Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah to miss Liverpool’s trip to Southampton

  • Defender and forward may feature against Wolves on Sunday
  • Pair will be fit for Champions League final on 28 May, says Klopp

Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah will be fit for the Champions League final, Jürgen Klopp has confirmed. The manager said the pair would miss Liverpool’s trip to Southampton on Tuesday but could return for the Premier League finale against Wolves.

Liverpool’s influential defender and leading goalscorer were substituted during the FA Cup win against Chelsea with knee and groin issues respectively. Both will be absent at St Mary’s Stadium, where a Liverpool win would reduce Manchester City’s lead in the title race to one point with one game to play, but there are no concerns over their involvement against Real Madrid on 28 May. Klopp planned to rest Van Dijk at Southampton before injury intervened.

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Chelsea women celebrate glorious season after FA Cup win seals the double – video

Chelsea women beat Manchester City in a tight FA Cup final to complete the double this season. Just a week before, they won the Women's Super League for the third consecutive year. Despite the difficulties faced by the club, the team have had a highly successful season and celebrated wildly in the dressing room after each win. Emma Hayes gave her players 'humongous credit' for the way in which they dealt with the challenges and praised the performance of every one of them. 

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Premier League and FA Cup: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

Leeds have hope and so do Burnley after Everton embrace farce as Liverpool and Chelsea’s women celebrate Wembley wins

Chelsea’s Abramovich era has launched the careers of many promising footballers into the stratosphere. It has also halted a few in their tracks. Steve Sidwell, Scott Parker and Danny Drinkwater all left clubs where they were hot properties to sign for Chelsea, where they spent varying portions of their prime years watching blankly from the dugout. To this list we can add Ross Barkley, trusted to take a penalty but nothing more on Saturday by a manager for whom he has played 428 minutes this season. Five years after moving to west London, Barkley has started fewer league games for Chelsea than he did in his final season at Everton, and has had as many managers as he has scored league goals. Not every talented youngster will fulfil their potential; not every transfer will be a success. But it’s hard to think back to Barkley’s breakout years and not lament the scattergun stockpiling in which football’s super-clubs can afford to indulge. Alex Hess

Match report: Chelsea 0-0 Liverpool (5-6 pens)

Match report: Tottenham 1-0 Burnley

Match report: Aston Villa 1-1 Crystal Palace

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Andreas Christensen made himself unavailable for Chelsea at FA Cup final

  • Defender fit but removed himself from contention to play
  • Christensen poised to leave Stamford Bridge this summer

Andreas Christensen limited Chelsea’s defensive options in the FA Cup final by making himself unavailable for selection on the day of the game.

Christensen, who is poised to join Barcelona on a free transfer at the end of the season, was a surprise absentee from the squad that lost on penalties against Liverpool at Wembley on Saturday. He was not carrying an injury and told Thomas Tuchel of his decision on Saturday morning.

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Alexander-Arnold hungry for more Liverpool silverware after historic feat

  • Youngest player to win all six major trophies at English club
  • ‘The motivation is to win them all again and keep winning’

Trent Alexander-Arnold has said his appetite for silverware has only increased after becoming the youngest player to win all six major trophies available to an English club.

Liverpool’s FA Cup victory on Saturday ensured that, at the age of 23 years and 219 days, Alexander-Arnold has won the Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup, Club World Cup and Uefa Super Cup.

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Klopp’s science and rigour pave way for Liverpool to win a game of inches | Jonathan Wilson

FA Cup was decided by the width of a post but Chelsea were beaten by a side that ensure tiny margins make the difference

Imagine, for a moment, you’re the goalframe at the east end of Wembley. Last summer, you watched as Marcus Rashford, at the climax of that sulphurous July night, took a straight run-up, stuttered, and then, as Gianluigi Donnarumma fell to your left, dragged his penalty to your right.

You like the young man, his obvious decency, his stance on various social issues – and you are an English goalframe after all. You wanted him to score. You tried to just stretch a bit further, to widen your stance, but your feet were rooted and the ball cannoned off the base of your post and away. If only he had struck it three inches more centrally you probably could have helped it in, and if you had, England would probably be European champions and Rashford might not have had such a miserable season; Manchester United might not feel like quite such a faded force in need of desperate reconstitution.

