Carragher all set for fierce cup final
Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher is expecting an intense FA Cup final against Chelsea tomorrow as the Reds look to do the double.
Kenny Dalglish's men have already won the Carling Cup, now the veteran star wants to savour victory at Wembley again as they prepare to face one of their fiercest rivals. However, Carragher believes the ill-feeling between the two clubs is not as bad as it once was although for the duration of the game this weekend, that statement may well seem a little misguided. The 34-year-old claims hostilities were at their worst during Jose Mourinho's time in charge at Chelsea, with the League Cup final in 2005 proving a flash point after the then Blues manager's infamous finger to the lips gesture towards the Reds fans during the 3-2 defeat. Liverpool did gain revenge soon afterwards as they dumped Mourinho's men out of the Champions League, with the Portuguese tactician left to bemoan Luis Garcia's 'ghost' goal, which still rankles with him even today. It's fair to say the two clubs have contested some big games in the last few years as highlighted by the fact that Saturday's final will be the 31st fixture between them since the 2004/05 season, and they are set to meet again on Tuesday in the Premier League. Carragher told reporters: "It (the rivalry) started six or seven years ago for different reasons. "It is still a big rivalry but I think it had more to it then. Maybe Mr Mourinho had something to do with it. We seemed to be playing them four or five times a season. They are a great side and have had great players. We respect them and I am sure they respect us."