Liverpool will make an offer to keep alive the quadruple chase in Saturday’s FA Cup final against a Chelsea side hoping to welcome incoming owner Todd Boehly with victory at Wembley.
Jurgen Klopp’s men have four games left in their historic bid to become the first English team to win all four major trophies in one season.
They beat Chelsea by winning the League Cup in February and reached the FA Cup and Champions League finals, where they will face Real Madrid on 28 May.
No English club has come this close to such an incredible result, but Liverpool know their hopes of winning the Premier League are starting to fade.
Manchester City are three points off the second-placed Reds with a 5-1 win at Wolves on Wednesday and need four points in their last two games against West Ham and Aston Villa to keep the crown.
If a second English title in three seasons proves beyond Liverpool despite their brilliant form in the second half of the season, winning two more cups would be a memorable consolation.
The first is a rematch with Chelsea, who fought bravely in an intense League Cup final in February before Liverpool prevailed 11-10 in penalties followed by 0-0.
Liverpool and Chelsea are the first English sides to meet in both national finals in the same year since Arsenal and Sheffield Wednesday in 1993.
Klopp’s side are hoping to emulate Arsenal, who did double the cup on Wednesday that season.
But, in their 60th game this season, fatigue could threaten Liverpool’s hopes of a first FA Cup triumph since 2006.
In an effort to keep his stars fresh, Klopp made several changes in Tuesday’s win at Villa, but still lost Brazilian midfielder Fabinho to an injury that ruled him out of the final.
– ‘Important and intense’ –
History Hunters will return to league service at Southampton on Tuesday and, aware of the strain on the team, Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has called for one last push, starting with Wembley.
“The further you go, the more important and intense the games are. We’re using the whole squad and I thought the guys that got in were great (against Villa), ”Henderson said.
“This is football and there will be ups and downs in a match. You have to react in the right way. To be honest, the guys have been doing this for a long time.
“The guys were amazing. Stay together in the important moments and you will eventually get your rewards. Let’s get ready now for a great match on Saturday. “
Like Liverpool, Chelsea’s season will end with 63 games played, but it was Thomas Tuchel’s side that have looked the most tired in recent weeks.
Before Wednesday’s 3-0 win at Leeds solidified their hold on third place, the Blues had only won once in five league games as they struggled to recover from a painful Champions League quarter-final exit against Real Madrid.
Uncertainty over the future of the club and several key players has also been a factor since Roman Abramovich put Chelsea up for sale shortly before being sanctioned by the government following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
With LA Dodgers co-owner Boehly and his consortium agreeing on a £ 4.25bn ($ 5.2bn) acquisition last weekend, subject to Premier League approval, Chelsea can finally plan for the next. season.
Before that, Tuchel has a chance to end the Abramovich era with one last prize, in the process of winning his first England national trophy after leading Chelsea to Champions League and World Cup glory for clubs in the last year.
Tuchel is sweating over Mateo Kovacic’s fitness after the Croatian midfielder is injured in Leeds.
“He has a swollen ankle and is in a lot of pain. If he loses it I’m very disappointed because he was a clear starter, “said Tuchel.
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