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‘It means the world’: Liverpool and Klopp celebrate winning FA Cup – video

The Liverpool manager, Jürgen Klopp, said 'it means the world' to win the club's eighth FA Cup after beating Chelsea 6-5 on penalties at Wembley to keep their quadruple dreams alive. It is Liverpool's second trophy of the season and Klopp says he has decided to enjoy the moment. 'I thought tonight I decided I'd take that and just enjoy this moment and don't think about the next challenge we are facing. Because it's really special.'

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Liverpool beat Chelsea on penalties in FA Cup final – as it happened

Kostas Tsimikas and Alisson were the heroes as Liverpool completed a domestic double by again winning on penalties after a 0-0 draw

Happiness is... a warm gun called Hamlet. It’s also remembering when your side won the FA Cup. A couple of years ago, when we all had bugger all to do because of Covid, liveblog genius Scott Murray wrote retro MBMs on two famous FA Cup final victories for Chelsea and Liverpool. They are brilliant, funny and evocative, and you’re very welcome.

Pre-match quotes, part 2

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Thomas Tuchel stays calm amid the chaos as Chelsea’s biggest asset

Head coach has faced the club’s problems head-on and with great diplomacy and FA Cup win would be greatly prized

Almost three months have passed since Thomas Tuchel’s job description changed. Previously he was the head coach. His role was to look after Chelsea’s first team, win some trophies and steer clear of controversy. Overall, despite the odd stumble here, the odd unauthorised interview from Romelu Lukaku there, life was good. Chelsea were an undisputed member of the elite and, after escaping the infighting and egos at Paris Saint-Germain, Tuchel appreciated being left to do what he loves most: coach his team and concentrate on the football.

But then, as Chelsea prepared to face Liverpool in the Carabao Cup final at the end of February, the mood shifted. The Russian invasion of Ukraine was under way which put Roman Abramovich in an awkward position. Suddenly, Tuchel was fielding questions about Abramovich’s future at Chelsea. Incredibly, he was prepared to answer them. “You’re right,” Tuchel said, responding to a question about Abramovich being accused in parliament of having links to the Russian state. “We should not pretend this is not an issue.”

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Thomas Tuchel doesn’t mind if Chelsea are ‘the bad guys’ in FA Cup final

  • Blues manager says Liverpool have ‘huge sympathy’ in country
  • Tuchel: ‘Kloppo is master of being the underdog, that’s part of it’

Thomas Tuchel has said that he understands why Pep Guardiola believes the entire country wants Liverpool to win the title but Chelsea’s manager does not mind if his side are “the bad guys” in Saturday’s FA Cup final.

Asked about Guardiola’s claim that “people want Liverpool to win more than us”, Tuchel was quick to side with Manchester City’s manager. “I’m not a Liverpool fan,” he said. “I can understand why he has that feeling. In general I would say it is hard to really argue with it. I did not say I agree 100% but I can see. There is a huge sympathy for Liverpool in the country.”

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Old traditions meet modern convention in FA Cup final of promise | Jonathan Liew

Liverpool and Chelsea clash at Wembley on Saturday with a rich history of Cup success in today’s changing landscape

Ah, the Cup final. All that pomp and ceremony, the classic rites, the time-honoured rituals. The tingle of anticipation as we approach the sacred 4.45pm kick-off. A bespoke set from the world-famous house DJ Pete Tong in the buildup. Banners and placards honouring the competition’s airline sponsor. The traditional taking of the knee. And then, after a peep of Craig Pawson’s whistle, a football match played almost entirely without conventional strikers.

One of the greatest misconceptions about the FA Cup over the years is that it has failed to move with the times. In fact, ever since the first final at the Kennington Oval 150 years ago people have been messing around with it, tweaking and tampering and trying new things. It was the first competition to use goal nets and experiment with numbers on shirts; the first to embrace VAR; the first to allow games on a Sunday. Third-place playoffs have come and gone. At its best the FA Cup is not simply a time capsule or historical re-enactment. It can show us who we are and where we’re going.

