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Chelsea vs Liverpool: Team News, Possible Lineups & Score Prediction

Liverpool are strong favorites to lift title against depleted Chelsea

This weekend, the football world will be captivated by the Carabao Cup final as two of English football's most formidable forces, Chelsea and Liverpool, go head-to-head. This match promises to be a thrilling encounter between two teams with rich histories and strong ambitions.

The season has not unfolded as many at Stamford Bridge had anticipated. However, a victory in this prestigious tournament would undoubtedly serve as a significant consolation for Mauricio Pochettino and his squad. As they continue their arduous journey back to the pinnacle of English football, securing this piece of silverware would provide an immense boost.

Chelsea last hoisted the Carabao Cup in 2015 - their fifth triumph in this competition. Since then, they have reached the finals twice but fell short on both occasions after goalless draws led to penalty shootouts against Manchester City and Liverpool respectively.

On the other side of the pitch stand The Reds who are no strangers to success in this competition. In fact, no team has won more Carabao Cups than Liverpool who are eyeing an unprecedented tenth victory on Sunday afternoon.

Jurgen Klopp is looking forward to concluding his tenure at Anfield on a high note with potentially multiple trophies up for grabs including - but not limited to - the Premier League title following their recent 4-1 win over Luton midweek; not forgetting possible victories in either FA Cup or Europa League competitions.

Chelsea vs Liverpool Team News

Liverpool enters the final with as many as seven players sidelined due to injuries. The list includes Joel Matip, Diogo Jota, Alisson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Thiago Alcantara, Curtis Jones and Stefan Bajcetic.

Chelsea possible starting lineup: Petrovic; Gusto, Disasi, Colwill, Chilwell; Caicedo, Fernandez; Palmer, Gallagher, Sterling; Jackson

These absences could potentially disrupt Liverpool's game plan given the crucial roles these players play in various positions. In addition to those already ruled out; Mohamed Salah, Darwin Nunez and Dominik Szoboszlai are all facing late fitness tests ahead of the final. Their participation remains uncertain at this point which adds another layer of complexity for Jurgen Klopp's side.

On the other hand, Chelsea is also grappling with a similar situation. Wesley Fofana, Reece James, Benoit Badiashile, Romeo Lavia and Lesley Ugochukwu have been ruled out from participating in the upcoming match.

However there is some positive news for Chelsea; Thiago Silva and Marc Cucurella are currently in partial team training and could make it into the squad depending on their recovery progress leading up to game day.

Liverpool possible starting lineup: Kelleher; Bradley, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson; Gravenberch, Endo, Mac Allister; Elliott, Gakpo, Diaz

The current injury crisis plaguing both teams will undoubtedly test their depth and strategy planning abilities. Coaches and players will need to step up adaptively under challenging circumstances while lesser-known players get an opportunity to shine in absence of their injured teammates.

Chelsea vs Liverpool Prediction

According to Mauricio Pochettino, a significant shift occurred in the dynamics of Chelsea's performance following their crushing defeat by Liverpool at Anfield. This event seemed to have sparked a newfound determination within the team, with the Argentine expressing his intensified desire to secure a major trophy in English football.

Despite their victory over Chelsea, Liverpool has been consistently conceding at least once in every EFL Cup fixture this season. This trend is expected to continue against the revitalised Blues. However, it is not defence where the biggest concerns lie for Jurgen Klopp's side.

Liverpool’s prospects of success could potentially decrease if key players such as Mohamed Salah, Darwin Nunez or Dominik Szoboszlai fail to make the cut. Their absence would undoubtedly leave a void that could be challenging for other team members to fill effectively.

Despite these concerns, Klopp has shown immense faith in academy prospects and fringe players throughout this season. His belief in nurturing young talent has led several less revered names stepping up when needed most.

Interestingly enough, despite their recent resurgence under Pochettino's guidance, Chelsea seems unable to shake off what appears like a curse when it comes down to domestic cup finals. They've struggled historically at this stage which adds another layer of intrigue to the upcoming matches.

Prediction: Chelsea 0-2 Liverpool

Chelsea vs Liverpool will be televised on Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Football, and Sky Sports Ultra HDR.

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