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Jurgen Klopp thrown by Thomas Tuchel's Chelsea team selection - "I was surprised"

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has admitted his surprise after learning Mateo Kovacic had recovered in time for Chelsea to feature in the FA Cup final.

The Croatian hobbled off during the 3-0 win over Leeds United on Wednesday following a high lunge from Daniel James that saw the winger sent off.

"My first [FA Cup final], never too old or too young.

Klopp had a difficult choice in selecting his 20-man squad after omitting Takumi Minamino and Harvey Elliott from his 20-man travelling party and, somewhat downcast, the Reds manager said: “These decisions are not tough, what is really tough is leaving the players out not in the squad.”

But after clinching the Carabao Cup, Klopp challenged his side to continue their winning vein of form.

Who will be crowned FA Cup winners - Chelsea or Liverpool?

Contesting his first FA Cup final since taking charge, Klopp conceded it would be tough facing a Chelsea side who they have failed to overcome in 90 minutes their previous ties this season.
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