Chelsea vs Liverpool – FA Cup final: Live score, team news and updates

LIVE – FA CUP FINAL: All the build-up from sun-soaked Wembley as Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool look to move one step closer to an unprecedented quadruple against a Chelsea side out for revenge

Here is Sportsmail’s live blog for updates on the FA Cup final clash between Chelsea and Liverpool at Wembley Stadium.  

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Here is how the Reds will begin the final. 

These two teams have plenty of history in the FA Cup. 

Chelsea have lifted the trophy on eight occasions, most recently in 2018 when they defeated Manchester United in the final.

Liverpool are just behind with seven wins to their name, but they have not enjoyed glory in the competition since Steven Gerrard-inspired them to victory over West Ham in the 2006 final. This year is the Reds’ first final since they were beaten by Chelsea a decade ago.

A nice moment for Marske United striker Adam Boyes, who is presented with the inaugural Wembley Golden Ball. 

The 31-year-old has scored 11 goals in FA competitions this season, more than anyone else. Marske play in the eighth tier of the football pyramid. 

‘It’s a great achievement, I never expected it to happen,’ Boyes said.

‘You watch the top scorer list go up every round and you see yourself near the top and you see people get knocked out and you think, “I might have a chance here” and I think I’ve won it now unless Sadio Mane scores 8 or 9 in the final.’

Marcel Desailly is here! The former French defender, who won the FA Cup with Chelsea in 2000, has posed with the trophy pitchside. 

Everyone inside Wembley this afternoon will be aware that Liverpool are on the hunt for an unprecedented quadruple.

The Reds have already won the League Cup and they will face Real Madrid in the final of the Champions League at the end of the month. In the Premier League, they trail leaders Manchester City by three points with two games remaining.

But their quadruple hopes would all come crashing down if they suffer defeat today.

Liverpool fans are making the most of their trip to the capital.

We should have the team news from Wembley in just under an hour, but one of the biggest decisions Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel will have to make is whether to start Romelu Lukaku. 

The Belgian striker has endured a difficult campaign, but has scored three goals in his last two appearances to give his manager plenty to think about. 

Sportsmail‘s Oliver Salt looks at Tuchel’s dilemma. 

The famous trophy is on display at Wembley. Who will be lifting it later today? 

Here’s how the Reds made it to today’s final. 

Round Three: Liverpool 4-1 Shrewsbury

A shock seemed to be on the cards when Shrewsbury took the lead at Anfield after 27 minutes, but the Reds roared back to knock out their League One opponents. 17-year-old Kaide Gordon scored his first goal for the club.

Round Four: Liverpool 3-1 Cardiff

Another relatively comfortable victory, with goals from Diogo Jota, Takumi Minamino and Harvey Elliott – who was returning after five months on the sidelines – coming in a 23-minute spell in the second half.

Round Five: Liverpool 2-1 Norwich

Minamino bagged a first half brace as Jurgen Klopp made 10 changes to the side who had beaten Chelsea in the League Cup final three days before.

Quarter-final: Nottingham Forest 0-1 Liverpool

Plenty of FA Cup memories were evoked as these two sides met in a pulsating encounter at the City Ground and Forest pushed the Reds all the way before Jota scored the winner in the 78th minute.

Semi-final: Manchester City 2-3 Liverpool

A stunning first half display, in which Ibrahima Konate opened the scoring and then Sadio Mane netted twice, saw Liverpool progress to the final despite their league title rivals fighting back after the break.

Here’s how the Blues made it to today’s final. 

Round Three: Chelsea 5-1 Chesterfield

The Blues unsurprisingly outclassed their National League opponents, with five different players getting on the scoresheet at Stamford Bridge.

Round Four: Chelsea 2-1 Plymouth (aet)

League One Argyle gave Thomas Tuchel’s side a scare, as they took the lead after just eight minutes in this tie. Cesar Azpilicueta equalised to take the game to extra-time where Marcos Alonso netted the winner, but Plymouth striker Ryan Hardie missed a penalty in the 117th minute.

Round Five: Luton 2-3 Chelsea

Again it wasn’t plain sailing for Chelsea, as Championship playoff contenders Luton led twice in this entertaining encounter before Romelu Lukaku eventually won the game for the Blues 12 minutes from time.

Quarter-final: Middlesbrough 0-2 Chelsea

Boro had already knocked out Manchester United and Tottenham before they hosted Chelsea, but goals from Lukaku and Hakim Ziyech secured a relatively comfortable win for Tuchel’s men.

Semi-final: Chelsea 2-0 Crystal Palace

Palace proved stubborn opponents at Wembley last month, but Chelsea eventually broke their resistance as Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Mason Mount netted within 11 minutes of each other in the second half.

