FA Cup final: The 2021-22 Chelsea and Liverpool marathon in numbers

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FA Cup final: Chelsea and Liverpool are now set to face each other in the FA Cup final at the end of a long season for both clubs.

FA Cup final: The 2021-22 Chelsea and Liverpool marathon in numbers

They’ve scored 261 goals, traveled to eight different nations on 13 occasions, and competed in six penalty shootouts.

Liverpool defeated Chelsea 11-10 on penalties in the Carabao Cup final in February, marking the first occasion since Arsenal and Sheffield Wednesday in 1993 that the same teams have faced in the League Cup and FA Cup finals in the same season.

The Gunners won both trophies that season, winning the League Cup final 2-1 and the FA Cup final replay 2-1 after extra time.

The second meeting of Chelsea and Liverpool at Wembley in 76 days demonstrates how far both clubs have progressed in cup competitions.

Because Liverpool has advanced to the Champions League final, they will have played every possible match this season.

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Chelsea was eliminated from the Champions League in the quarter-finals by Real Madrid, although they have since won the Uefa Super Cup and the Fifa Club World Cup.

BBC Sport analyses the stats behind Chelsea and Liverpool’s long campaigns as they prepare to meet for the fourth time this season.

Salah will make 100 appearances in two seasons

With around two weeks left in the season, Liverpool can yet achieve the historic quadruple.

FA Cup final: The 2021-22 Chelsea and Liverpool marathon in numbers

They meet Real Madrid in the Champions League final on May 28 in Paris, and they are three points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City with two games remaining.

On Saturday, Jurgen Klopp’s team will play their 60th game of the season, while their 63rd and final fixture will be against Real Madrid to become the new European champions.

It’s their most points since Klopp’s debut season in command when they finished second in the Europa League and League Cup.

This season, they’ve only lost three times: at West Ham and Leicester in the Premier League, and at home against Inter Milan in the Champions League.

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Liverpool’s Road to Wembley

ThreeShrewsbury Town (h)4-1Gordon, Fabinho (2), Firmino
FourCardiff City (h)3-1Jota, Minamino. Elliott
FiveNorwich City (h)2-1Minamino (2)
Quarter-finalNottingham Forest (a)1-0Jota
Semi-finalManchester City (Wembley)3-2Konate, Mane (2)

In all competitions, the Reds have scored 142 goals and employed 37 players. When Manchester United won the 1998-99 Premier League, they utilized 29 players.

FA Cup final: The 2021-22 Chelsea and Liverpool marathon in numbers

However, 15 Liverpool players have made 10 or fewer appearances, including James Norris, who made his single appearance as a substitute for 77 seconds at the conclusion of Liverpool’s FA Cup third-round victory over Shrewsbury.

Jordan Henderson, on the other hand, has appeared in 54 Premier League games for his team this season, more than any other player in the league.

If he plays at Wembley, Mohamed Salah, one of Klopp’s trusted cadre of approximately seven or eight first-team players, will make it 100 appearances in a Liverpool shirt since the start of last season – 51 in 2020-21 and 48 so far in 2021-22.

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In January and February, he also played seven games for Egypt at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Despite the fact that Henderson has the most appearances, goalkeeper Alisson has played the most minutes of any Liverpool player – 4,500 out of a potential 5,340.

Rudiger with 79 hours and counting

Chelsea’s season began two days before Brentford defeated Arsenal 2-0 in the first Premier League match of 2021-22, when Thomas Tuchel’s side won the Uefa Super Cup on penalties in Northern Ireland on August 11.

Since then, the Blues have competed in the Champions League in Italy, Sweden, Russia, France, and Spain.

In February, they traveled to the United Arab Emirates to compete in Fifa’s Club World Cup, where they were defeated by Brazilian side Palmeiras in extra time to win the competition.

Tuchel has already stated that his players were mentally and physically exhausted prior to their trip to Abu Dhabi.

Chelsea’s road to Wembley

ThreeChesterfield (h)5-1Werner, Hudson-Odoi, Lukaku, Christensen, Ziyech
FourPlymouth Argyle (h)2-1 (aet)Azpilicueta, Alonso
FiveLuton Town (a)3-2Saul, Werner, Lukaku
Quarter-finalMiddlesbrough (a)2-0Lukaku, Ziyech
Semi-finalCrystal Palace (Wembley)2-0Loftus-Cheek, Mount

Chelsea, like Liverpool, will finish the season with 63 games played, their most since winning the Europa League and finishing second in the League Cup in 2018-19.

Tuchel, on the other hand, has employed 33 players, four fewer than Liverpool, with seven of them appearing only once.

Antonio Rudiger of Germany has played 4,740 minutes, or 79 hours, in the Premier League this season, more than any other player.

Chelsea has won 37 of their 60 games and has scored 119 goals. Four of their eight losses have occurred in the last 11 games.

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