FA Cup final: Chelsea handed huge boost with Liverpool rocked by injuries to key players

Liverpool are struggling with injuries to some of their key players ahead of the FA Cup final this weekend.

The Red are three points behind Manchester City in the Premier League with just two games to end the season, and there is now a reluctant admission that the Premier League might just be getting away from them.

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In mid-week Liverpool beat Aston Villa to go top of the Premier League, but Manchester City responded with their own win to move a step closer to winning their fourth league title in the last five years.

Fabinho of Liverpool is seen to by medical staff after sustaining an injury during the UEFA (Photo by Peter Powell -

The Villa win saw an injury to Fabinho, who had to be replaced, while Klopp unusually left out Andy Robertson, who has been a key part of the team since the German manager took over.

Liverpool are hoping to win the quadruple and take on Chelsea this weekend at Wembley, in what is a repeat of the Carabao Cup final they won earlier in the season on penalties.

But they will have to do without Fabinho, and hope Roberto Firmino is also fit and firing on all cylinders.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp with Fabinho and Andy Robertson. Picture: OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images

What Jurgen Klopp has said ahead of the FA Cup final

The German manager confirmed his Brazilian midfielder was out of the game at Wembley, even though Robertson's absence against Villa was just to afford him a deserved rest.

Klopp said on Fabinho : “We can cope. We have to.

“Having him or not having him is a difference but it is all fine. That’s normal stuff that happens.

“It’s never in a position where you have 12 options, it’s always in a position where you don’t.

“There’s a good chance that he will be available for the Champions League final.”

On the absence of Robertson, the German manager added: “Robbo was not in the squad today because I wanted to give him just a rest at home and bring another striker into the squad if we needed, that’s it.

“Apart from that, we should be fine.”