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Liverpool bid quadruple stake in FA Cup final against Chelsea

13 May 2022 | 13:20 | Football

Divock Origi celebrates with Mohamed Salah (Getty)

Divock Origi celebrates with Mohamed Salah (Getty)

Liverpool will bid to keep their chase of four alive on Saturday FA Cup Final against a Chelsea The team hopes to host incoming owner Todd Boehly with a win at Wembley.

Jurgen Klopp’s men have four games left in their quest to become the first English team to win all four major trophies in a single season.

They beat Chelsea to lift the League Cup in February and reached the finals of the FA Cup and Champions League, where they face Real Madrid on May 28.

No English club has come this close to an astonishing clean-out, but Liverpool know that their Premier League title hopes are starting to fade.

Manchester City are three points clear of second place with a 5-1 win over Wolves on Wednesday and need four points from their final two games against West Ham and Aston Villa to keep their crown.

If a second English title in three seasons overtakes Liverpool despite their dazzling form in the second half of the season, winning two more cup competitions will be a memorable consolation.

The first is a rematch against Chelsea, who fought a fierce battle in the League Cup final in February before Liverpool won 11-10 on penalties then drew 0-0.

Liverpool and Chelsea are the first English teams to meet in both domestic finals in the same year since Arsenal and Sheffield Wednesday in 1993.

Klopp’s side hope they will compete with Arsenal, who scored a double title on Wednesday that season.

However, in their 60th game of the season, fatigue could pose a threat to Liverpool’s hopes of winning their first FA Cup since 2006.

In a bid to keep his stars fresh, Klopp made some changes to Tuesday’s win at Villa, but still lost Brazilian midfielder Fabinho to an injury that forced him to leave. Final match.

‘Important and intense’

History chasers will return to league duty at Southampton on Tuesday and, aware of the team’s stress, Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has called for one last time, starting at Wembley.

“As the game goes on, the games become more important and more intense. We’re using the whole squad and I think the boys that came on were excellent (against Villa),” said Henderson.

“It’s football and there are ups and downs in a game. You have to react in the right way. Honestly, the boys have been doing that for a long time.

“Boys are incredible. Be together in the big moments and you’ll get the reward in the end. Now prepare for a big game on Saturday.”

Like Liverpool, Chelsea’s season will end with 63 games played, but Thomas Tuchel’s side have looked a bit more sluggish in recent weeks.

Before Wednesday’s 3-0 win at Leeds cemented third place, the Blues had won just once in five league games as they struggled to recover from a painful Champions League quarter-final defeat. before Real Madrid.

Uncertainty about the future of both the club and a number of key players has also been a factor since Roman Abramovich put Chelsea up for sale shortly before he was sanctioned by the government following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

With co-ownership of the LA Dodgers, Boehly and his consortium agreed to a 4.25 billion ($5.2 billion) buyout last weekend, subject to Premier League approval, Chelsea ultimately can plan for next season.

Before that, Tuchel had the chance to end the Abramovich era with a final prize, in the process winning his first English domestic cup after leading Chelsea to last year’s Champions League and Club World Cup titles.

Tuchel is sweating over Mateo Kovacic’s fitness after the Croatia midfielder was injured in the match against Leeds.

“He’s got swollen ankles and it’s very painful. If he misses, I’m very disappointed because he’s a clear starter,” Tuchel said.