Chelsea vs Liverpool: How Did These Sides Fare In Their Last Five FA Cup Finals?

The two Premier league giants meet in the FA Cup final on Saturday
11:05, 14 May 2022

FA Cup final weekend feels a lot like the end of February did this season, with Chelsea and Liverpool set for another trip to Wembley Stadium on Saturday after the Reds earned a penalty win over the same opponents in the Carabao Cup final. It’s the first time since 1993 and only the second time in history the main event has been a repeat of the Football League’s knockout final. 

As the two sets of supporters descend on north-west London 150 years on from the first final, it’s worth reflecting on a rather differing recent history in the FA Cup. Here are the last five visits to the occasion for each side…

Chelsea

2020-21 - Chelsea 0-1 Leicester City

Last year was a disappointing day out for a returning Covid-restricted Chelsea contingent as Youri Tielemans’ goal settled the game for the Foxes, albeit only after a VAR-disallowed late equaliser when Ben Chilwell was caught offside as Caglar Soyuncu’s clearance cannoned into him.

2019-20 - Arsenal 2-1 Chelsea 

Despite getting off to a perfect start with Christian Pulisic’s fifth-minute strike, this was another sorry affair for the Blues. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang fired in the equaliser from the penalty spot and then clinched Mikel Arteta’s first piece of silverware as a manager midway through the second half. 

2017-18 - Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United

Chelsea’s last FA Cup triumph came thanks to a first-half Eden Hazard penalty after the Belgian was fouled by a clumsy Phil Jones challenge. It was an especially sweet victory given the presence of former Blues boss Jose Mourinho in the Manchester United dugout. 

2016-17 - Arsenal 2-1 Chelsea

When Diego Costa scored 15 minutes from time to cancel out an Alexis Sanchez opener it appeared that the 2017 final was swinging Chelsea’s way, but Aaron Ramsey’s dramatic winner moments later ensured a 13th FA Cup triumph for Arsenal. 

Chelsea and Liverpool 

2011-12 - Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool

Chelsea’s handful of finals in the last 10 years brings us to the most recent visit for Liverpool to the season-ending occasion. Ramires and Didier Drogba put Chelsea into a commanding position and Kenny Dalglish’s side couldn’t get back into it despite Andy Carroll’s consolation goal.

Liverpool

2005-06 - Liverpool 3-3 West Ham United (3-1 on pens)

Liverpool’s last FA Cup win was almost a huge let-down. West Ham were 3-2 up when Paul Konchesky’s cross-shot found the net midway through the second half put the Hammers back in front. But Steven Gerrard’s dramatic late piledriver sent the game to extra time and the Reds came out on top from the spot. 

2000-01 - Arsenal 1-2 Liverpool

‘Michael Owen’s Final’. After Freddir Ljungberg put a dominant Arsenal in front, the England striker snatched centre stage late on. First he reacted quickest to a half-cleared free-kick, then raced through and poked the winner past David Seaman. Cue delirium. 

1995-96 - Liverpool 0-1 Manchester United

The most forgettable of finals. Eric Cantona’s late winner through a crowded box was about all anyone can ever remember from the 1996 showpiece. Oh, except for the cream suits. We all remember the ‘Spice Boys’ cream suits. Liverpool didn’t come out of this one with much credit either on the field or the catwalk.

1991-92 - Liverpool 2-0 Sunderland

Sunderland were a second-tier club at the time but Liverpool struggled until Michael Thomas scored the opener two minutes after the restart thanks to Steve McManaman’s fine build-up play. Ian Rush sealed the victory in the 67th minute with his fifth FA Cup final goal.

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