place on the right. The question is then who will start alongside Virgil van Dijk. Jarrell Quansah has been excellent this season but it does appear that Ibrahima Konaté remains Klopp’s ideal partner right now.

With Szoboszlai and Jones out, the midfield three pretty much picks itself. Wataru Endō continued his excellent record against Luton, with Liverpool unbeaten in the Premier League matches he has started since arriving in the summer. Alexis Mac Allister also stepped up to the plate with two assists for Van Dijk and Cody Gakpo and the pair will have key roles to play, with Ryan Gravenberch expected to make up the midfield.

Klopp may not make a final call on his front three until late in the day, with Mohamed Salah and Darwin Núñez still doubts. Neither player was risked against Luton with Klopp revealing before the game that Liverpool was taking it ‘day by day’ on the pair. Salah had of course been out for over a month with the injury he sustained at AFCON but scored on his return against Brentford. Núñez meanwhile was taken off as a precaution in that one and will be desperate to play in his first final in a Liverpool shirt.

Gakpo and Harvey Elliott returned in their absence on Wednesday night and both found the net. Gakpo led the line impressively while Elliott was much-improved after the break and capped his 100th Liverpool appearance with a goal. They will be eager to keep their shirts alongside Luis Díaz in attack.

Possible Liverpool XI: Kelleher; Bradley, Konaté, Van Dijk, Robertson; Endō, Mac Allister, Gravenberch; Salah, Núñez, Díaz. says: With the final against Chelsea just over 48 hours away, Klopp could probably name at least seven of his starting line-up with injuries leaving Liverpool short. Bringing in the experience of Robertson and Konaté seems the logical choice in defence and then it is all eyes on the front three. Salah and Núñez will be chomping at the bit to be involved and if they are fit, you would expect them to start.

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