Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino will miss Sunday’s Carabao Cup final against Chelsea through injury.
The Brazil international has missed the last two games with a groin injury and will not recover in time for the weekend.
Assistant coach Pep Lijnders said: “Bobby will not be available for the final.”
Diogo Jota hasn’t been ruled out yet but Lijnders says it ‘will be a challenge’ for the Portuguese striker to recover from his ankle injury.
“So far no reaction on the things he’s done, the straight, the change of direction and the ball work he’s done. That’s a good sign.
“He [Jota] is not excluded, but it will always be a challenge.”
Henderson: Cup win can be start of success this season
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson is keen to win the Carabao Cup to provide a platform for greater success this season.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are currently still competing on four fronts and Sunday’s encounter at Wembley with Chelsea could open the door to an unprecedented four-fold.
Having won a first league title in 30 years and the Club World Cup the season after winning the Reds’ sixth European Cup, Henderson knows how important the momentum of victory can be.
“I think it’s a big moment of the season. Getting a trophy so early in the season can give the team a big boost,” he said.
“It’s a cup final and we want to win it, so we will do absolutely everything to make sure we bring the trophy home.
“We want to use that as a platform to give us a big confidence boost towards the end of the season.
“There are big games ahead and we have to take each game as it comes, like we always do, and see where we are at the end of the season.
“Yes we are still in the four but that can change very quickly. Sunday, whether we win or not, it’s done.
“Then for the others, you can get away with it very quickly if you don’t play very well. I know how quickly football can change.
“At the moment we are in a very good moment and we have to continue on this path until the end of the season.”
Henderson is the sole survivor of the club’s last domestic cup win in 2012 when, aged 21, he helped Liverpool beat Cardiff on penalties at Wembley.
Since then, he has become the club’s captain and won the Champions League and Premier League trophies.
“I never see it as achieving it alone. I’ve achieved it with great players and managers,” he added.
“Everyone at the club who played their part. I was a very small part of it.
“It’s been a roller coaster ride so far, but there’s a lot of good times and a lot of great memories in there.
“For me, the objective is always the same: to try to improve every day, to try to give everything to make this club as successful as possible.
“Whether you lose or win, that will never change for me.”
Chelsea vs Liverpool: Which German tactician will win?
Sunday’s Carabao Cup final will be featured as Jurgen Klopp versus Thomas Tuchel, the guy who followed the guy, but none of the coaches will think he deserves the top spot.
Despite everything he has done to turn Liverpool into a force, Klopp insists, as he always has, on the achievements of the players.
Tuchel, whose first year in charge brought a Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup, argues similarly.
But where they are alike is in getting the job done when it counts. Certainly Klopp has experienced more final failures than his counterpart but at six years his senior it is undoubtedly to be expected.
Klopp needed four finals to get his hands on his first silverware at Anfield, losing the League Cup, Europa League and Champions League finals before eventually winning the club’s sixth European Cup , which was immediately followed by a first league title in 30 years.
Tuchel enjoyed more immediate success, although some would say his four major domestic trophies in two seasons with Paris Saint-Germain were the bare minimum expected.
But his influence on Chelsea after taking charge just over 13 months ago was equally instantaneous as he took the side from ninth to fourth place, took them to the FA final Cup (losing to Leicester) and achieved their biggest success to date overseeing victory over Manchester City. in the Champions League final.
However, their teams meet at Wembley seemingly on significantly different levels.
How Diaz went from underweight teenager to Liverpool star
Luis Diaz is already shining for Liverpool after his £49million transfer from Porto, but he almost slipped through the net as an underweight teenager in a poor area of Colombia.
In conversation with sky sports, his former coaches reveal how he overcame severe adversity to reach the top. They explain :
- Why he went unnoticed by clubs until he was 18
- How he was spotted among 3,000 young hopefuls
- How the Indigenous Peoples’ Copa America fueled their rise
- Why doctors discouraged coaches from choosing him
- How he moved to Europe and became the “jewel” of Colombia