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Still can quadruple as Liverpool beat Chelsea in FA Cup final

01 Jun 2022 | 08:38 | Football


Liverpool FA Cup Final

Football – FA Cup – Final – Chelsea v Liverpool – Wembley Stadium, London, England – May 14, 2022 Kostas Tsimikas of Liverpool celebrates after scoring the winning penalty in the penalty shootout Action image via Reuters / Peter Cziborra

LONDON – Juergen Klopp’s relentless Liverpool beat Chelsea 6-5 on penalties in the tumultuous Saturday English FA Cup final to go on to win four unprecedented titles.

A compelling performance at Wembley somehow ended 0-0 after extra time despite plenty of chances and near misses for both sides with superb performances by the two goalkeepers.

Substitute Kostas Tsimikas made the penalty after Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta hit the post and Alisson saved Mason Mount’s effort.

Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy kept his side alive by saving Senegal teammate Sadio Mane’s penalty but it was in vain as Liverpool lifted the trophy for the first time since 2006.

It was a replica of the League Cup final in February, which Liverpool won 11-10 on penalties after that game also ended goalless.

“I’m really proud of my boys,” said Liverpool manager Klopp. “We are mental monsters but there are also mental monsters in a Chelsea shirt – it was a penalty.

“Chelsea played brilliantly but in the end there had to be a winner and that was us today.”

Saturday’s win means Liverpool have achieved 50% of their target for the season.

They are 3 points behind Manchester City in the race to win the Premier League with 2 matches to go and meet Real Madrid in the Champions League final on May 28.

“This is something that will give us even more confidence to continue in the Premier League and also in the Champions League final,” said Alisson, who made a crucial save of Marcos Alonso in the first half.

For Chelsea, it means an unwelcome record of becoming the first team to lose three FA Cup finals in a row, following defeats to Arsenal in 2020 and Leicester City last year.

Liverpool had their most enthralling first half with Luis Diaz closing in on several occasions, before Chelsea came back in the second half, with Alonso hitting the crossbar.

Klopp’s Liverpool enjoyed more possession and finished the 90 minutes successfully, Diaz and Andrew Robertson both hitting the post for the final 10 minutes and Diaz tirelessly whistled a long shot for 90 minutes.

Weary feet on a hot day contributed to a rather messy extra time as both sides appeared to have decided to capitalize on their chances in the penalty shootout.

Sadly for Chelsea, as in February it has been a case of too close so far although manager Thomas Tuchel has no regrets.

“Like the last final, the League Cup, no regrets. I told the whole team that I am proud,” he told reporters. “We played 240 minutes in two finals against the most dangerous attacking team in the world and the score was 0-0.”

“I was sure during the game the momentum was on our side but unfortunately I wasn’t right.”

The only mark of another memorable day for Liverpool was striker Mohamed Salah, who was withdrawn at half-time due to injury.

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson was presented with the Cup by Prince William to cheers from Liverpool fans as Chelsea’s final game was over.

“It was a big moment for us, we haven’t been in this final in a while so to win it was special,” said Henderson.

The win marks Liverpool’s eighth game in their 150-year history of winning the FA Cup, putting them on par with Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur. Arsenal won the most with 14.

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