The FA Cup final against Chelsea will be Liverpool's second time to Wembley this season (no, I don't count those nonsense semi-finals), and Reds' fans will be hoping things go a bit more smoothly than the last time around. Championship side Cardiff City gave them quite a fright, but Liverpool managed to win the penalty shootout and bring home the Carling Cup, their first trophy in six years.
And now it's time to take on those foolish upstarts, the poshies from London backed by infinite Russian pockets. Liverpool have been having the same sort of season as Chelsea, one that seems to constantly disappoint, but the faithful over at Liverpool Offside are still convinced that there's reason for hope:
With successes few and far between this season, it's nice to look forward to something with positivity, and it's even nicer that Liverpool's results in domestic cup competition can actually provide a fairly strong evidence base for optimism.
Of course, that optimism is tempered by talk that tomorrow poses the only real chance at redemption for Liverpool after such a dismal league campaign, and the sheen of the League Cup win dimmed significantly in the time that's passed.
A realistic view of the FA Cup match: it'd be great to win, but Liverpool still have gaping flaws that need to be addressed before they can tackle the most important tasks -- league titles and Champions League qualification.
We'll have pre-game and live game coverage in our Chelsea vs Liverpool, 2012 FA Cup Story Stream. For more on the two teams, head over to Chelsea blog We Ain't Got No History and Liverpool blogs Anfield Asylum and Liverpool Offside.