Chelsea handed enormous boost as Brazil manager confirms Liverpool star is out of Carabao Cup final

Brazil's national team boss says Liverpool star will not recover in time to play in the League Cup final this weekend.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp could not provide a timeframe for Alisson Becker's return but Brazil manager Dorival Junior says the goalkeeper will not be part of his team for next month's international friendlies against England and Spain due to injury. 

He told TNT Sports Brazil in an interview aired on Tuesday night: "In terms of possible call-ups, all the names mentioned are important players and have some prominence in their teams. They would indeed be on a pre-list. 

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"In particular, some players who had slightly more serious injuries, such as Alisson, Matheus Cunha, Joao Pedro and even Neymar, are totally removed from any possibility at this moment.

"Not that we were already defined by the name of one or the other. In this extensive list, we have, some of these would no longer allow us to be called up at this moment." 

In his pre-Luton Town press conference Klopp confirmed his goalkeeper was a doubt but stopped short of ruling him out of the game on Sunday. The Liverpool boss said: "‘Not great, definitely not. I would like to sit here and say we have absolutely no issues but obviously, we have some.

‘So, not available is obviously Ali, that’s a muscle injury where we don’t know exactly how long it takes."

Chelsea looking for first trophy under new ownership

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Mauricio Pochettino will be looking for his first trophy on English soil on Sunday and Chelsea owners will be desperate to lay their hands on their first title since taking over the club in May 2022. 

Pochettino's side come into the game in fine form having beaten Aston Villa and Crystal Palace and were the better side for large parts of the game against Manchester City at the Etihad which ended 1-1 last weekend. 

The 2021 Champions League winners have the youngest squad in the Premier League this season with an average age of 23.4 but have shown they can compete especially in the Cup games.

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