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Jurgen Klopp believes Liverpool ‘didn’t have the power’ to challenge for FA Cup when he first arrived

By Matt Verri

Jurgen Klopp believes Liverpool have only recently acquired the strength in depth required to compete on all fronts.

The Reds will be hoping to make it another successful visit to Wembley on Saturday when they face Chelsea in the FA Cup final, as they eye up a second trophy of the campaign to keep their slim hopes of a quadruple alive.

Liverpool had previously never made it past the fifth round of the FA Cup under Klopp, with defeats to Wolves, West Brom, Chelsea and Manchester United knocking the Reds out of the competition in previous seasons.

The Liverpool boss has put that down to a lack of firepower at his disposal early in his Anfield reign, a factor that has now been addressed as he targets the one major trophy that has so far alluded him since his arrival in England.

“We’ve always given our all to arrive to the final we just didn’t make it for different reasons,” Klopp said.

“What is clear when you start a journey, you can’t have it all. We didn’t have the squad to go for it all, we had to make changes. Everybody makes changes during the FA Cup and Carabao Cup campaigns.

“The most important thing when you start new is to qualify for the Champions League because that gives you resources for making the next step.

“It was never that we didn’t want to go to the final, we just didn’t have the power to do it. I don’t think we were particularly lucky with our draws, we had really tough draws.

“We’re really desperate to win it.”

Liverpool came out on top earlier in the season when they faced Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final, winning a lengthy penalty shootout as Kepa Arrizabalaga blasted his spot-kick over the bar.

Although it finished goalless after 120 minutes at Wembley, it was a match full of chances and disallowed goals, and Klopp is expecting a similarly competitive occasion on Saturday.

“We didn’t ‘beat’ Chelsea, we won the penalty shootout,” Klopp said.

“I’ve said a few times, without luck you have no chance, and luck was on our side that day. It was a tough, tight game and we know how good Chelsea are and we expect another tough game.

“Both teams will go for all they have. That’s what I expect from Chelsea and that’s what I especially expect from us.”

Klopp also gave a positive update on Fabinho’s injury situation, with the midfielder already ruled out of the Chelsea clash with a hamstring strain.

“He will definitely be back for the Champions League final,” Klopp said.

“Before we will see, we don’t know. He is OK, he’s a professional. Obviously he’s not happy about it, that’s clear. But he took it, he’s absolutely OK.”

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