Liverpool leave Wembley with more injury concerns

Liverpool leave Wembley with more injury concerns

The Red's victory over Chelsea may have come at a high price, with two more midfielders seen leaving Wembley on crutches.

It was mission accomplished on Sunday as Liverpool left Wembley with the Carabao Cup, meaning the first of a possible four trophies is safely in the Anfield trophy cabinet.  For Jurgen Klopp and his coaching staff though, there is no time to celebrate, as the Reds are back in action in just 48 hours when they take on Southampton at Anfield in the Fifth Round of the FA Cup.

Competing in four competitions is always challenging, and tests even the largest of squads, as Liverpool found out two seasons ago when they won the FA Cup and Carabao Cup and finished runners-up in the Premier League and Champions League.

This time around, Liverpool are facing the added problem of a full-blown injury crisis, with another two players leaving Wembley on crutches after the Final.

New injury problems for Klopp

Liverpool were already without eleven first-team players heading into Sunday's Final, but Ryan Gravenberch and possibly Wataru Endo can now also be added to that list.

Gravenberch was injured by Chelsea midfielder Moises Caicedo midway through the first half, after a horrific tackle that ex-players and referees have all agreed should have resulted in a red card.  The fact that on-field referee Chris Kavanagh failed to award a free-kick for the incident left Klopp incensed, and his mood did not improve when VAR Officials John Brooks and Marc Perry did not suggest the referee review the incident.

Gravenberch was stretchered off the field after several minutes of treatment and was later seen celebrating with his teammates, wearing a protective boot and walking on crutches.  After the match, Klopp advised that Gravenberch had avoided a broken ankle, but could not rule out ligament damage, which could rule Gravenberch out for four to eight weeks.

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Klopp hoping Endo will be fit

It's fair to say that few people had heard of Wataru Endo before his move to Anfield this season, but Reds fans will be hoping and praying that the Japanese midfielder will be fit for Wednesday's game, after producing another excellent performance at Wembley.  Despite costing just £16million, the Red's no.6 kept both Caicedo and Enzo Fernandez (who cost over £200million) quiet throughout the match, and stayed on the pitch for the entire 120 minutes, proving once again that he is one of the fittest players in the Liverpool squad.

The midfielder celebrated with his teammates at full time, and during the trophy parade in front of the traveling Liverpool fans, but was later spotted leaving Wembley with a protective boot and using crutches.  It has been suggested that Endo may simply have a bruised foot or ankle, and the boot and crutches were simply to take pressure off the area.

Jurgen Klopp will deliver his pre-match press conference on Tuesday when we will hopefully learn more about both Gravenberch and Endo, as well as other players such as Salah, Nunez, and Szobozlai.

What is certain, is that Klopp will once again have to call on the kids to field a full squad, with the likes of Bobby Clark, Conor Bradley, Jarell Quansah and Jayden Danns all likely to get plenty of minute against the Saints.

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