Liverpool won the FA Cup after beating Chelsea 6-5 on penalties after a goalless draw in extra time.
Liverpool won the FA Cup after beating Chelsea 6-5 on penalties following a goalless draw after extra time at Wembley Stadium in London, UK.
Liverpool’s Konstantinos Tsimikas scored the winning penalty after Chelsea’s Mason Mount’s shot was saved by Reds goalkeeper Alisson Becker.
Just 76 days after the Reds edged out Thomas Tuchel’s men on penalties following a goalless League Cup final, Wembley witnessed another thrilling clash between these teams that went to the wire.
Now Liverpool have the eighth FA Cup they’ve been waiting 16 years to win.
The game was more tense than turgid, just like in the League Cup final in February, and nothing could separate them in the 90th minute and extra time ended goalless again.
A chance came early for Liverpool, with Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy defending Luis Díaz. Then came Christian Pulisic’s shot that went wide on a frustrating afternoon for the Chelsea player.
The first half was marred by injury delays for Liverpool’s players. Alisson needed treatment after taking a hit to the shin while blocking Marcos Alonso’s shot.
The goalkeeper recovered, but it didn’t take long for Mohamed Salah to fall. The forward could not continue due to a pain in the groin, but managed to leave without help when he was replaced by Diogo Jota in the 33rd minute.
Liverpool missed the Premier League top scorer threat. Chelsea missed their chance to exploit that.
A rousing second-half start from Chelsea saw Marcos Alonso shoot wide and send a free-kick on the crossbar around Pulisic’s shot, only to be repelled by a diving save from Alisson.
A final flurry of attempts by Liverpool did not prevent the game from going into extra time with the post hit by Díaz from a tight angle and Andy Robertson from close range.
The only goalless shot in extra time at Wembley was in 2005, when Arsenal won one of their record 14 titles.
On penalties, the Reds were helped by Chelsea midfielder Mason Mason’s penalty, which was saved before Konstantinos Tsimikas claimed victory with his first goal for the club.
In two weeks, Liverpool are hoping to win another trophy by beating Real Madrid in the Champions League final.
Before that, Klopp has to wait for Manchester City to fall in the last two rounds of the English Premier League and Liverpool to take the opportunity to regain that trophy.
“That’s also part of the ‘mindset monsters’, going into extra time and keeping the level high, performing well,” said Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson.
“This gives us even more confidence to continue in the Premier League and also in the Champions League final. This is a fantastic moment and now we just need to enjoy it.”