LIVESTREAM: Chelsea vs Liverpool (#CheLiv)
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of this year’s FA Cup final between Chelsea and Liverpool.
The two sides met in the League Cup final earlier this year with Liverpool winning the match on penalties after a goalless draw.
Thomas Tuchel will be hoping to exact revenge on compatriot Jurgen Klopp when the two sides meet again at Wembley Stadium today.
For only the second time in the competition’s history, the FA Cup final between Chelsea and Liverpool will face the two teams that played for the League Cup trophy against each other.
On paper, this isn’t a terribly compelling matchup, but the way these two teams battled in February’s epic final at Wembley whets the anticipation.
After League Cup winners Arsenal doubled up on Wembley victory over Sheffield Wednesday the only other time, in 1992/93, history may be on the Reds’ side.
Indeed, a 0-0 draw has rarely been so entertaining, and there has been so little to separate the two teams all season, even in the Premier League. Despite Liverpool’s comfortable advantage over Chelsea in the table, both encounters in that tournament have ended 2-2.
Although Jurgen Klopp’s bid to catch Manchester City has suffered a setback in recent days, the German still has a chance to win all three cup competitions this season, and the fact that he has previously defeated Chelsea in a knockout match cannot be overlooked.
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. Two of the most entertaining sides in Europe, it’s going to be quite the occasion.
Here’s everything you need to know about today’s final…
Date, kick-off time and venue
The FA Cup final is scheduled for a 4.45pm BST kick-off time today, Saturday May 14, 2022.
Wembley Stadium in London will host the match.
Chelsea vs Liverpool team news
Ben Chilwell and Callum Hudson-Odoi are absent for Chelsea but Tuchel has confirmed plans to risk Mateo Kovacic despite his ankle injury.
“Mateo wants to try it and the medical department gave the green light to try it,” he stated on Friday. “The ligament is anyway stretched from the last incident, so there’s no new injury but heavy pain, and it’s heavily swollen.”
Liverpool, meanwhile, saw Fabinho limp off during Tuesday’s win over Aston Villa and Klopp has since ruled the Brazilian out of action. Klopp did confirm that he will be fit for the
Champions League final against Real Madrid on May 28, however.
Andy Robertson was rested for that game at Villa Park and Mohamed Salah was brought off the bench. Both are all but certain to start this afternoon.
Chelsea: Mendy; Chalobah, Silva, Rudiger; James, Jorginho, Kovacic, Alonso; Mount, Lukaku, Pulisic.
Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Thiago, Keita; Diaz, Salah, Mane.
The FA Cup final will kick off at 4.45pm (BST). That is 11:45am (ET) or 8:45am (PT).
The Reds’ route to the final
Watch back all of the goals as Liverpool have bulldozed their way to today’s final!
Huge blow for the Blues
There is no Kai Havertz in the Chelsea squad!
A big call from Thomas Tuchel as he opts for Romelu Lukaku to lead the line.
Chelsea fans, discuss the game with The Athletic‘s Simon Johnson and Liam Twomey.
Chelsea fans: Discuss the FA Cup final with our writers Simon Johnson and Liam Twomey
The teams have arrived
Both sets of players have arrived at Wembley, with kick-off just 45 minutes away!
Celebrating 150 years of the FA Cup
A stunning matchday programme to mark the occasion.
Chelsea starting XI
Chelsea starting XI: Mendy; Chalobah, Silva, Rudiger; James, Jorginho, Kovacic, Alonso; Mount, Lukaku, Pulisic.
Subs: Kepa, Azpilicueta, Sarr, Loftus-Cheek, Barkley, Kante, Saul, Ziyech, Werner.
Discuss the starting line-up and the game itself with The Athletic‘s James Pearce.
Liverpool fans: Discuss the FA Cup final with our writer James Pearce
Liverpool starting XI
Liverpol starting XI: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Thiago, Keita; Diaz, Salah, Mane.
Subs: Kelleher, Milner, Firmino, Gomez, Jones, Jota, Tsimikas, Origi, Matip.
Not long until kick-off!
We’re just over an hour away from the final now, let us know your pre-game predictions by tweeting @TheAthleticUK!
That Petr Cech save…
Relive the dramatic encounter between these two sides in the FA Cup Final 10 years ago!
Liverpool fans in full voice
Can the Reds keep their quadruple bid alive this afternoon?
Repeat or revenge for Chelsea?
Every Chelsea fan will be hoping it is the latter today…
Could Luis Diaz be the difference maker for Liverpool?
Luis Diaz has had a whirlwind start to his Liverpool career since joining in January.
The Colombian winger has dazzled fans and neutral alike with his array of skills, proving to be another potent weapon in Liverpool’s attack.
Go Deeper below to find out more about ‘El Quito Beatle’, from those who know him best.
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