Jurgen Klopp offers rookie Luis Diaz a starting spot in Liverpool’s Carabao Cup final against Chelsea, while Thomas Tuchel chooses to knock out Romelu Lukaku at Wembley
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Jurgen Klopp has shown his faith in Luis Diaz by starting a new £50m boy in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final.
Diaz started in front of a Diogo Jota who had to attack because Liverpoolwith Roberto Firmino unable to feature in the squad due to his own injury problems.
Klopp puts faith in 25-year-old Colomba as Red Devils face Chelsea at Wembley, hoping to get his hands on the domestic cup for the first time in 10 years.
His choice further highlights Diaz’s impressive start to life on Merseyside, making a good impression after he moved from Porto in January.
Klopp has raved about Diaz’s impact since his arrival, saying: “Luis is a top lad, a top-class player. We gave Luis a little more time to adapt to it. He was. As an incredible player, his joy and love for football is obvious.
“When you see him training, he can’t stop smiling. I’ve never had a player like this. It’s crazy. We’re so happy to have him here. It’s great. great.
“We expect a lot from him in the future. It is now but in the future too. I have a feeling it will be a really good story for Luis at Liverpool.”
Thiago Alcantara also made his first appearance in the match, Caoimhin Kelleher continuing to return to his keeper position in cup competitions against Alisson Becker.
Mohamed Salah has also been awarded the nod – his third appearance in the League Cup in almost five years – with two previous appearances against Chelsea in September 2018 and Arsenal in October 2020.
With Sadio Mane also starting, this is the first time the African duo has started together in the tournament.
On the Chelsea side, manager Thomas Tuchel has put Romelu Lukaku on the bench, for whom the Blues earned £97.5m in the summer transfer window.
Kai Havertz and Edouard Mendy both started, meaning reserve goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga had to settle down on the bench.
Spain goalkeeper Kepa started in every other Chelsea round to the final but, unlike Kelleher, had to make way for the regular first-choice goalkeeper.
Tuchel acknowledged on Friday that Kepa deserved a start but also pledged to ignore the decision.
Trevoh Chalobah is agreed in defense, while Andreas Christensen is absent due to injury.
Once again Mason Mount was prioritized for Hakim Ziyech’s form up front, with Christian Pulisic also up front.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/klopp-diaz-chelsea-liverpool-final-26342044 Jurgen Klopp makes clear his faith in Luis Diaz as Liverpool duo claim first Carabao Cup