Liverpool’s Carabao Cup Final Line-Up Revealed Amid Salah and Nunez Injury Concerns

Liverpool FC’s writers unveil their starting XI for today’s Carabao Cup final clash against Chelsea at Wembley, addressing the pivotal issues surrounding Mohamed Salah and Darwin Nunez’s fitness.

Paul Gorst’s Selection

Facing critical fitness dilemmas, Paul Gorst remains optimistic, opting to include both Salah and Nunez in his lineup for the final, albeit with plans for them to rest later. This lineup positions Nunez upfront, Salah on the right flank, and Luis Diaz on the left, while Harvey Elliott earns a midfield nod alongside Alexis Mac Allister and Wataru Endo. Defensive choices feature Conor Bradley and Andy Robertson as full-backs, with Ibrahima Konate partnering Virgil van Dijk in central defense. However, Gravenberch and Gakpo stand ready should Salah and Nunez be unavailable.

Paul Gorst’s Team (4-3-3): Kelleher; Bradley, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson; Endo, Elliott, Mac Allister; Salah, Nunez, Diaz.

Emphasizing the significance of the League Cup, Gorst acknowledges the challenge ahead against Chelsea while recognizing the absence of key players.

Theo Squires’ Analysis

Theo Squires factors in uncertainties surrounding Nunez, Szoboszlai, and Salah’s fitness, advocating for caution and potential substitute roles. With limited options due to injuries, Squires maintains consistency in the frontline and midfield, with Gakpo leading and Gravenberch featuring prominently. In defense, Bradley, Konate, and Robertson are chosen, though Gomez misses out in favor of Robertson.

Theo Squires’ Team (4-3-3): Kelleher; Bradley, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson; Mac Allister, Endo, Gravenberch; Elliott, Gakpo, Diaz.

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