Liverpool travels to Field Mill on Sunday to take on Conference National side Mansfield Town in the FA Cup third round proper. While the Reds are set to field a weakened side, Mansfield will aim for what would arguably be the biggest upset in the Nottinghamshire club’s existence. Continue reading →
Brendan Rodgers’ side got a bit of luck in the draw for the FA Cup third-round draw. While Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal each got selected to take on current Premier League sides, Liverpool ended up getting the winner of the non-league battle between Lincoln and Mansfield in the next round of the FA Cup.
The 131st edition of the FA Cup will take place at Wembley Stadium this Saturday, and it pits two clubs against one another with very different backgrounds. However, both sides have become so familiar, it seems as if the match is expected. There is a certain something about this newer rivalry that makes it so heated, exciting and frustrating all at the same time. This match actually may be one of the most important contests for either side in recent memory. It is Liverpool and Chelsea in the latest of a long string of heated battles in cup competitions.
As the build up to the tomorrow’s FA Cup Final against Chelsea continues, here is a look back at Liverpool’s previous seven victories in the world’s oldest sporting cup competition.
The FA Cup was first held in 1871–72. Entry to the cup is open to all teams who compete in the Premier League, the Football League and in steps one to five of the FA National League System, as well as selected teams in step six. This provides the magic of the FA cup as the largest clubs in England and Wales can be drawn against amateur village teams. The tournament has become known for the possibility for “minnows” (underdogs) from the lower divisions to become “giant-killers” by eliminating top clubs from the tournament and even theoretically winning the Cup, although lower division teams rarely progress beyond the early stages. Continue reading →
I read somewhere once that people are lucky and unlucky according to the ratio between what they get and what they have been led to expect. Liverpool fans certainly didn’t expect to be sitting at 8th place on the league table, 16 points out of Champions League qualification, but things don’t always turn out as you plan. Any number of excuses can be made from players going down injured to Liverpool hitting the woodwork 32 times and counting, but I prefer to look at things in a different light. While the Reds may be on pace for their worst finish since the 1953-1954 campaign when they were relegated, the fact remains that a cup double and the chance to move into a tie with Tottenham for 3rd most FA Cup titles at 8 a piece is within their grasp. Continue reading →
Liverpool heads to Wembley to take on crosstown rivals Everton in what may just be the most important match of the season.
The club has had quite the rough patch in recent weeks, but all may be forgiven if Liverpool can make it to the final. Of course, this will be far from easy, as Everton has been absolutely on fire. Recent form shows the Toffees in charge, and as it stands, the club is one point of Liverpool in the Premier League table. Continue reading →
Eight days after a difficult loss in the league against Manchester United, Liverpool hosts Brighton and Hove Albion in the fifth round of the FA Cup, with hopes it can keep the dreams of a double alive. Continue reading →