Liverpool injuries: Every player out of Carabao Cup final vs Chelsea

  • Liverpool are missing a lot of players ahead of Sunday's big game
  • Mohamed Salah and Darwin Nunez are significant doubts for Wembley
  • Jurgen Klopp has some selection dilemmas prior to Chelsea

Liverpool could be without several key players
Liverpool could be without several key players / Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/GettyImages
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Liverpool have the opportunity to lift their first piece of silverware this season on Sunday as they face Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley.

However, the nerves will be jangling for Liverpool supporters ahead of the showpiece event this weekend, primarily because of the extensive injury list that has built up on Merseyside over the past few weeks.

Jurgen Klopp has some major selection headaches travelling to London as a whole host of key players find themselves sidelined. For others, there will be late fitness checks, but it may be a threadbare Liverpool squad in the capital on Sunday afternoon.

Here are all the Liverpool players potentially absent for the Carabao Cup final.


Goalkeeper & defenders

Trent Alexander-Arnold
Trent Alexander-Arnold will miss the final / Shaun Botterill/GettyImages

Liverpool's defence is the area that has been least affected by the recent injury crisis, but they are still missing several members of their backline ahead of Sunday's showdown.

One of those is goalkeeper Alisson, who is likely to be out until after the March international break with a muscle injury according to Liverpool assistant manager Pep Lijnders. Caoimhin Kelleher was always going to start the final against Chelsea having been the Reds' Carabao Cup goalkeeper this season, and he will want to pull off the same heroics he did against the Blues in this fixture in 2022.

Trent Alexander-Arnold will also be absent for Sunday's clash and isn't expected back until after next month's international break, with Conor Bradley or Joe Gomez filling in for the 25-year-old.

Joel Matip will likely be sidelined for the rest of the season after tearing his ACL against Fulham back in December.


Midfielders

Dominik Szoboszlai
Dominik Szoboszlai is a major doubt / Clive Brunskill/GettyImages

Liverpool have an array of injuries in midfield as well, but the ever so slightly positive news is that Dominik Szoboszlai might be fit for Sunday. Lijnders said that the club's medical team will assess his fitness before the final, with the Hungarian having been absent for the entire of February so far.

Curtis Jones suffered an ankle sprain during Liverpool's recent 4-1 victory over Brentford and has been missing ever since. The English midfielder will be sidelined for the weekend, meaning he is still yet to play in a major final for the Reds despite having successfully navigated four semi-finals for the club.

Thiago Alcantara returned for all of ten minutes against Arsenal at the beginning of February having been on the treatment table since the end of last season, but the injury-prone Spaniard is back on the sidelines after suffering a muscle injury.

The 32-year-old's compatriot Stefan Bajcetic has only featured twice himself this season due to injury and isn't expected back in the near future.


Forwards

Darwin Nunez, Mohamed Salah
Mohamed Salah and Darwin Nunez could miss out too / Matt McNulty/GettyImages

Similarly to Szoboszlai, both Mohamed Salah and Darwin Nunez are doubts for the final, but could make the clash with Chelsea in some capacity. The attacking duo will be assessed leading up to the game, but there is a chance that neither feature after they were both absent for the victory over Luton Town midweek.

That would serve as a massive blow to Klopp, especially given Diogo Jota is facing at least two months out after suffering a significant knee injury against Brentford. The Portuguese was in great form and leaves Liverpool's attack even blunter given fitness woes for Salah and Nunez.

Klopp may have to rely on youth from the bench up top at Wembley, especially if the match goes to extra-time, but one player he can't call on is Scottish winger Ben Doak. The 18-year-old needed surgery earlier in the season and is still some way off returning.


Liverpool players missing for Carabao Cup final

Player

Status

Alisson

Out

Trent Alexander-Arnold

Out

Joel Matip

Out

Stefan Bajcetic

Out

Curtis Jones

Out

Thiago

Out

Ben Doak

Out

Diogo Jota

Out

Dominik Szoboszlai

Doubt

Darwin Nunez

Doubt

Mohamed Salah

Doubt


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