Liverpool will come face-to-face with two former players as they attempt to win their second trophy of the season in the FA Cup final against Chelsea at Wembley on Saturday.

 

The Reds travel to the national stadium for the third time in as many months, following their semi-final triumph over neighbours Everton and Carling Cup final victory against Cardiff City.

 

Standing in the way of Kenny Dalglish’s quest to complete a domestic cup double are Roberto Di Matteo’s side, who have also reached the UEFA Champions League final and feature two players very familiar to Liverpool supporters.

 

Fernando Torres and Raul Meireles, who swapped Anfield for Stamford Bridge in January and August 2011 respectively, are likely to be in the Blues’ line-up for the teatime kick-off in London.

 

While Liverpool have been victorious in their two previous visits to Wembley this season, they approach Saturday’s match in worryingly inconsistent form.

 

Miserable 1-0 defeats at home to West Bromwich

Albion and Fulham sandwiched an impressive 3-0

win at Norwich City, a performance inspired by a

mesmerising hat-trick from Luis Suarez.

 

Dalglish rested the majority of his first XI for the

Fulham fixture and will be buoyed by the recent

return to fitness of captain Steven Gerrard and

the improved displays from record signing Andy

Carroll.

 

The Reds have already beaten Chelsea twice

this season, with a 2-1 Premier League victory

at Stamford Bridge preceding a 2-0 win in the

Carling Cup nine days later, while Liverpool

registered a league double over the Blues last

season too.

 

Saturday will be Liverpool’s 14th appearance in

an FA Cup final and their first since winning the

competition in 2006, when Gerrard’s last-minute

equaliser set up penalty shoot-out drama with

West Ham United.

 

For their part, Chelsea are riding the crest of a wave after their aggregate victory over Barcelona in the Champions League semi-finals and a 5-1 hammering of Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup final four.

 

They did, however, suffer just their second defeat under Di Matteo against Newcastle United on Wednesday, a result which leaves them with little chance of finishing among the Premier League top four.

 

Recent history gives Chelsea reason for confidence, though, with the Blues having appeared in and won three of the last five FA Cup finals, including the 2009 edition against Everton.

Reds face old friends in Wembley cup final

By Chris Shaw, Senior Editor

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