The FA Cup final on Saturday will see favorites Liverpool battle Chelsea at the storied Wembley Stadium. This will be the second final that these two sides have played this season after battling in the EFL Cup Final back in February.
Today’s FA Cup final will pitch the two teams which competed for the League Cup trophy against each other for only the second time in the competition’s history.
While not a particularly exciting idea on paper, the manner in which Chelsea and Liverpool last battled at Wembley’s thrilling February final does whet the appetite.
History could prove to be in the Reds’ favour too, after League Cup winners Arsenal doubled up on Wembley victories over Sheffield Wednesday on the only previous occasion, in 1992/93.
Indeed, rarely has a 0-0 proven so exciting and, even in a Premier League context, there has been so little to split the two teams all season.
lthough Jurgen Klopp’s attempts to catch Manchester City have taken a blow in recent days, the German could still win all three cup competitions this season and the fact he’s already conquered Chelsea in a knockout contest cannot be ignored.
Still, Thomas Tuchel’s side are masters of this kind of football. Under his watch, Chelsea have reached the final of every competition and it’s worth remembering they beat City in the Champions League showpiece despite some patchy league form.
Liverpool are back at Wembley this weekend, with Thomas Tuchel's Chelsea the opponents once again. The game will kick off at the later-than-usual time of 4.45pm.
The Reds rarely do things the easy way, and if they are to lift the cup they know they will face a tough test against a side they have drawn all three previous encounters with this campaign. Only penalties separated the two teams when they met in February's Carabao Cup final.
Today will also be only the second time in English football history that the same two sides have contested both domestic cup finals. Last time, Arsenal defeated Sheffield Wednesday in both finals during the 1992-93 season. Chelsea did, however, defeat Liverpool the last time Liverpool reached the FA Cup final in 2012.
The FA Cup final will be available to watch on both BBC One and ITV. Where you choose to watch it may decide on who each have in studio.
BBC's coverage starts at 4pm. It will be hosted by Gary Lineker with analysis coming from Alan Shearer and Micah Richards. ITV's coverage gets started at 3.45pm with Mark Poutgatch presenting. Analysis there comes from Joe Cole, Roy Keane, Ian Wright, Robbie Fowler and Laura Woods.
As is often the case, BBC have full, extensive FA Cup coverage throughout the day. It begins with Match of the Day Top 10 from 1.45pm, with a look back at all of the most iconic moments from the world's oldest domestic cup competition.
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When the Blues face the Reds at Wembley, Thomas Tuchel will be looking to exact revenge on his compatriot Jurgen Klopp after losing out in the Carabao Cup earlier this season. However, they take on a team hellbent on winning the quadruple with the Champions League and Premier League also in their sights.
It makes for a classic finale in the oldest cup competition in football while these two teams have a fantastic history with the trophy. But for the Blues, there will be two players desperate to prove a point after a turbulent season at Stamford Bridge.
The future looks somewhat more stable in the last week or so after Todd Boehly was identified as the preferred bidder to take over Roman Abramovich and it is now up to Tuchel to end the campaign on a high note - and picking two stars to make that happen looks a certainty.
The Belgian has hit form at precisely the right time while a performance in the final will banish the critics who have berated his lack of impact in the big games. In the Carabao Cup final, though, the £97million man looked in fine fettle and only a controversial offside prevented a completely different narrative being told where it would have been Lukaku's goal that led them to glory.
Jurgen Klopp's team will be aiming to win their second piece of silverware this season after they beat the Blues in the Carabao Cup final on penalties back in February.
The Reds also remain in the hunt in the Premier League title race with two games to play and have the Champions League final to look forward to against Real Madrid at the end of the month.
Today’s FA Cup final will see Liverpool take on Chelsea at Wembley without first-choice midfielder Fabinho.
The Brazilian was forced off after half an hour in the Reds’ win over Aston Villa, suffering a hamstring injury that Jurgen Klopp has confirmed will keep him out of this weekend’s final.
Klopp has at least confirmed that Fabinho will be fit in time for the Champions League final later this month, but for now it appears Jordan Henderson is the most likely to play as the deepest of the three midfielders.
