“It’s a very busy season, but the FA Cup will never be a normal game. It is a special game and, for some, the most important of his career. We want to enjoy it and give ourselves to our people”, said Klopp, who will not have Fabinho, injured.
Although in recent years Liverpool has been adding several different trophies to its record, the FA Cup has resisted it since 2006: on that occasion they eliminated Chelsea in the semi-finals and faced West Ham in the final, achieving an agonizing draw in 90+1 with a long shot from Steven Gerrard and winning 3-1 on penalties. The last final for the Reds was in 2012…against Chelsea.
This will be the fourth meeting this season between Liverpool and Chelsea. The first three, twice in the championship (1-1, 2-2) and the League Cup final (0-0, 11-10 on penalties) ended in a draw, although Liverpool emerged victorious from the eleven meters in this last tournament.
In this final stretch of the season, Chelsea have been more hesitant, especially since the elimination in the Champions League against Real Madrid (1-3 in the first leg, 2-3 in the second leg).
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