The final of the world’s oldest cup competition pits two of the globe’s biggest teams against each other at the magnificent Wembley Stadium today.
Mateo Kovacic starts for Chelsea, in a big boost for the Blues, while Luis Diaz gets the nod for Liverpool.
Chelsea and Liverpool compete for the FA Cup trophy with the Blues out to lift their ninth crown after back-to-back defeats in the last two finals, while Jurgen Klopp’s Reds last won the cup in 2006.
Both enjoyed a relatively safe passage to the showpiece, each having barely encountered Premier League opposition until the semi-finals.
Plymouth and Luton put up surprisingly stout opposition to Chelsea before they brushed aside Crystal Palace last month, whereas Liverpool had to come through Manchester City in the final four following a testing trip to Nottingham Forest.
One extra facet to today’s game is that it is a repeat of the League Cup final.
Not since 1993 have two opponents met in both events, and it was Liverpool who came out on top in the Carabao Cup showdown just over two months ago.
So let’s get our suits on, turn Jerusalem up, and gaze in awe at those steps up to the Royal Box as this promises to be a fascinating FA Cup final.
With kick-off at 4.45pm BST, follow Standard Sport’s live blog for all the updates from Matt Verri and James Robson at Wembley…
FA Cup final updates
Show latest updates
6 mins: Salah looks to curl a ball into the box, straight into Jorginho. Midfielder stays down but he’ll be fine to continue.
Corner Liverpool, swung in by Alexander-Arnold. Headed out and Chelsea can get back up the pitch.
5 mins: Rapid start to the match from Liverpool. Diaz gets in behind, squares it into the box… Thiago can’t quite get there for a tap-in.
All Liverpool at Wembley, not sure Chelsea have really had a touch.
We are underway at Wembley for the FA Cup final!
Brilliant atmosphere – now just for the action on the pitch to match it.
Prince William onto the pitch to meet the players – think we’re pretty much done with pre-match duties now.
Just the national anthem to go until we get the final underway at last.
Abide with Me – tick. Tough gig for the choir competing with the crowd, who have a very different set-list in mind.
Kick-off just over five minutes away!
About 90,000 people on the pitch, never mind in the stands.
Live rendition of You’ll Never Walk Alone from the band on the pitch went down very well.
Jurgen Klopp’s pre-match thoughts
“The boys lift themselves for these occasions. The wins, the trophies, they keep us going. We have really important games – today is massive and hopefully we are ready.”
Yellow is the colour today for Chelsea in the Wembley sun.
Would be fair to say that Tuchel has clearly not been losing too much sleep over his side’s kit.
Liverpool favourites to get the job done at Wembley, and to do so inside 90 minutes. It was tight here a couple of months ago in the Carabao Cup – 120 minutes wasn’t enough!
Chelsea to win in 90 minutes 27/10
Liverpool to win in 90 minutes 21/20
Chelsea to win in extra time 13/1
Liverpool to win in extra time 8/1
Chelsea to win on penalties 10/1
Liverpool to win on penalties 9/1
Odds via Betfair.