Date: 5th May 2018 at 10:16am
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Which players are likely to be unavailable when Liverpool take on Chelsea?…

Unfortunately, there is no let-up on the injury front for Liverpool as they prepare to face rivals Chelsea in a game with potentially significant repercussions on the top four race.

Despite travelling to Italy with the rest of the squad for the second leg of the Reds’ successful Champions League semi-final with AS Roma in midweek, neither Adam Lallana (thigh) or Joe Gomez (ankle) are ready to return.

The pair should be available next weekend when the curtain comes down on Liverpool’s domestic campaign against Brighton & Hove Albion, while Emre Can’s back injury is set to be reassessed on Monday to determine whether or not his season is over.

If so, the German will join Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee) and Joël Matip (thigh) in sitting out both the visit of Brighton and the European Cup final against Real Madrid on May 26.

With a point enough to confirm Liverpool’s place in next season’s competition, regardless of the outcome of their upcoming final, manager Jürgen Klopp is likely to name the same starting X1 as at the Stadio Olimpico.

Hosts Chelsea welcome back defender Marcos Alonso after he completed a three-match ban following retrospective action for violent conduct.

Elsewhere for the Blues, David Luiz (knee) and Ethan Ampadu (ankle) remain on the sidelines and out-of-favour midfielder Danny Drinkwater has been struggling with a calf problem.

Neither side has anyone ruled out through suspension.

Possible Liverpool X1: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Lovren, Robertson, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Milner, Mané, Salah, Firmino.


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