Chelsea v Liverpool: Live FA Cup matchday blog
Liverpool's 2019-20 FA Cup campaign was ended in the fifth round after a 2-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea 2-0 Liverpool
Liverpool's 2019-20 FA Cup campaign is brought to an end at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea run out 2-0 winners.
Willian opened the scoring inside the first quarter of an hour before Ross Barkley confirmed the Blues' spot in the quarter-finals midway through the second half.
Mane picks up a late booking.
Four minutes have been added on...
Chelsea make their third change - James on for Giroud.
But Chelsea are also looking to add to their lead, with Mount firing wide from a tight angle.
The Reds are still pushing hard for a route back into the game as Firmino heads just wide from a corner.
Liverpool's final change of the 90 sees Lallana make way for Salah.
Milner is carded for bringing down Pedro.
Adrian again keeps it to 2-0 with an outstretched hand to tip Giroud's effort onto the bar.
Two changes for Liverpool as Milner and Firmino come on for Origi and Jones.
Adrian denies Chelsea a third by saving from Pedro after he raced through on goal.
Goal for Chelsea - Ross Barkley
Barkley leads a Chelsea breakaway and puts the finishing touches on it by drilling beyond Adrian.
Mount's free-kick from the edge of the box touches the top of the crossbar.
Fabinho is booked for a foul on Mount.
Mane manages to divert Williams' drilled shot towards goal, but the deflection is claimed by Kepa.
Little to report from the opening 10 minutes of the second period. Liverpool are continuing to enjoy lengthy spells of possession.
It’s another enforced sub for Chelsea. Willian is unable to continue and is replaced by Jorginho.
We're back under way as Chelsea get the second half started.
Come on Liverpool!
Here's how Opta saw that first half of action...
Chelsea 1-0 Liverpool
The referee blows the whistle on an incredibly fast-paced opening 45 minutes.
The hosts head down the tunnel a goal in front after Willian's shot from distance managed to beat Adrian.
Liverpool went close to levelling on a number of occasions, but were denied by saves from Kepa Arrizabalaga.
There'll be two additional minutes...
Chelsea are forced into an early change as the injured Kovacic is replaced by Mount.
Robertson’s whipped corner finds Origi free in the box. The striker meets the ball, but ends up firing way over.
Williams hooks clear Willian’s pull-back across goal, with Giroud waiting at the back post to pounce.
Mane weaves through a number of Chelsea shirts and then hits a shot that’s saved by Kepa.
Williams attempts to convert the rebound, but slices high and wide.
Williams tries to bend one into the far corner with his left foot, but it flies wide of the goal.
Adrian gets down low to save Kovacic's scuffed effort from distance.
So close to an equaliser!
The Reds are denied by three saves in quick succession from Kepa.
Mane is first denied from close range before Origi’s curler is blocked. Jones then sees his shot palmed away by the Chelsea goalkeeper.
The Blues are searching for another goal as Alonso’s curling free-kick hits the side-netting.
Goal for Chelsea - Willian
The hosts take the lead as Willian’s powerful shot from outside the area beats Adrian.
Adrian is able to keep out Barkley’s long-range shot.
Origi does well on the left and puts in a cross that just evades the head of Mane inside the six-yard box.
Great defending from Williams!
The right-back makes a superb recovery challenge to deny Pedro from getting a shot away from an encouraging position inside the area.
Azpilicueta then goes close from the resulting corner, glancing a header that just goes wide.
Kepa saves Mane's low and powerful shot from inside the 18-yard box.
The opportunity came about as Liverpool once again dispossessed Chelsea in their own half.
A bright start from the visitors as Mane pinches possession deep inside the Chelsea half. Williams then puts in a threatening cross into the box, which is headed clear by Azpilicueta.
Minamino gets the game started.
Up the Reds!
The two teams emerge out of the tunnel and are accompanied by some pyrotechnics. Not long until kick-off now...
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Inside the away dressing room...
Klopp on team selection
Liverpool have made seven changes for tonight's fixture - and Jürgen Klopp has been explaining his thinking behind the decision.
Virgil van Dijk, Andy Robertson, Fabinho and Sadio Mane have retained their places from Saturday in an otherwise much-changed Reds team.
Klopp said: “First of all, it’s because we can – because we have the players for it. I wanted a team who is naturally looking forward to this game, counting days pretty much and going into the tie and giving everything. And fresh legs. We want quality, we want positivity, we want a lot of things.
"We could have had that maybe in a different line-up as well, I’m not sure, but I decided for this and I’m really happy with it, to be honest. I like the team. Let’s get ready for the game.”
Liverpool have made seven changes for tonight’s game, with Virgil van Dijk, Sadio Mane, Fabinho and Andy Robertson the only players to retain their starting berths from Saturday’s defeat at Watford.
There is a return for Joe Gomez in defence, while Adrian, Adam Lallana, Divock Origi and Takumi Minamino also begin.
Liverpool: Adrian, Williams, Van Dijk, Gomez, Robertson, Fabinho, Lallana, Jones, Minamino, Mane, Origi.
Subs: Lonergan, Milner, Firmino, Salah, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Matip, Chirivella.
Did you know?
On three of the last four occasions Liverpool have beaten Chelsea in the FA Cup they have gone on to lift the trophy – 1965, 1986 and 2006.
Frank Lampard's programme notes
The Chelsea boss is hoping his players can secure a positive result against the European champions after two attempts earlier in the campaign.
"We've had two really close games with them already this season – well-contested matches, firstly in the Super Cup and then here in the league," Lampard writes.
