How To Watch Free What channel is the FA Cup final on? TV, live stream for Chelsea vs. Liverpool
Liverpool and Chelsea could have somewhat different incentives for winning the FA Cup when the Premier League heavyweights meet in the 2021/22 showpiece at London's Wembley Stadium.
Jurgen Klopp's Reds are having such a spectacular season that the final of English football's foremost cup competition is one of three fronts they are competing on, having already beaten Chelsea to the EFL Cup in February.
Although they have faltered in the Premier League title race, any slips by Manchester City could reignite Liverpool's hopes of winning the top flight for the second time in four seasons, while a Champions League final against Real Madrid awaits in Paris on May 28.
Madrid ended Chelsea's defence of their Champions League title in the quarterfinals. Thomas Tuchel's side have all-but secured a top-four finish in the Premier League after an end to their campaign dominated by the imminent sale of the club, and are looking to exorcise their FA Cup final defeat to Leicester City last season.
Chelsea: N'Golo Kante is back in training for the Blues, and it comes at a good time considering the injury issues in defense. Jorginho just recently returned,
but Mateo Kovacic's status is unclear after a nasty challenge suffered from Dan James over the weekend. Otherwise,
Thomas Tuchel has his core available
for this clash. Tuchel said on Friday that Kovacic's injury isn't anything new, but it is more pain in an already existing ligament tear. "It's pretty surprising to be in the situation where we can try, and Mateo wants to try it. And the medical department
gave the green light to try it," Tuchel sai
d ahead of the match. "The advantage is the ligament is torn already from the last incident [in the FA Cup semifinal], so there is no new injury, just heavy pain. His ankle was heavily swollen. We are hoping that maybe time is enough for him to make
Liverpool: The only real injury concern for Liverpool rests on Fabinho, who came off against Aston Villa midweek. The Brazilian has been dealing with thigh issu
es and doesn't look like he'll play in this one. Manager Jurgen Klopp said on Friday that Fabinho will be back for the
Champions League final on May 28 against Real Madrid on CBS and Paramount+. The issue Klopp faces is dealing with the demand and obligation to rotate players with such a congested fixture list with the team still in the running for three more trophies. "When you go for three o
r four trophies, it's clear you get it or you don't. It's a busy season, but it will never happen that the FA Cup is just a normal game. It's a special game and, for
some, the biggest in their career. We want to enjoy it and deliver for our people," Klopp said in his pre-match press
conference. But he is looking at the
EFL Cup final win over the Blues as a victory. He wants his team to be hungry and show on Saturday what they didn't in that game.