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Chelsea will be looking to exact their revenge on Liverpool following their defeat in the Carabao Cup final when the two sides square off in the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday evening.

Liverpool kept the pressure on Manchester City after they came from behind to secure a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Aston Villa at Villa Park over the weekend when Joel Matip and Sadio Mane cancelled out Douglas Luiz’s third-minute opener.


The win saw the Reds stall in second place on the table on 86 points from 36 games, trailing log leaders Manchester City by three points with two games remaining in the league.

Chelsea enter this fixture after ending their poor run of form by cruising to a comfortable 3-0 victory over 10-man Leeds United in their last match played at Elland through goals from Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic and Romelu Lukaku

Despite the win, the Blues remain in third place in the league standings with 70 points after 36 matches, four points clear of fourth placed Arsenal and 16 points behind second placed Liverpool.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp: “My respect for Thomas was already as high as you could imagine. Then add in what he has had to contend with off the pitch in recent weeks and months and this respect makes even more sense.

“What a magnificent leader he is for his club. No surprise for those of us who competed against him in Germany. But I think his status as one of the very best coaches and managers in the world is rightly recognised throughout the game.

“What’s cool for us is that I’m certain they will feel the same about us. I can’t imagine any team looking forward to facing this Liverpool side at the moment. That’s what we strive for. To be the team no one wants to come up against.

“Liverpool supporters make occasions like this their own. I love it so much. Because the one thing none of us can guarantee on a day like today is the result. We all know in a game like this each outcome is possible.”

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel: “We needed a performance like that. We deserved to win. That’s the best message. We were excellent right from the start and kept our focus and high intensity.

“We cleared the air after the late equaliser against Wolves. We knew what was waiting. We had a lot of reason to trust ourselves. The players delivered. Full credit to them.

“We arrive [to the FA Cup final] with a clear mindset because we did what we needed to do this week. Good news.”

In head-to-head stats between the two teams, Chelsea and Liverpool are on level peggings in head-to-head stats as both teams have won two out of five games each while two games have ended in a draw.

Jurgen Klopp only has one injury on the cards in the form of midfielder Fabinho, who suffered a muscle injury during their win over Aston Villa, while Thomas Tuchel will see Mateo Kovacic join the likes of Ben Chilwell, Callum Hudson-Odoi and N’Golo Kante on their injury list.

Sadio Mane has been the man in form for Liverpool in recent games as he has stepped up in the absence of Mohamed Salah’s poor run of form, having already scored the game-winning goal in four of his six goalscoring outings in cup competitions.

Mason Mount will look to continue his form in the competition after he scored the match-winner against Crystal Palace in the semi-final to send the Blues to the final.

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