FA Cup Final: Chelsea out To End Liverpool's Quadruple Dreams in Hunt for 1st Trophy of The Season

FA Cup Final: Chelsea out To End Liverpool's Quadruple Dreams in Hunt for 1st Trophy of The Season

Rene Otinga
  • Chelsea are hunting for their first piece of silverware of the season when they take on Liverpool in the FA Cup final
  • The Blues are likely to be without Matteo Kovacic in the starting XI after his ankle knock midweek
  • Liverpool, meanwhile, still have an outside chance of winning the quadruple

Chelsea and Liverpool are set to renew hostilities, albeit in the FA Cup when the two sides face off in the final at Wembley on Saturday, May 14.

The two teams have had fairly contrasting campaigns so far, with the FA Cup being Chelsea’s only shot at silverware this season.

FA Cup final
Chelsea and Liverpool lock horns in the FA Cup final on Saturday. Photo by Ian MacNico
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For Liverpool, they will be hoping to win the trophy to boost their chances of at least a treble this season, as a quadruple is highly unlikely following Manchester City’s impressive surge towards the Premier League title.

Match preview

Liverpool come into the FA Cup final in fairly shaky form by their lofty standards, but that will not worry Klopp too much for several reasons.

For one thing, the Reds have had to play the maximum number of football matches this season, and Klopp has often been compelled to tinker his squad every now and then to keep everyone fresh and fit.

There were slight concerns over the manner in which they won their latest Premier League game against Aston Villa, but Klopp is unlikely to take any chances with his squad in a cup final.

Chelsea have also not been in their best form, having recently let a two-goal slip to draw 2-2 against Wolves in the Premier League.

The 3-0 win against Leeds United in their latest outing will however act as a morale booster for the side.

Team News, Chelsea

Chelsea’s biggest concerns will be the absence of Mateo Kovacic, who was on the receiving end of a poor tackle from Leeds’ Daniel James midweek.

He now has a recurring ankle concern, but Tuchel has not completely ruled out the Croatian from featuring in the final.

Jorginho however made a return and is likely to feature, while N'Golo Kante's comeback will also be a welcome sight for the Blues.

Romelu Lukaku recently continued his redemption and Tuchel was the first to admit the Belgian’s recent form could come in handy in the final.

Here is Chelsea’s possible lineup for the FA Cup final:

Mendy; Azpilicueta, Silva, Rudiger; James, Jorginho, Loftus-Cheek, Alonso; Mount; Havertz, Lukaku

Team News, Liverpool

Despite an intense run of fixtures, Liverpool have been lucky not to have too many injury concerns.

Firmino made the bench for the Aston Villa game, an indication that he might be fit enough to feature in the final, but Fabinho is one who is likely to sit it out, with Liverpool still having a number of crucial games this campaign.

Caoimhin Kelleher performed decently in the Carabao Cup final, but Jurgen Klopp is likely to give Alisson the start tonight in goal.

Andy Robertson is also likely to return in leftback after enjoying a break in midweek.

A number of players who were rested in the midweek game against Villa are also likely to make the starting XI including Thiago Alcantara, Ibrahima Konate, Jordan Henderson and Mohamed Salah.

Here is Liverpool’s possible starting line up against Chelsea:

Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson; Keita, Henderson, Thiago; Salah, Mane, Diaz