“We can cope, having him or not having him is a difference but it is all fine,” Klopp said on Thursday. We have a few players. Hendo came on and played incredible [against Villa], he has played super games this season at number six so that is not a problem.”
Andy Robertson and Mohamed Salah didn’t start at Villa Park but should come back into the side, with Klopp’s two big decisions coming at centre-back and up front.
Joel Matip and Ibrahima Konate are competing to partner Virgil van Dijk in defence, with Konate potentially getting the nod as he appears more suited to deal with the threat of Romelu Lukaku.
Luis Diaz is likely to start alongside Salah and Sadio Mane in the front three, which would leave Diogo Jota having to settle for a place on the bench.
Liverpool travel to Wembley to take on Chelsea in the FA Cup final on Saturday and we can bring you the details of the Reds squad available to manager Jurgen Klopp.
Klopp's team will be aiming to win their second piece of silverware at Wembley this season after they beat the Blues in the Carabao Cup final on penalties back in February.
In a huge blow, Liverpool will be without their midfielder Fabinho for the match after he picked up a hamstring injury in the 2-1 victory over Aston Villa in midweek.
Other than the Brazilian, there are no other injury concerns that have been reported so Klopp will have some tough decisions to make when he picks his starting XI and substitutes with a number of players likely to miss out.
Thomas Tuchel has branded Jurgen Klopp "the master of being the underdog" as he praised his compatriot for fostering a countrywide "sympathy" for Liverpool.
Pep Guardiola lit a fuse between his Manchester City side and Klopp's Liverpool by claiming "everyone in this country" wants the Reds to pull off an unprecedented quadruple this season.
But Chelsea can thwart Liverpool's bid to break new ground in English football by beating Klopp's men in Saturday's FA Cup final at Wembley.
German managers Tuchel and Klopp will meet for the 19th time in top-level football this weekend, in a repeat of February's Carabao Cup final when Liverpool prevailed 11-10 on penalties.
The Reds have already beaten Thomas Tuchel's side at Wembley this season as they lifted the Carabao Cup following a penalty shootout victory.
Jurgen Klopp's side will be hoping to enjoy a similarly memorable afternoon today - and thousands of Reds fans have made the journey to London as Liverpool FC aim to win their second trophy of the season.
There is an emerging sense that the FA Cup is getting its magic back. Saturday’s final – given the reverence of its own day again, with the Premier League pushed to Sunday – is between two of the top three teams in the country for the first time in 15 years, having been taken seriously by pretty much everyone. Better still, the outcome at Wembley feels important for both Liverpool and Chelsea.
The former need to build some momentum on their push for an increasingly-unlikely quadruple, after dropping points against Tottenham Hotspur and only just squeezing past Aston Villa. The latter are at the end of something; this is one last chance to win silverware in the Roman Abramovich era, to cap a gloriously successful period before a new, more economically cautious, chapter begins.
Liverpool are heavy favourites primarily because Chelsea have become saggy during their off-field issues, and with little to play for in the Premier League Thomas Tuchel has seen his defence weaken significantly. It isn’t so easy to turn a switch on and off, and for that reason alone Chelsea start as underdogs.
But Tuchel is undefeated in four matches against Jurgen Klopp, if you count the 0-0 in the Carabao Cup final as a draw, and his tactical approach to this fixture is likely to create another tense and even contest.
Chelsea will be happy to sit a little deeper than usual and will rarely press, in the hope of drawing Liverpool forward before breaking in behind Klopp’s high defensive line. That has been the basic approach in all their meetings, with Tuchel spending the 90 frantically gesturing at his team to play vertically through the lines. Matteo Kovacic and N’Golo Kante will want to dribble off the back of the Liverpool midfield to burst forward, but given how tense and claustrophobic their meetings seem to be, an even more direct route is needed.
Look out for long, high balls clipped over the top for Timo Werner to chase. Kai Havertz started alone at the tip of a 3-4-2-1 formation in the Carabao Cup final and while Tuchel will again use this system – knowing he needs the extra body in midfield – surely the in-form Werner will lead the line. From the bench, Romelu Lukaku’s second goal against Wolves showed that assumptions he is more of a target man are wide of the mark. His powerful runs, with fresh legs late on, could catch out Virgil van Dijk and Ibrahima Konate.