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Chelsea vs Liverpool live stream — how to watch FA Cup final online

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The Chelsea vs Liverpool live stream will show us the FA Cup final in all its glory. It's streaming live FOR FREE on BBC iPlayer (opens in new tab) and ITV Hub (opens in new tab) — but if you're not in the U.K. right now you can tune in via a VPN (opens in new tab).

Chelsea vs Liverpool live stream, date, time, channels

The Chelsea vs Liverpool live stream takes place today (Saturday, May 14).
Time  4.45 p.m. BST / 11.45 a.m. ET / 8.45 a.m. PT
• U.K. — Watch FOR FREE on BBC iPlayer (opens in new tab) or ITV Hub (opens in new tab)
• U.S. — Watch on ESPN Plus
• Watch anywhere — try ExpressVPN 100% risk free (opens in new tab)

Chelsea and Liverpool have already met in a final once this season, of course, in the Carabao Cup. There, Liverpool claimed the trophy 11-10 on penalties after a tight 0-0 draw, but Chelsea have the better FA Cup record in recent years, winning five times since the Reds last took the honors, in 2006.

Neither side has been in top form over the past few weeks, as tiredness starts to kick in. True, Chelsea beat Leeds by 3-0 during a midweek match, but Leeds had a man sent off and before that game the Blues had only taken two points from three games.

Liverpool, meanwhile, could only draw 1-1 draw with Tottenham last week, a result that has seriously hurt their chances of winning the Premier League title and moving toward a historic quadruple. Besides the FA Cup and the Premier League title, Liverpool is also in contention for the Champions League crown, having already won the Carabao Cup.

Both sides have injury concerns going into this final, though Mateo Kovacic gets the start for Thomas Tuchel's men. (Ngolo Kante will be on the bench to start the match.). Meanwhile, Liverpool midfielder Fabinho is definitely out of Jürgen Klopp's side.

Up front, Romelu Lukaku gets the start for Chelsea, as the off-season's big signing has (finally) started scoring again. He'll be joined by Christian Pulisic in the starting lineup. Liverpool are going with Mo Salah, Luis Diaz and Sadio Mané to start; Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino are available off the bench.

Here's how they line up:

Chelsea: Mendy, Chalobah, Silva, Rudiger, James, Kovacic, Jorginho, Alonso, Mount, Lukaku, Pulisic.

Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Thiago, Keita, Diaz, Salah, Mane.

It's all set up to be another special FA Cup final — and you can watch it all for free. Read on and we'll show you how to watch the Chelsea vs Liverpool live stream, wherever you are.

FREE Chelsea vs Liverpool live streams

The Chelsea vs Liverpool live stream will be shown on many services around the world, but not all of them are free.

However, if you're lucky enough to be in the U.K. right now then you won't need to pay a penny — because the FA Cup final will be shown live on two free-to-air channels and their streaming platforms.

That means you can watch the Chelsea vs Liverpool live stream on BBC One, the BBC Sport website and BBC iPlayer (opens in new tab), and also on ITV and ITV Hub (opens in new tab), with kick off set for 4.45 p.m. BST.

All sounds great, right? But what if you're not in the U.K. right now? Don't worry — you can still watch from elsewhere by using one of the best VPNs, for instance ExpressVPN (opens in new tab). Read on and we'll explain…

Chelsea vs Liverpool live streams around the world

How to watch the Chelsea vs Liverpool live stream from anywhere with a VPN

A VPN, or virtual private network, tricks your computer into thinking you're in a different country. 

That means you can tune into your home coverage even if you happen to be abroad right now on holiday or with work. Just make sure you are legally entitled to watch the service you're accessing — for instance, anyone watching BBC iPlayer should have a valid U.K. TV licence.

All you need is one of the best VPN services. Our favorite is ExpressVPN (opens in new tab), thanks to its combination of superb speed, great customer service and excellent device support. It also offers a no-questions-asked 30-day money-back guarantee, so you could check it out without having to sign up long term.

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Speed, security and simplicity combine to make ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) our favorite VPN service. In our testing, we were impressed by its fast connection times and by its ability to access more than 3,000 services in 160 locations across 94 countries. A 30-day money-back guarantee is another bonus.

Using a VPN is incredibly simple.

1. Install the VPN of your choice. As we've said, ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) is our favorite.

2. Choose the location you wish to connect to in the VPN app. For instance if you're in the U.S. and want to view a U.K. service, you'd select U.K. from the list.

3. Sit back and enjoy the action. Head to BBC iPlayer or another service and watch the game.

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How to watch the Chelsea vs Liverpool live stream in the US

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You're going to need ESPN Plus to watch the Chelsea vs Liverpool live stream — because the streaming service has the rights to every FA Cup game this season. 

ESPN Plus is ESPN's standalone streaming service and is available via the ESPN website and many of the best streaming devices.

It's also a very well-priced service as these things go, with a subscription costing just $6.99 per month or $69.99 per year. 

Better still, you can bundle it with Disney Plus and Hulu for an incredible $13.99 per month (or $19.99/month if you want ad-free Hulu). That saves you nearly $8 on the usual price of $21.97 if you signed up for those three services individually, making it one of the best deals in streaming TV. 

How to watch the Chelsea vs Liverpool live stream in the UK

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As we said above, the FA Cup final will as always be shown live on BBC and ITV. That means you can watch the Chelsea vs Liverpool live stream on BBC iPlayer (opens in new tab) and ITV Hub (opens in new tab), with kick off set for 4.45 p.m. BST.

Of course coverage will begin before that, with Football Focus from 12-1 on BBC One, followed by MOTDx at 1.15, MOTD Top 10 at 1.45, an FA Cup rewind at 2.15, The Road to Wembley at 3.15 and then coverage of the final itself from 4 p.m. BST.

On ITV, meanwhile, the main FA Cup show will start at 3.45 p.m. to give you plenty of time to soak up the atmosphere.

And don't despair if you're not in the U.K. right now, because you can still watch from elsewhere by using ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) or another VPN service. Just remember that you should have a valid TV licence to do so.

How to watch the Chelsea vs Liverpool live stream in Canada

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Canadian soccer fans can watch the Chelsea vs Liverpool live stream on Sportsnet Now (opens in new tab). As well as being available via most cable services, Sportsnet Now can also be streamed online, so there's no excuse not to tune in.

Canadians stuck abroad that still want their low-price alternative can use a VPN such as ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) to trick their streaming device into thinking it's back in the great white north.

How to watch the Chelsea vs Liverpool live stream in Australia

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Those lucky Aussies can watch the Chelsea vs Liverpool live stream on Paramount Plus (opens in new tab)

Paramount Plus costs AU$8.99/month or AU$89.9 a year but if you sign up now you can get a 7-day free trial (opens in new tab) — meaning you could watch the Chelsea vs Liverpool live stream for free.

Not in Australia right now? You can simply use a VPN such as as ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) to watch all the action on your account, as if you were back home.

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