Liverpool fans are delighted to see Naby Keita start the FA Cup final against Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on Saturday May 14. The 27-year-old midfielder will start alongside Thiago Alcantara and captain Jordan Henderson as part of a three-man midfield.
Keita was one of the surprise performers for Liverpool’s star-studded side. The Guinea international has made 36 appearances for the Reds this season, registering four goals and three assists. He recently scored the lone goal in the Reds’ 1-0 win over Newcastle United in the Premier League.
Like many of his teammates, Keita could win every major title at Liverpool. The FA Cup is the only major piece of silverware that has eluded Jurgen Klopp’s side in recent seasons.
It’s worth pointing out that Keita only starts because of Fabinho’s injury. However, that hasn’t stopped Reds fans on Twitter feeling confident about their game against Chelsea. Some have even suggested that this XI could play against Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League final in Paris on May 28.
Here are some tweets about it:
Naby Keita also started in the Carabao Cup final against the same opposition earlier this year. However, he didn’t last the whole game, as he was substituted at the end of the second half as extra time was coming.
Liverpool have already beaten Chelsea in the domestic cup final this year. The Reds won the Carabao Cup by beating Thomas Tuchel’s side 11-10 on penalties after 120 minutes without a goal.
Liverpool lost to Chelsea in their last FA Cup final
It’s been ten years since Liverpool reached the FA Cup final. The Reds, then managed by club legend Kenny Dalglish, lost the 2012 final to Chelsea at Wembley.
Goals from Didier Drogba and Ramires were enough for the Blues to win the game. Club captain Jordan Henderson is the only remaining member of this team.
The Reds have not won the FA Cup for over 15 years, the last having won it in 2006. Chelsea, meanwhile, are in their fifth final in six years.
They won in 2018 under Antonio Conte, beating Manchester United 1-0, with Eden Hazard scoring the game’s only goal. However, the Blues have lost their last two FA Cup finals (Arsenal – 2020) and Leicester City last year.