Henderson: FA Cup underdog status suits Liverpool

As the countdown to the Wembley showpiece rumbles on and another chapter is added to the two clubs' rivalry, the Anfield midfielder believes that the pressure is on Chelsea

Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson has declared that his side prefer the status of underdogs as they prepare to face Chelsea in the FA Cup final this weekend.

An intense rivalry has built up between the two clubs, as they will meet for the 31st time in just eight years on Saturday, with both teams looking to either complete or start a potential double trophy haul for the year.

And, whilst Liverpool have already recorded two victories over the Blues this season, Henderson believes that their opponents' incredible run to the Champions League final will mean that they go into the game as the front-runners.

"Chelsea are doing really well at the minute, and after beating Tottenham [in the FA Cup semi-final] have gone on to beat Barcelona in the Champions League, but we know we have a job to do," the midfieldeer told the Football Association’s official website.

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With the tag of favourites comes added pressure and that is something which Henderson feels will perhaps hinder Chelsea and help his side.

"We believe in ourselves and will go to Wembley and do everything to try and win the Cup. Not being favourites might help us, and we’d possibly prefer that, too,” he continued.

"All of us at Liverpool know we can beat anyone on our day, so we just have to concentrate on our game and make sure we turn up on the day and perform well."

"Winning the League Cup was a big achievement for us, so then to get to the final of the FA Cup is great for the club."