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How Liverpool could line up against Chelsea

How Liverpool could line up against Chelsea
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Sports Mole takes an in-depth look at how Liverpool could line up for Saturday's FA Cup final with Chelsea at Wembley Stadium.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp must make do with the absence of Fabinho for Saturday's FA Cup final with Chelsea at Wembley Stadium.

The Brazilian midfielder was taken off with a suspected hamstring problem in the midweek win over Aston Villa and is unlikely to return before the Champions League final.

With plenty of key fixtures still to come this season, Klopp will avoid taking any unnecessary risks over Fabinho, but Roberto Firmino was fit enough to make the bench at Villa Park.

Despite his EFL Cup exploits against Chelsea, Caoimhin Kelleher will take his place on the bench as Alisson Becker takes control of the gloves, with Trent Alexander-Arnold and a well-rested Andy Robertson bombing down the flanks.

Joel Matip was on hand to convert at Villa Park but will likely make way for knockout specialist Ibrahima Konate, while Fabinho's expected absence should see Jordan Henderson play in the holding role.

Thiago Alcantara could therefore be joined by Naby Keita in the engine room - although James Milner's fresh legs are another option - and Klopp is once again faced with his healthy attacking dilemma.

Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane are seemingly nailed on to start, and Luis Diaz has done more than enough to join them in the first XI ahead of Firmino and Diogo Jota.

Liverpool possible starting lineup: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson; Keita, Henderson, Thiago; Salah, Mane, Diaz

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