Liverpool and Chelsea are set to clash later today in the final of the 2022 FA Cup to be played at the Wembley Stadium in London.
The Reds go into the match hoping to keep their chase for four trophies on track, having already won the EFL Cup in February.
They have also qualified for the final of the UEFA Champions League and are three points behind leaders Manchester City in the 2021/22 Premier League standings, with two games to the end of the season.
If Liverpool goes on to win all trophies, they would become the first ever side to complete a quadruple.
Liverpool’s game against Chelsea later today will be the second time the two sides face each other in a cup final this year, having also played the EFL final in February.
Speaking ahead of the game, the Reds’ manager Jurgen Klopp said his side was looking forward to the clash.
“It is our first FA Cup final but we played two Carabao Cup finals – once we lost, once we won – so we have a little bit of a sense of the atmosphere, which is absolutely great. I loved the Carabao Cup final this year, it was an incredible game, it was against Chelsea and 120 minutes – madness! So, yeah, massive game coming up and you are right: final after final after final, but we make differences still. That’s a real final, there is no game coming after. So yeah, we are all really looking forward to it. It will be big,” said Klopp.
He also pointed out that Liverpool would try to be at their best version to bring the FA Cup home.
Chelsea on the other hand are looking to win the FA Cup to ensure they do not end the season without a trophy.
The Blues have already been knocked out of the UEFA Champions League and are in third place on the Premier League standings, with no chance of winning the title.
Having lost the EFL Cup final to Liverpool, Chelsea may attempt to use Saturday’s game to get revenge.
But speaking ahead of the game, Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel said he expects a tough match.
“Anything else will surprise me,” said Tuchel. “It started with last season’s win at Anfield and very early in this season with a draw at Anfield, then a draw at Stamford Bridge and then a draw over 120 minutes and 20-something penalties.”
“So very close matches, very intense matches and we needed always our very highest level to compete. But we found it in the matches and I don’t expect crazy new things from them, and actually also not from us. So the game is on, it’s a big final, a big competition and we want to be spot on,” he added.