Roy Keane believes Chelsea will find it difficult “stopping” Liverpool in the FA Cup final next month.
The Blues secured their passage with a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace in the semi-final yesterday evening but, when asked about their chances in the final, Keane replied:
“If any team’s going to beat Liverpool this season it’ll have to be some effort. The feel-good factor, the quality of the players. They look sharp, they look strong, great squad, great manager, they’ll take a lot of stopping.”
When it was suggested that Chelsea have an equally strong manager and squad, Keane was adamant that Jurgen Klopp’s side would be the favourites:
“Not as sharp or as strong or Liverpool.”
Although Keane’s comments are very complimentary, Reds’ fans won’t need reminding that they needed extra time and penalties to overcome Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final earlier this year.
Neither side has won a match against each other in 90 minutes this campaign, despite playing three times, so the final at Wembley next month is expected to be another very tight contest.
You also have to consider when the game is being played. Liverpool will face Aston Villa just four days beforehand and, with the battle for the Premier League title still likely to be on, they won’t be able to rest players, unlike Chelsea, who don’t really have much else to play for.