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Jurgen Klopp thinks Liverpool ‘didn’t have the power’ to challenge for FA Cup when he arrived

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Urgen Klopp believes Liverpool have only recently acquired the depth needed to compete on all fronts.

The Reds will be hoping to make another successful visit to Wembley on Saturday when they face Chelsea in the FA Cup final, as they eye a second trophy of the campaign to keep their slim hopes of a treble going.

Liverpool had never advanced beyond the fifth round of the FA Cup under Klopp before, with defeats to Wolves, West Brom, Chelsea and Manchester United knocking the Reds out of the competition in previous seasons.

The Liverpool boss attributed this to a lack of firepower at his disposal at the start of his Anfield reign, a factor which has now been addressed as he targets the only major trophy that has made him so far. allusion since his arrival in England.

“We always gave everything to get to the final, but we didn’t make it for different reasons,” Klopp said.

“What is clear when you start a journey, you can’t have it all. We didn’t have the band to do everything, we had to make changes. Everyone makes changes during the FA Cup and Carabao Cup campaigns.

“The most important thing when you start again is to qualify for the Champions League because it gives you the resources to take the next step.

“It’s never that we didn’t want to go to the final, we just didn’t have the power to do it. I don’t think we were particularly lucky with our draws, we had draws really difficult.

“We are really desperate to win.”

Liverpool emerged victorious earlier in the season when they faced Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final, winning a lengthy penalty shootout as Kepa Arrizabalaga kicked over the bar.

Despite finishing scoreless after 120 minutes at Wembley, it was a game full of chances and goals disallowed, and Klopp is expecting an equally competitive chance on Saturday.

“We didn’t ‘beat’ Chelsea, we won the penalty shootout,” Klopp said.

“I’ve said it many times, no luck, you don’t have a chance, and luck was on our side that day. It was a tough and close game and we know how good Chelsea are and we expect another tough game.

“Both teams will go for everything they have. That’s what I expect from Chelsea and above all that’s what I expect from us.”

Klopp also gave a positive update on Fabinho’s injury situation, with the midfielder already ruled out of the Chelsea clash with hamstring strain.

“He will definitely be back for the Champions League final,” Klopp said.

“Before we see, we don’t know. He’s fine, he’s a professional. Obviously, he is not happy, that is clear. But he took it, he’s totally fine.


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