With less than a fortnight to go until the first Wembley final of the season, both Liverpool and Chelsea will be hoping their injury issues ease.
Pochettino, meanwhile, has Wesley Fofana, Reece James, Romeo Lavia and Marc Cucurella as confirmed absentees – now to be joined by Benoit Badiashile.
This comes after a growing role for the 22-year-old of late, with Pochettino dropping Thiago Silva in favour of Badiashile as partner to Axel Disasi.
Perhaps fortunate for Pochettino, then, is that Levi Colwill has now returned from a hamstring injury and could partner Disasi in the absence of Badiashile.
Still, there is certainly evidence to show that Liverpool supporters’ insistence over the summer that Colwill was a must-buy was, in fact, not accurate.
The 20-year-old remains a work-in-progress, and it could be that Klopp and his staff pinpoint centre-back as an area of weakness for Chelsea, who also saw shielding midfielders Moises Caicedo and Enzo Fernandez fall flat in last month’s 4-1 loss at Anfield.
Chelsea should also have Trevoh Chalobah back fit for the final, though he is unlikely to play a major role, while goalkeeper Robert Sanchez could back into contention.
With almost two weeks before the 3pm kickoff, of course, things could well change – but one certainty is that Badiashile will now miss out.