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Chelsea handed EFL Cup final boost as Liverpool battle injury crisis

Chelsea handed EFL Cup final boost as Liverpool battle injury crisis

Chelsea could have the upper hand when they take on Liverpool in the EFL Cup final on Sunday, with the Premier League pacesetters crumbling under the weight of an injury crisis.

Two more were added to Liverpool’s star-studded list of absentees, which is growing at an alarming rate as Diogo Jota and Curtis Jones picked up injuries in the 4-1 mauling of Brentford.

Jones was the first to exit the pitch with an ankle injury and was replaced by Ryan Gravenberch before Jota, who set up Darwin Nunez for the opening goal, followed suit with Mohamed Salah taking his place.

Both players have undergone scans, and The Telegraph has confirmed that they will be unavailable for the upcoming games, which includes this weekend’s showpiece event at Wembley.

While there is no timeline attached to the extent of their injuries, Jota is expected to spend the next six to eight weeks sidelined, allaying earlier concerns that he ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament.

Liverpool were already without Alisson Becker and Trent Alexander-Arnold for the final against Chelsea, sidelined with muscle and knee injuries, respectively.

Dominik Szoboszlai is also battling a hamstring issue and faces a race against time to be fit for the final, while Nunez is also a doubt after picking up a knock in the Brentford win.

The Reds will head into the Wembley showdown with no less than six key players struggling for fitness which could play perfectly into the hands of a resurgent Chelsea.

The Blues have injury problems of their own but are gaining momentum with the final on the horizon. 

They’re unbeaten in their last three games in all competitions (W2, D1) and will be determined to repeat their morale-boosting performance in the recent 1-1 draw against Manchester City over the weekend.

Chelsea have face Liverpool twice this season but are yet to record a win. They were on the end of an embarrassing 4-1 scoreline at Anfield in their most recent meeting.

However, the stars are beginning to align in their favour and they must take advantage of Liverpool’s injury crisis to land a knockout blow at Wembley.

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