Liverpool clinch FA Cup on penalties

Two cups in the bag for Liverpool, but can Jurgen Klopp's side now go on to win the quadruple?

Saturday, 14th May — By Zakaria Taibi

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FA Cup Final

Liverpool win 6-5 on penalties

IT was a repeat of the Carabao Cup final, which ended the same way, as Liverpool picked up their second trophy of the season on Saturday, beating Chelsea in the FA Cup final on penalties at Wembley.

The Reds are now on course for a historic quadruple, with a Champions League final to play at the end of this month as well two crucial games to decide the Premier League.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said after the game: “This is a trophy for the whole club, we saw before the game what it means to the people. We saw them partying since this morning.

“When we came into the stadium we could see what it meant to them, then on the pitch we saw what it meant for the players. It’s out of this world, it’s unbelievable, it’s massive.

“It’s game number 60 or whatever it is in a very, very intense season and putting up a performance like this is absolutely incredible. In the end we all know penalty shootouts are a lottery, it’s how it is, but we did it again.”

In a final that had everything but goals, Liverpool were just an inch away from scoring on several occasions: the closest efforts seeing man-of-the-match Luis Diaz and Andrew Robertson hit the woodwork in quick succession in the 82nd and 83rd minute respectively.

Marcos Alonso was Chelsea’s nearest to scoring, hitting the post and also being denied by Alisson.

If there was a player that deserved a goal for his efforts in this final, however, it was Diaz. The Colombian, who was unplayable throughout the 90 minutes, found himself through on goal on four separate occasions in the first half as well but failed to convert any of them.

Praising Diaz, Klopp said: “What a boy, what a story, what a player! But he should have scored and he will probably agree. The speed he has is insane, he’s outstanding and a fantastic boy. He gets our football 100 per cent, he fits like a glove to our football and that’s really special.”

It was far from a perfect final for Liverpool, however. Mohamed Salah went off injured in the first half, while on 90 minutes Virgil van Dijk was forcerd off – both now doubts for the Premier League run-in.

After a goalless 90 minutes, as few chances in extra-time, it was down to penalty kicks to decide the fate of both these teams.

It was also a chance for Chelsea to set the record straight after losing the EFL Cup final on penalties to Liverpool in February.

Cesar Azpilicueta missed Chelsea’s second spot kick, which eventually left Sadio Mane with the chance to spark Liverpool’s celebrations – but Senegal teammate Edouard Mendy had other ideas and kept him out.

Alisson then saved Mason Mount’s effort, leaving Kostas Tsimikas to secure Liverpool’s second trophy of the season and send their fans into jubilation.

Chelsea: Mendy, Chalobah (Azpilicueta, 105), Silva, Rudiger, James, Jorginho, Kovacic (Kante, 66), Alonso, Mount, Pulisic (Loftus-Cheek, 105), Loftus-Cheek (Barkley, 120), Lukaku (Ziyech, 85)
Substitutes not used: Arrizabalaga, Werner, Saul, Sarr

Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk (Matip, 90), Robertson (Tsimikas 111), Keita (Milner, 74), Henderson, Thiago Alcantara, Salah (Jota, 33), Mane, Diaz (Firmino, 98)
Substitutes not used: Gomez, Jones, Origi, Kelleher

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