News From Liverpool: 2 Liverpool lineups vs. Chelsea – with Konate or Matip decision to make

The Reds are in their first FA Cup final under Klopp and for the second time this season, Chelsea awaits in the showpiece.

This is to be the fourth meeting between the two clubs this season and the three so far have been fiercely contested, with all ending in a draw over 90 minutes and needing a shootout to separate the two on one occasion.

Saturdays final will be expected to follow a similar script even if Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 15 games and Chelsea have lost four in the same number of games.

And Klopp will have to navigate the final without Fabinho, while Thomas Tuchel is set to take the risk in his midfield selection.

Heres how Liverpool could line up at Wembley.

While Fabinho is ruled out on Saturday, Klopp did have some welcome news regarding his Champions League final chances:

After making a handful of changes at Villa Park, you expect the same again at Wembley and five changes would not come as a surprise.

With Fabinho an enforced absentee, Klopp has a decision to make regarding who takes the final midfield spot next to Jordan Henderson and Thiago, with Naby Keita, Curtis Jones and James Milner the likely candidates.

There is then the battle between Ibrahima Konate, who has played in each FA Cup game this season, and Joel Matip at the back, in addition to the overwhelming choices to make up the front three.

It makes for a strong XI either way, but this is how Klopp could send out his team:

This would have Liverpool lining up like this:

Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Thiago, Keita; Salah, Diaz, Mane

But there could be a place for the likes of Matip, Jones and Diogo Jota even if all three did start at Villa Park on Tuesday.

With a start unlikely for Roberto Firmino after failing to feature in the last seven games, Jota could be opted for from the start with Diaz to instead offer a late spark.

They would each warrant their place in the side but this XI would not offer as many fresh legs as the abovementioned XI, something Klopp will no doubt weigh up:

Those tweaks see Liverpool shape up as follows:

Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Thiago, Jones; Salah, Jota, Mane

You feel the consensus will largely favour the first XI listed, which some will argue is now the strongest possible XI in Fabinhos absence.

Its a side capable of getting the job done but finishers from the bench could prove just as significant, as they did in the League Cup final, as there is no guarantee this one is concluded in 90 minutes.

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