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City, Liverpool to renew rivalry in FA Cup

Liverpool are dreaming of a quadruple and Manchester City are targeting a treble.

Something has to give when England’s top two teams meet in their FA Cup semi-final on Saturday.

Their 2-2 draw last weekend didn’t move the needle much in the Premier League title race with City maintaining a one-point lead. It will be a different story at Wembley Stadium.

“It’s a really intense fight on a really high level,” Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said.

“City was really strong last week and we were not at our best. So, I would like to see a game where we are at our best, as well.”

Liverpool clinched the League Cup in February by beating Chelsea on penalties after 120 minutes of scoreless play also at Wembley.

The Reds and City have also advanced to the semi-finals of the Champions League and could meet in the final next month in Paris.

Liverpool advanced 6-4 on aggregate after a 3-3 draw at Anfield. City got past Atletico Madrid this week but midfielder Kevin de Bruyne and defender Kyle Walker went off injured from the bruising 0-0 draw, which allowed Pep Guardiola’s men to advance 1-0 on aggregate.

No Premier League club have ever won all four trophies in the same season. Liverpool haven’t won the FA Cup since 2006, while City were victorious in 2019 when they completed the domestic treble.

In Sunday’s second semi, Romelu Lukaku could return for Chelsea when they take on fellow Londoners Crystal Palace – also at Wembley. The Belgium striker missed the past two games with a leg injury.

“Romelu was back in training yesterday,” Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel said Friday.

“Let’s see if he has any reaction or not.”

Palace are the only team remaining that have never won the FA Cup.

22-year-old midfielder Conor Gallagher will have to sit out because he’s on loan from Chelsea, who rejected Palace’s official request to allow him to play.

The cup would be consolation for a Blues squad that were knocked out of the Champions League this week, ending their title defence. They last won the FA Cup in 2018.

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