Tireless Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp beat Chelsea 6-5 on penalties in Saturday’s unstable FA Cup final to stay on course for an unprecedented four trophies.
The exciting show at Wembley somehow ended with a score of 0: 0 after extra time, despite a fence of moments and close misses for both sides with excellent games of two goalkeepers.
Substitute substitute Costas Timikas scored the winning penalty after Chelsea captain Cesar Aspilicueta hit the post and Alison saved Mason Mount’s efforts.
Chelsea goalkeeper Edward Mendy kept his team alive when he saved Senegalese team-mate Sadio Mane on penalties, but to no avail when Liverpool lifted the trophy for the first time since 2006.
It was a copy of the League Cup final in February, which Liverpool won 11-10 on penalties after the game also ended goalless.
“I’m really proud of my boys,” said Liverpool manager Klopp. “We are mentality monsters, but there were also monsters of mentality in the colors of Chelsea – it was one penalty.
“Chelsea played great, but in the end there must be one winner, and that was us today.”
Saturday’s win means Liverpool have won 50% of the target for the season.
They are three points behind Manchester City in the Premier League, have two games left and will face Real in the Champions League final on 28 May.
“This is something that will give us even more confidence to continue to play in the Premier League as well as in the Champions League final,” said Alison, who made a decisive save from Marcos Alonso in the first half.
For Chelsea, this meant an undesirable record: he became the first team to lose three FA Cup finals in a row after losing to Arsenal in 2020 and Leicester City last year.
Liverpool had their best first half when Luis Diaz closed several times before Chelsea came back in the second when Alonso rattled the crossbar.
Liverpool with Klopp enjoyed more possession and finished 90 minutes at the top, Diaz and Andrew Robertson both hit the post in the last 10 minutes and the tireless Diaz whistled past in the 90th.
Tired legs on a warm day contributed to a rather anti-menopausal extra time, as the parties apparently decided to take their chance in the shootout.
Unfortunately for Chelsea, as in February, it was so close, but so far away, although manager Thomas Tuchel did not regret it.
“As in the last final, the League Cup, I do not regret it. I told the team that I was proud, ”he told reporters. “We played 240 minutes in two finals against perhaps the most dangerous attacking team in the world, and it’s 0-0.”
“I was sure that during the match the momentum was on our side, but unfortunately I was wrong.”
The only spot on another memorable day for Liverpool was striker Mohamed Salah, who was removed in the first half due to injury.
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson won the Cup from Prince William to the roar of Liverpool fans, while Chelsea almost emptied.
“It’s a big moment for us, we haven’t been in this final for a while, so the win was special,” Henderson said.
The victory was the eighth for “Liverpool” in the 150-year history of the FA Cup, equating them with “Chelsea” and “Tottenham”. Arsenal won the most – 14.