Liverpool could miss THREE key stars after not joining Jurgen Klopp and their team-mates on Wembley turf in build-up to Carabao Cup final clash with Chelsea
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Liverpool could miss THREE key stars after not joining Jurgen Klopp and their team-mates on Wembley turf in build-up to Carabao Cup final clash with Chelsea

Feb 27, 2024
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Liverpool could perhaps have revealed a blow to their Carabao Cup final ambitions ahead of kick-off after three key figures were notably absent for the pre-match walk out at Wembley. 

The Reds are in action this afternoon against Chelsea as they look to keep their unlikely quadruple bid alive by winning the Carabao Cup, with Liverpool favourites heading into the tie. 

Jurgen Klopp could be set to sign off with an almighty flourish this summer when he leaves Anfield with his team still in the running for the Premier League, FA Cup and Europa League.

They face a Blues side that have struggled for consistency under Mauricio Pochettino – his first term at the helm not quite going to plan thus far, but success at Wembley could be a huge boost to his future at Stamford Bridge. 

And Pochettino will have been watching eagle-eyed as Liverpool made their way out to inspect the field with three key figures missing from the party. 

Jurgen Klopp could be set to miss three of his most important players for the clash with Chelsea

Jurgen Klopp could be set to miss three of his most important players for the clash with Chelsea

There were some notable absentees for the pre-match walk around the turf at Wembley

There were some notable absentees for the pre-match walk around the turf at Wembley

Liverpool take on a Chelsea side that could vastly improve their season with a win on Sunday

Liverpool take on a Chelsea side that could vastly improve their season with a win on Sunday

Darwin Nunez and Dominik Szoboszlai were all absent on Sunday morning when Klopp and Co ventured out onto the turf at Wembley. 

Mohamed Salah was initially not seen in pictures either, but was later photographed at Wembley – though he was not included in the matchday squad.

Nunez and Szoboszlai were confirmed to miss out too, with Cody Gakpo and Luis Diaz leading the line for the Reds. 

The Reds have been hit with an injury crisis in the run up to the showpiece spectacle at the home of football, with some 10 first-teamers out on the sidelines. 

Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joel Matip, Alisson, Curtis Jones, Diogo Jota, Thiago Alcantara and Stefan Bajcetic are also plagued with fitness woes. 

The Blues and the Reds are set to face off for the Carabao Cup on Sunday, but are boosted by the return to fitness of Andy Robertson.

Mohamed Salah (left), Dominik Szoboszlai (centre) and Darwin Nunez (right) were among those missing

Mohamed Salah (left), Dominik Szoboszlai (centre) and Darwin Nunez (right) were among those missing

The star left back has won every possible piece of silverware under Klopp, and will surely be a key component of his side’s attempts to bring another four trophies back to Anfield this term. 

‘I’ve timed it right,’ he told Mail Sport, after being injured playing for Scotland against Spain in October. ‘It was my first operation in football and hopefully my last. I want to make up for lost time. 

‘Liverpool’s injury crisis is there to be seen but I’m fortunate to be back. I don’t know any footballer who is a good patient but I had to respect the injury as well as the experts doing my rehab. 

‘I never went too far ahead of myself. I just tried to improve from one Monday to the next.’ 


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