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Jürgen Klopp tells Liverpool ‘enjoy the journey’ as quadruple hunt goes on

The manager who turned down the chance of easy success at Bayern Munich emphasised the importance of trying

For a manager close to winning so much Jürgen Klopp is remarkably sanguine about the risk of trophies slipping from his grasp over the next fortnight. Had he wanted guaranteed success the Liverpool manager would have accepted one of several job offers from Bayern Munich. Digging in and fighting for it suits his nature better.

Part two of the quadruple chase takes Liverpool to Wembley for the third time in four months on Saturday, seeking a first FA Cup triumph in 16 years. Chelsea, Manchester City and Real Madrid. The strength of each opponent in the way of a historic achievement demonstrates the scale of Liverpool’s task and ensures there is no certainty to how the campaign will end. The high stakes and fine margins do not worry Klopp, who is so content that he managed two afternoon naps on Wednesday after Liverpool’s win at Aston Villa the night before.

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Chelsea v Liverpool: FA Cup final match preview

It seems remarkable that Liverpool have not lifted the FA Cup since a dramatic victory over West Ham in 2006 and even more extraordinary that this is only their second final since that penalty shootout success. The other was a 2-1 defeat to Chelsea in 2012 – one of five triumphs in the competition for the Blues over the last 16 years. Wembley has become almost like a second home to Chelsea, with this their third successive appearance in the final, and they will be keen to avoid an unwanted hat-trick of defeats, having been beaten by Arsenal and Leicester in the previous two instalments. Add to that their penalty shootout heartbreak against Liverpool in the Carabao Cup final in February and Thomas Tuchel’s side certainly have a few Wembley demons to exorcise while Jürgen Klopp’s are bidding to claim a second trophy of a potential quadruple this season. Stephen Hollis

Saturday 4.45pm BBC One, ITV

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Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic: ‘I want to be on the pitch. I enjoy this club a lot’

American probably faces tough summer decisions but his focus is on the FA Cup final and making this ‘a pretty successful season’

Which direction is Christian Pulisic going in? For most of his career, it was a question that preoccupied opposition defenders; more recently, it is one Pulisic has perhaps begun to ask himself. Pulisic is 23 years old, a player of rare poise and skill, by common consent the greatest male footballer to come out of the United States. Back home his face is used to sell energy drinks, computer games, burritos and peanut butter chocolates. The path to stardom has been blazed and beaten with an inexorable momentum. Now he’s here, a Champions League winner at one of the biggest clubs in the world. And yet.

Pulisic has started only 12 league games this season. A few days before this interview his father, Mark, went on Twitter to express – and then quickly retract – his disappointment at his son’s treatment at Chelsea. The FA Cup semi-final, the Club World Cup final, the Champions League second leg against Real Madrid: Pulisic was left on the bench each time. “The sad thing is he loves this club, teammates, and London,” Pulisic senior wrote. “Puts his heart and soul into being a pro. Onwards and upwards my boy ... big six months ahead.”

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Alisson Becker, Liverpool’s Mr Consistent in quest for quadruple | Andy Hunter

The goalkeeper is hoping to inspire Liverpool to their second trophy of the season in Saturday’s FA Cup final against Chelsea

Chelsea will not need reminding of the role Liverpool’s second-choice goalkeeper played in their downfall when the sides last met at Wembley. The form of Liverpool’s first choice – or “the best goalie in the world”, to use Jürgen Klopp’s description – places a greater obstacle between Thomas Tuchel’s team and payback in Saturday’s FA Cup final.

In a quadruple-chasing season featuring a club record 142 goals and counting, the dazzling impact of Luis Díaz, the world-class consistency of Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah, and the contract doubts that surround them both, it is understandable the spotlight has settled only fleetingly on Alisson Becker. Yet as the away section at Villa Park recognised after Tuesday’s vital win over Aston Villa by chanting the Brazilian’s name long after the final whistle, his contribution to Liverpool’s remarkable campaign cannot be overstated.

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