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‘It’s another tough one’ – Klopp on Liverpool’s FA Cup final against Chelsea

Follow the build-up to the FA Cup final live as Liverpool take on Chelsea in what promises to be another Wembley classic. It’s been less than three months since the teams last met in a cup final, as Liverpool prevailed on penalties to win the Carabao Cup and set their quest for an unprecedented quadruple in motion. It remains a possibility for Jurgen Klopp’s side, even if Manchester City are closing in on the Premier League title, but Chelsea and Thomas Tuchel will be seeking revenge as they aim to win the competition for the ninth time.

Chelsea will also be desperate to avoid becoming the first team in FA Cup history to lose three successive finals, having been beaten by Leicester and Arsenal in 2021 and 2020 respectively. Tuchel has guided the Blues to the final despite the uncertainty hanging over the club following Roman Abramovich’s suspension, and the era of Todd Boehly ownership now has a chance to start with a new trophy.

Meanwhile, Liverpool have not appeared in an FA Cup final since 2012, where they lost to Chelsea, and you have to go back to their Steven Gerrard-inspired win in 2006 for their latest win in this competition. These are different times under Klopp, though, but as his bid for multiple titles this season nears its climactic end, the stakes are also rising. Follow the live coverage of Chelsea vs Liverpool in the 2022 FA Cup Final, below:

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Ibrahima Konate: Liverpool’s season has exceeded my wildest dreams

Richard Jolly also sat down with Ibrahima Konate, as the defender admitted he couldn’t have dreamed of being a part of Liverpool’s extraordinary and historic season.

Konate, who signed with RB Leipzig last summer, is set to mark his first year at Anfield with an appearance in this afternoon’s FA Cup final as Liverpool continue their quest for the quadruple.

Konate has already played at Wembley twice, converting his penalty in the Carabao Cup final win over Chelsea and opening the scoring in the FA Cup semi-final win over Manchester City.

jamie twistedMay 14, 2022 09:45

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Thomas Tuchel: Jurgen Klopp is the master of being the underdog.

More from Tuchel: “You know Klopp is the master of being the underdog.

“He can convince you to be the loser against Villareal and against Benfica, and it’s a miracle, a miracle how they even draw against them.

“He can convince you and he does it all the time, he does it many times. That’s part of it, that’s also where the sympathy comes from.

“There is nothing to be jealous of on my part. Klopp is a fantastic guy, a fun guy, one of the best coaches in the world and that’s what he does.

“When I was coaching Dortmund, the whole country loved Dortmund. So now he coaches Liverpool and you get the feeling that the whole country loves Liverpool.

“It’s a big, big, big credit to him and this is what you’re dealing with if you play a team against him, it’s always like that, but it’s always the fun part and if we’re the bad guys tomorrow then no problem.

“If we assume that role, there is no problem. We don’t want to have the sympathy of the country tomorrow, we want to have the trophy”.

jamie twisted14 May 2022 09:32

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Thomas Tuchel happy that Chelsea is ‘the bad guy’ against Liverpool

A good pre-match talk from Thomas Tuchel, here, as the Chelsea manager hailed Jurgen Klopp as “the master of being the underdog” and praised his compatriot for fostering a nationwide “sympathy” for Liverpool.

In response to Pep Guardiola’s claim that “everyone in this country supports Liverpool”, Tuchel said: “There is great sympathy for Liverpool, I feel it too, across the country and I can understand it.

“Of course it’s also because of Jurgen, but in general what this club stands for and how they run the business, and how the fans push their team.

“You get the feeling that it’s purely about football and this is like a big story at this club and there’s a lot of sympathy for him.

“If you fight against it, like Pep for many, many years, I can understand his comment that sometimes it feels like that.

“But at the same time, I don’t think it’s just here. It is in Germany like this and in France too.

jamie twisted14 May 2022 09:31

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Jurgen Klopp: “You could write books about the resilience of the Liverpool team”

Richard Jolly was with Jurgen Klopp as the Liverpool manager looked ahead to the FA Cup final.

“The search for the quadruple has taken its toll on Liverpool. No, perhaps, in his players. “Books could be written about the resilience of these guys,” mused Jurgen Klopp, speaking about Tuesday’s comeback at Aston Villa. But exhaustion overtook him.

“’I had two afternoon naps yesterday,’ he exclaimed. ‘Two. It works well. I feel very good. Reinvigorated, reacquainted with his beaming smile and his roaring laugh, Klopp heads to Wembley, eyeing the FA Cup for a second trophy of the season and perhaps the first of three in May.”

jamie twistedMay 14, 2022 09:15

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Chelsea vs Liverpool has all the ingredients to be an all-time classic at Wembley

Let’s start with a Miguel Delaney FA Cup final scenario:

“A classic FA Cup final decision must be made as the competition celebrates its 150th anniversary. Those familiar with their tradition may feel echoes of Manchester United’s Jim Leighton in 1990, or Leicester City’s top scorer Ken Leek in 1961.

“Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel is currently weighing whether to start his own expensive signing, Romelu Lukaku. Any decision the German makes will have bigger repercussions, not least for Lukaku’s career, but he could also follow 1961 and 1990 to dictate the game. That points to something else that stands out, on a day when the FA Cup will celebrate so much history. Like the best finals before it, this one really is all about the game.”

jamie twistedMay 14, 2022 09:01

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Good morning

Hello and welcome to the live build-up to the FA Cup Final as Liverpool take on Chelsea in what promises to be another Wembley classic.

It’s been less than three months since the teams last met in a cup final, as Liverpool prevailed on penalties to win the Carabao Cup and set their quest for an unprecedented quadruple in motion.

It remains a possibility for Jurgen Klopp’s side, even if Manchester City are closing in on the Premier League title, but Chelsea and Thomas Tuchel will be seeking revenge as they aim to win the competition for the ninth time.

We’re starting early, as is tradition on the final day of the FA Cup, and we’ll be bringing you all the prep and preview content you need ahead of kick-off later this afternoon.

jamie twisted14 May 2022 08:55

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