Roberto Firmino ruled out of Carabao Cup final

Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino will miss Sunday’s Carabao Cup final against Chelsea at Wembley with a groin injury as the Reds look for a first domestic cup in a decade.

Diogo Jota is also a doubt with ankle ligament damage.

Chelsea’s only definite injury absentee is left-back Ben Chilwell.

Boss Thomas Tuchel is not ruling out a return for full-back Reece James, who has been out for the European champions since December with a hamstring injury.

“He looked brilliant in the last two training sessions, he still has another session, [so] let’s see if I’m crazy enough to put him on the pitch or my reasoned side to take it step by step,” said Tuchel.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp confirmed last month their regular cup goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher will play instead of Alisson, but Tuchel is undecided on whether to start Kepa Arrizabalaga or Edouard Mendy.

Either Tuchel or Klopp will become the first German manager to win the Carabao Cup.

This is the eighth time Chelsea and Liverpool have been paired together in the League Cup and for the second time in the final.

On 27 February 2005, exactly 17 years to the date of this match, Chelsea beat Liverpool 3-2 after extra time in the final in Cardiff.

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