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Where are they now: Liverpool XI v Chelsea in 2012 FA Cup final

Liverpool will play in their first FA Cup final for a decade when they face Chelsea in the 2022 showpiece at Wembley.

Jurgen Klopp’s Reds beat Thomas Tuchel’s Blues on penalties in the Carabao Cup final earlier this season.

The German pair will pit their wits against one and other once again in the final on Saturday.

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The last time the red half of Merseyside reached the final was in 2012 under Sir Kenny Dalglish when the Anfield side were beaten by Roberto Di Matteo’s Chelsea side.

Ahead of the two teams meeting on Saturday, we take a look at Liverpool’s team back in 2012…

7 Footballers Who Were GENUINELY Irreplaceable

Pepe Reina

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The Spaniard spent nine years at Anfield following his £6m move from Villarreal with a season spent on loan at Napoli before moving to Bayern Munich in 2014.

The 39-year-old is still playing and has made 17 appearances this season for Serie A giants Lazio who he joined on a free transfer in 2020.

Reina made 394 appearances for Liverpool and won four trophies with the club.

Glen Johnson

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Liverpool paid Portsmouth £17.5m to sign the England international in June 2009 and he went on to make 200 appearances for the 19-time English champions.

The attack-minded full back spent six years on Merseyside before joining Stoke City where he played for three years. The 37-year-old announced his retirement from professional football in January 2019.

Martin Skrtel

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The physical Slovakian is still playing professionally at the age of 37 with Spartak Trnava back in his homeland.

The no-nonsense centre-halve joined Liverpool from Zenit St Petersburg in January 2008 and he spent eight years with the six-time Champions League winners before joining Turkish giants Fenerbahce.

Daniel Agger

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Skrtel’s centre-back partner for a long period at Liverpool was the Dane Agger who possessed a cannon of a left foot.

Agger headed to the North West in January 2006 from Brondby and spent eight years at Anfield before returning to Brondby and retiring in the summer of 2016.

Jose Enrique

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After four years with Newcastle United following his arrival to the Premier League from Villarreal, the marauding left-back was snapped up by Liverpool.

The Spaniard spent five years at Anfield before leaving in the summer of 2016 where he later joined Real Zaragoza and retired a year later.

Jordan Henderson

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Henderson had a difficult start to life at Liverpool following his £20m move from Sunderland in June 2011.

The all-action midfielder has taken his game to a new level since taking over the captain’s armband and stepping out of Steven Gerrard’s shadow.

Henderson has been a driving force behind Klopp’s revolution and he remains a crucial cog of both the Liverpool and England sides.

Jay Spearing

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A product of the Liverpool Academy, Spearing made 55 appearances for the Redmen before joining Bolton Wanderers in August 2013.

At the age of 33, Spearing is still playing and is currently playing for League Two side Tranmere Rovers.

Stewart Downing

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Liverpool signed England winger Downing from Villa for £20m in July 2011 and he spent two seasons at Anfield before moving to West Ham.

Downing struggled to shine following his move and scored seven goals from 91 appearances.

Steven Gerrard

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The main man and driving force of the Liverpool side, Gerrard seemingly drove the Liverpool side on year in, year out no matter who played alongside him.

Gerrard was the heartbeat of the Liverpool side and it would have been amazing to see the legend in his prime playing in Klopp’s current side.

The Aston Villa manager played 709 games for his beloved Liverpool, scoring 185 goals and providing 150 assists.

Craig Bellamy

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The Welshman had two stints at Anfield with the first coming in 2006 following a move from Blackburn Rovers.

Bellamy would only spend one season at the club before joining West Ham United. He returned to Liverpool in August 2011 before finishing his playing career at Cardiff City in 2014.

Luis Suarez

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Liverpool signing the Uruguayan striker from Dutch giants Ajax on a five-and-a-half year deal worth about £22.7m on the last day of the January transfer window in 2011.

From 133 matches for Liverpool, the clinical South American scored 82 goals and provided 46 assists before Barcelona came calling.

The Catalan giants signed the world-class marksman for £75m and he went on to score 194 goals for the La Liga giants and formed a deadly trio with Lionel Messi and Neymar.

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