Liverpool set to be without key forward for Carabao Cup final with Chelsea


Liverpool have been dealt a blow ahead of their Cup Final clash with Chelsea this weekend as it has emerged that Roberto Firmino will not be fit enough to take part in the game at Wembley.

That is according to the Daily Mail, who claim that an adductor muscle injury, which saw Firmino miss the 6-0 win over Leeds United, will not be ready to face Thomas Tuchel’s side on Sunday afternoon.

‘The Brazilian, who replaced Jota at the San Siro and came up with the all-important opening goal against Inter, has damaged his adductor muscle and he will not be ready to face Chelsea’, they report.

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However, there is better news on the injury to Diogo Jota, with the same report claiming that the Portuguese star took part in a training session on Wednesday, and could well be on the bench for the tie.

The report claims that his improvement, after being hooked at half-time in their 2-0 win over Inter Milan has ‘left many within the club optimisticly optimism that the Portugal international will be able to be included in the party that travels to Wembley’ .

Will Liverpool prevail?

Jurgen Klopp’s side showed no signs of stage fright as they warmed up for the trip to Wembley with a 6-0 demolition of Leeds United, with a faultless performance that featured goals for Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Luis Diaz, who has settled in brilliantly .

But, as can be seen by the goalscoring charts, Diogo Jota is a key part of the Liverpool side, and could make quite the impact from the bench should he be fit.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 26 46 63
2 Liverpool FC 25 44 57
3 Chelsea FC 25 31 50
4 Manchester United 26 10 46
5 West Ham United 26 11 42
6 Arsenal FC 23 10 42
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 24 5 40
8 Tottenham Hotspur 23 0 39
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 25 -3 33
10 Southampton FC 25 -5 32
11 Leicester City 23 -6 27
12 Aston Villa 24 -6 27
13 Crystal Palace 25 -4 26
14 Brentford FC 26 -15th 24
15th Leeds United 24 -21 23
16 Everton FC 23 -12 22
17 Newcastle United 24 -19 22
18 Watford FC 24 -19 18
19 Burnley FC 22 -9 17
20 Norwich City 25 -38 17
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 19
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 12
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 11
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 10
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 9
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 9
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 9
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 9
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 9
Rafinha Leeds United 9
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United 8
Antonio, Michael West Ham United 8
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 8
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 8
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 8
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace 8
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 7
De Bruyne, Kevin Manchester City 7

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