WEMBLEY STADIUM, LONDON — For the second time in three months, Liverpool face Chelsea at the home of football. This time, the Reds and Blues collide in the final of the FA Cup, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary.
Liverpool prevailed on penalties in March’s Carabao Cup final to take the first part of what they hope will be a historic quadruple, though last weekend’s dropped points against Tottenham Hotspur have hugely dampened hopes for the Premier League dream.
Victory today would mark Jurgen Klopp’s first taste of glory in the FA Cup, with the Merseyside giants last lifting the famous old trophy back in 2006. Chelsea’s recent record in the FA Cup is stronger, having won it five times since their rivals’ last success.
The Blues are somewhat in a state of flux following Roman Abramovich’s recent sale of the club to Todd Boehly, but Thomas Tuchel has coped admirably amid the chaos. This latest showpiece against Liverpool marks Tuchel’s sixth final in a year.
The Sporting News is reporting live from Wembley Stadium, bringing you the latest updates below.
FA Cup final: Chelsea vs. Liverpool live score
FA Cup final: Chelsea vs. Liverpool live updates and highlights
50 mins to KO: In addition to the Carabao Cup stalemate, there was nothing to separate the rivals in their two league games this season, either. Chelsea looked very strong in a 1-1 draw in August, until a Reece James red card and Mo Salah penalty clipped their wings. In January, the Blues produced a comeback at home to draw 2-2.
🆚 Jurgen Klopp has only lost 3️⃣ times in his 18 career meetings with Thomas Tuchel-managed sides (W10, D5, L3).
🏆 This will be the two managers’ first meeting in the #EmiratesFACup.#CHELIV | #LFC | #CFC pic.twitter.com/PkM4EuumnV
— 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐍𝐞𝐰𝐬 UK 🇬🇧 (@sportingnewsuk) May 14, 2022
1 hour to KO: Chelsea’s lineup is out now too – and Kai Havertz’s absence from the squad entirely is the big story. Romelu Lukaku starts up top.
Here’s your Chels! 👊@ParimatchGlobal | #EmiratesFACup pic.twitter.com/bHhiSDMfyV
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) May 14, 2022
1 hour 10 mins to KO: The Liverpool starting XI is here, with semi-final hero Ibrahima Konate starting at centre-back in place of Joel Matip. Luis Diaz is the man joining Sadio Mane and Mo Salah in the front three.
Our line-up for the #EmiratesFACup final 👊🔴#CHELIV
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 14, 2022
1 hour 20 mins to KO: For Chelsea, Liverpool represents a huge step up from their previous opposition in the FA Cup this term. The Blues progressed past Chesterfield Town, Plymouth Argyle, Luton Town and Middlesbrough, before taking on Premier League opposition in a semi-final win over Crystal Palace.
The Reds also faced a handful of relatively simple tasks before the mammoth Man City clash, taking on Shrewsbury Town, Cardiff City, Norwich City and Nottingham Forest.
1 hour 35 mins to KO: Liverpool, still hunting that unlikely quadruple this season, have enjoyed their previous two trips to Wembley in 2022: they beat Manchester City here 3-2 in the FA Cup semi-finals, having won the EFL Cup via a shootout against Chelsea in February.
Trent Alexander-Arnold told Liverpool’s website that the win over City “felt like a home game”, adding: “Obviously when you get there you understand they are the big games and you’ve earned it, so [it’s] an outstanding place for us to be as a club.”
📍 Wembley Way.
We’re here live from the capital for the #EmiratesFACup final! 🏆
⏳ Under 2️⃣ hours to go until #CFC and #LFC get to it. #CHELIV pic.twitter.com/ekyiay0GH8
— 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐍𝐞𝐰𝐬 UK 🇬🇧 (@sportingnewsuk) May 14, 2022
1 hour 50 mins to KO: We’re live in England’s capital to bring you coverage of the final, which marks the competition’s 150th birthday. Here’s hoping these teams can provide a fitting celebration.
2 hours to KO: Welcome to The Sporting News’ live coverage from Wembley, as Liverpool take on Chelsea. The Reds are looking to end a 30-year FA Cup drought in North London, with their previous two victories being the first (2001) and last (2006) finals played at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium, while Wembley was being rebuilt.
FA Cup final: How to watch Chelsea vs. Liverpool
|Date||May 14||May 14||May 14||May 15|
|Time||16:45 BST||11:45 ET||11:45 ET||01:45 AET|
|Streaming||BBC iPlayer/ITV Hub||ESPN+||Sportsnet||Paramount+|
The FA Cup final can be seen exclusively on ESPN+ in the US. The final is available to stream in English and Spanish. An ESPN+ subscription costs $5.99 per month or $59.99 annually.
In Canada, the FA Cup final can be streamed via Sportsnet.
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FA Cup final: Chelsea vs. Liverpool team news
Chelsea are still without long-term absentees Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ben Chilwell, but midfield duo N’Golo Kante and Jorginho have both returned to training in a crucial boost.
Tuchel also confirmed it’s “very unlikely” Mateo Kovacic will feature after he limped off with an ankle injury following a nasty tackle from Dan James in Wednesday’s win over Leeds United.
Chelsea predicted lineup (3-4-1-2): Mendy (GK) — Rudiger, Silva, Azpilicueta — Alonso, Kante, Jorginho, James — Pulisic — Lukaku, Werner
Klopp has Roberto Firmino back available following a foot injury but fellow Brazilian Fabinho looks set to miss out with a thigh strain.
His absence could bring skipper Jordan Henderson into the starting XI, with Thiago Alcantara, Andy Robertson and Mo Salah also recalled by Klopp.
Liverpool predicted lineup (4-3-3): Alisson (GK) — Robertson, van Dijk, Matip, Alexander-Arnold — Thiago, Henderson, Keita — Jota, Mane, Salah
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FA Cup final: Chelsea vs. Liverpool betting odds
|Over 2.5 Goals||4/5||-115||-119|
|Both Teams to Score||4/6||-145||-149|
*All odds refer to 90 minutes only.