Chelsea conceded a 0-2 home loss to Newcastle on Wednesday night.
Not very good preparation for the FA Cup final on Saturday.
The Wembley clash has a significant meaning for both teams: Liverpool can only begin to defend their season if they end it with a cup double, while Chelsea face the prospect of having no European football at all at Stamford Bridge next season if they fail to win either the FA Cup or the Champions League.
But there’s more than that at stake.
Liverpool and Chelsea have developed a serious rivalry over recent years, with the Reds seeming to hold the upper hand in cup clashes and the Blues in the league. Four consecutive wins over Chelsea is no mean feat—and a big record to aspire to extend.
With all this in mind, let’s look ahead at the clash of the titans and consider five key battles that will be taking place on the Wembley pitch this Saturday.