"Even though, ultimately, we lost those games, we certainly matched them in a football sense and showed that we can compete with them when we're at our best. So this is a third chance for us to get a result against them.
"They've been the best team in the land this season and the fact their defeat to Watford on Saturday was such a surprise is a credit to the standards they've set this season, so we should expect the same strong Liverpool we've seen all year."
Tonight's match officials
Referee: Chris Kavanagh
Assistants: Lee Betts, Sian Massey-Ellis
Fourth official: Graham Scott
VAR: Andre Marriner
Assistant VAR: Derek Eaton
Dusk at the Bridge...
FA Cup action awaits.
Full-time in Portugal
And Liverpool U19s' UEFA Youth League run has sadly come to an end for this season with a 4-1 defeat by Benfica for Barry Lewtas' side.
- Only Neco Williams, Pedro Chirivella and Curtis Jones have played every minute of Liverpool's FA Cup campaign this season
- Liverpool have scored in 22 of the last 25 encounters with Chelsea home and away in all competitions
- This will be Klopp's first game in the fifth round of the FA Cup. In his 13 previous matches in this competition he has given playing time to 68 players
- Mo Salah is one goal short of becoming the first Reds player since Michael Owen in 2002-03 to score 20 times for the club in three successive seasons in all competitions. Sadio Mane needs three to achieve the feat.
Arsenal were the first team to book a place in the FA Cup quarter-finals, with a 2-0 win at Portsmouth on Monday night. Here's a reminder of the other last-16 ties taking place tonight, tomorrow and Thursday...
Will Minamino feature?
The boss was asked about a potential opportunity for January signing Takumi Minamino this evening, at his pre-match press conference.
He replied: "We have to make a decision: do we talk about the line-up or not? I decided we don't talk about the line-up and that means we cannot talk about single players.
"All fit players are in contention – that obviously includes Taki as well. If you tell me the Chelsea line-up, I will give you our line-up.
"I don't want to gamble with it or whatever, line-ups are decisive and as long as we don't know anything about the opponent, we cannot give anything away. That's how it is."
Did you know?
On three of the past four occasions Liverpool have beaten Chelsea in the FA Cup, they have gone on to lift the trophy - 1965, 1986 and 2006.
Tonight's the night
The tie must be settled this evening, with extra-time and, if needed, penalties to be used if the score is level after 90 minutes at Stamford Bridge.
This isn't the first time Liverpool have faced Chelsea in cup competitions this season, of course.
Back in August, the Reds came out on top on penalties in the UEFA Super Cup final in Istanbul.
Relive the story around that dramatic night in Turkey with Inside Istanbul...
Last time at Stamford Bridge
The Reds beat Chelsea on their own patch in the Premier League back in September.
Trent Alexander-Arnold and Roberto Firmino got the goals that day...
Lampard: Liverpool 'out on their own' this season
Frank Lampard was asked about Liverpool's loss at Watford and the effect it may have on the Premier League leaders tonight during his pre-match press conference.
The Chelsea boss said: "They have become relatively human for one game. It can happen in this Premier League, which is incredibly competitive. It shows how well they have done in the last year or so, particularly this season.
"Liverpool have just had a couple of results like the rest of us do. They’ve been out on their own this season. It has been an incredible feat from Jürgen Klopp and the whole squad and they have just become slightly normal."
Liverpool U19s are also in action today - the young Reds are taking on Benfica in the last 16 of the UEFA Youth League (3pm GMT kick-off).
Here's the team news from Portugal...
Starting XI: Jaros, Hoever, Van den Berg, Boyes (captain), Norris, Clarkson, Cain, Morton, Longstaff, Elliott, Bearne.
Subs: Ojrzynski, Savage, O'Rourke, Beck, Quansah, Bradley, Brookwell.
On this day
Liverpool have played on this day in each of the last two years.
Twelve months ago, they were held to a 0-0 draw at Goodison Park, while back in 2018 goals from Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane secured a 2-0 win over Newcastle United at Anfield.
Watch the highlights of that victory back below...
'Our next three games are all finals'
That's Adrian's mentality ahead of a huge eight days in the Reds' season, which sees them face Chelsea, Bournemouth and Atletico Madrid in three separate competitions.
"The next three games are three finals for us to show that we want to be alive in all of them and win all of them," the goalkeeper told us at Melwood on Monday.
"The first one is on Tuesday, we are preparing that game. We are more than ready to go there and win that game against Chelsea."
How can I watch the game tonight?
Chelsea v Liverpool is being shown live on BBC One in the UK, with extended highlights available on LFCTV GO from 12pm on Wednesday.
You can listen to the game live with our audio commentary service and follow all the build-up, minute-by-minute action and reaction from Stamford Bridge right here.
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'Of course these boys want to strike back'
Jürgen Klopp yesterday offered an insight into the mood at Melwood following Saturday's defeat at Watford.
"How could now I think these boys sit there and are happy that they lost? Of course they want to strike back. This is an exceptional group of players, they did outstanding stuff. Not that night – I can neither ignore the game we played at Watford or the rest we did before," stated the boss.
How we got here
Memorable Anfield victories over Everton and Shrewsbury Town got the Reds to round five.
Remind yourself of how those wins unfolded below...
Important info for fans travelling to Chelsea
Heading to Stamford Bridge tonight? Click here for some important info.
Jürgen Klopp confirmed on Monday that both Joe Gomez and James Milner are available tonight following their minor fitness issues.
Jordan Henderson, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri remain sidelined, but the Reds have no fresh injuries to contend with following the weekend game against Watford.
Jürgen Klopp's pre-match press conference took place at Melwood yesterday.
Catch up on everything the boss discussed with the media below...
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