Liverpool are without Sadio Mane, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk for tonight’s key Premier League trip to Southampton.

Jurgen Klopp confirmed the blows after both players were forced out of the FA Cup final against Chelsea on Saturday, although the German is optimistic that they will return before the season closer with Wolves or, at the very least, for the Champions League final against Real Madrid in Paris on May 28.

“Will they be involved tomorrow? No,” said the manager on Monday.

“Virgil, definitely not. But that was pretty much clear before the game already, I thought this is the game [to miss] now. He really played a lot and then with Saturday-Tuesday again, it was clear [he would sit out anyway].

“They are both okay. The target for both would be that they would be involved again at the weekend. Properly involved, bench or whatever, few minutes, a start, I don’t know, we will see that.

“[If they start] that would then be perfect for the [final], but if not we take each day afterwards. Very positive, or no doubt, about the final. Pretty realistic about the Wolves game. But tomorrow, rather not.”

Elsewhere, Fabinho misses out while continuing to recover from a hamstring injury and there is no Alexander-Arnold or Mane in the squad.

Andy Robertson and Luis Diaz are all on the bench, as Klopp takes no risk with the fitness of his side ahead of the Champions League final later this month.

Starting XI: Alisson, Gomez, Konate, Matip, Tsimikas, Milner, Jones, Elliott, Minamino, Firmino, Jota

Subs: Kelleher, Henderson, Keita, Thiago, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Diaz, Robertson, Origi, Williams

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