Chelsea vs Liverpool (0-0) May 14, 2022 Match Preview and Statistics – News Block

Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea face Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool at Wembley in the FA Cup final on Saturday.

The Blues edged past Crystal Palace in the semi-final, while the Reds beat Premier League title rivals Manchester City quite comfortably.

Having won last season’s edition of the Champions League, Tuchel’s men now have their eyes set on the FA Cup to build on their Club World Cup success in February.

Liverpool, on the other hand, remain in contention for an historic quadruple, after beating Chelsea in the EFL Cup final earlier this campaign.

A back three of Andreas Christensen, Thiago Silva and Antonio Rudiger will be difficult for the Liverpool forwards to infiltrate.

And, the full-back pairing of Marcos Alonso and Reece James will also be difficult to exclude at the other end.

Mateo Kovacic escaped a nasty injury against Leeds after a shock tackle from Daniel James replaced him – he should partner Jorginho in midfield.

Mason Mount, one of the nominees for the Premier League’s young player of the season award, could appear alongside teammate Christian Pulisic.

Meanwhile, £97.5m summer signing Romelu Lukaku has shown flashes of his best form after a difficult season.

As for Liverpool, the favorites to win the trophy, the regular four of Andy Robertson, Joel Matip, Virgil van Dijk and Trent Alexander-Arnold are expected to line up.

Holding midfielder Fabinho is suspended so captain Jordan Henderson could take his place.

A technically gifted duo of Thiago Alcantara and Naby Keita should appear a bit further up the field in midfield.

The club’s top scorer Mohamed Salah and longtime strike partner Sadio Mane will take the pitch at Wembley.

Jurgen Klopp could select Luiz Dias in January over Diogo Jota for the vacant spot in the formidable forward three.

Chelsea and Liverpool’s predicted starting XIs

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