Wes Morgan was the man who lifted the trophy in last year’s final, as Leicester won 1-0 against Chelsea courtesy of Youri Tielemans’s stunning strike. 

The now retired defender spoke to Sportsmail this week about the final, his time at Leicester and his post-playing hopes. 

‘I remember all the emotions from that day and can picture the moment when it happened…Youri getting the ball out of his feet and scoring, the ball going into the top corner.’

Chelsea are the first side to qualify for three consecutive FA Cup finals since Arsenal between 2001 and 2003.

However, after losing in both 2020 against Arsenal and 2021 against Leicester, the Blues are looking to avoid becoming the first side to suffer defeat in three finals in a row.

Sportsmail columnist and three-time FA Cup winner Martin Keown has had his say on today’s final. 

He believes Chelsea could punish Liverpool in the same way they did Manchester City in the Champions League final last season. 

There may be a feeling of Déjà vu at Wembley this afternoon, as Chelsea and Liverpool also met in this season’s League Cup final in February. 

The Reds won on penalties that day, following a goalless draw in 120 minutes. Goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher was the hero, as he scored from the spot and then his opposite number Kepa Arrizabalaga blazed his effort over the bar. 

It is only the second time that the same two sides will contest both the League Cup and FA Cup final in the same campaign. The previous occasion was 1992-93, when Arsenal beat Sheffield Wednesday in both finals.

For the very first time, the men’s and women’s FA Cup finals are being played on the same weekend.

After Chelsea and Liverpool go head-to-head today, Chelsea and Manchester City Women will be at Wembley tomorrow.

Sportsmail takes a look at the key players and battles, with insight from Sky Sports pundit and England legend Karen Carney, ahead of Sunday’s showdown..

Liverpool’s players were on the Wembley pitch a couple of hours ago as they got a feel for their surroundings.

Wembley Stadium has suspended a firm supplying staff for the final after a Sportsmail investigation exposed alarming security lapses.

The FA launched an urgent inquiry after our undercover operation revealed safety failures at three recent sell-out events at the national stadium. 

It comes with Prince William attending today’s game in the first showpiece final since 2,000 England fans without tickets stormed the Euro 2020 final last July. 

Our undercover reporter working as a stadium steward at recent Wembley events found serious shortcomings:

  • He was able to secure a job despite his application including false details which should have been picked up in the required security checks.
  • He was not interviewed for the role or given any in-person training.
  • No one searched his bag before he was allowed into supposedly secure areas.
  • He was offered a £1,000 bribe for access to the VIP area – other stewards indicated they would have taken the money.
  • Stewards, free to access much of the stadium, were largely unsupervised for hours before the matches began.
  • Catering staff cluttered up stairways to watch matches – in contravention of safety rules.

The FA Cup final is always one of the best days in the English football calendar and the weather is certainly matching the occasion today. 

Sunshine glistens over Wembley as fans continue to arrive. 

The FA Cup final will see two German managers go head-to-head for the very first time today, with Thomas Tuchel and Jurgen Klopp in the opposing dugouts. 

Whoever triumphs will become the first ever German boss to lift the trophy.

Tuchel has faced Klopp more than any other manager in his career (18 games), but has only beaten him on three previous occasions. 

Today is the second time that Liverpool and Chelsea will meet in the FA Cup final, after the Blues won 2-1 against the Reds at Wembley in 2012 thanks to goals from Ramires and Didier Drogba.

Sportsmail‘s Isabel Baldwin took a look at what the players from the two sides that day are doing now. 

Daniel Agger has become a qualified tattoo artist!

It’s still four hours until kick-off, but fans from both clubs have already arrived on Wembley Way to soak up the early atmosphere. 

We’ve had plenty of build up to the game over the last few days on Sportsmail and we’ll be sharing a range of pieces throughout the afternoon. 

First up, some predictions. We asked six of our Sportsmail experts to call the outcome of the final. Here’s what they said…

This season’s FA Cup started all the way back on 6 August 2021 – 281 days ago. 

Teams from levels 10, 9 and 8 of the English pyramid kicked things off in the extra preliminary round. 

In total, 729 teams have competed in this year’s competition. Now only two remain. 

It’s FA Cup final day! The world’s oldest cup competition is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year and we have reached the showpiece at Wembley. 

Chelsea and Liverpool will battle it out to lift the famous trophy – their second meeting under the arch this season after the Reds beat the Blues in the Carabao Cup final in February. 

Join us throughout the afternoon and into the evening as we’ll have all the build up to the game and then coverage of what should be a thrilling fixture. 

Kick-off is at 4:45pm. 

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