Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp told a press conference ahead of the FA Cup final that his side could not “beat” Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final earlier this season. After 120 minutes without a goal, the Reds won 11-10 on penalties.
Liverpool and Chelsea will meet again in the FA Cup final on Saturday. The Reds beat Manchester City in a high-stakes semi-final, while the Blues beat Tottenham in the semi-finals.
Jurgen Klopp’s side emerged from a heated shootout in the Carabao Cup final, with substitute goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga making the only error. Reflecting on the game, Klopp said:
“We didn’t ‘beat’ Chelsea. We won the shootout. I said a few times there’s no chance without luck and luck was on our side that day. We know how good Chelsea is. Both teams will give their all.”
Romelu Lukaku’s performance could decide Chelsea’s fate against Liverpool in FA Cup final
Given how well the Reds have done this season, it would be unfair to see them as favourites for the FA Cup final. They have a great manager, a talented team and impressive mental strength, which makes them a tough team to beat.
Chelsea will be looking to make up for their loss to Leicester City in last year’s FA Cup final. However, to break the Reds, the Blues may need something extraordinary from a player many consider a failure. Romelu Lukaku, who has won the second wind in the last few games, could be a key player for the Londoners this weekend.
The Belgian is full of confidence after scoring three goals in the past two games.
His fitness appears to have improved, he appears to be more engaged on the pitch and has shown impressive grit. If he takes his A-game to Wembley on Saturday, the Reds could be in for a long, difficult night.
A victory for Liverpool would mean their quadruple hope would remain. The Reds are in a fierce Premier League title race with Manchester City. They also reached the Champions League final.