Jurgen Klopp gives latest update on injured Liverpool duo ahead of Carabao Cup final
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has refused to rule out Diogo Jota or Roberto Firmino from playing in the Carabao Cup final against Chelsea on Sunday.
Liverpool revived the Premier League title race having beaten Norwich City 3-1 on Saturday afternoon, shortly before Manchester City lost to Tottenham Hotspur.
The focus should therefore be on the Premier League, with a possible slip against Leeds United coming on Wednesday evening.
Also the Carabao Cup final though, as Liverpool will take on Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Jürgen Klopp has to manage his squad accordingly and his striking decisions are standing in the way due to a number of injuries.
Diogo Jota suffered an ankle injury against Inter Milan last week, leaving Roberto Firmino seemingly in the lead of a striker during his absence.
Also, Firmino missed Saturday’s game with Norwich, with Klopp claiming that the Brazilian would be out for ‘a while’ with a muscle problem.
Liverpool have plenty of options upfront with, reliable Mo Salah, Sadio Mane, likewise, Takumi Minamino and Divock Origi are available.
Klopp has now spoken to Liverpool’s official website about Jota and Firmino, claiming that it’s actually too early to rule them out against Chelsea.
Klopp noted that he saw both players at the AXA Training Centre on Monday, and they ‘both look great’ – but it’s still just too soon to call whether either will be fit to play.
Yes, it’s too early,” said Klopp. “I don’t even know if it will be a late decision or not; how I said, it’s too early. I saw them both today, they both look great – but those two always look great.”
“We have to see how the specific issues develop but we obviously will try everything,” he added.