Add FA cups to the collection. Jর্গrgen Klopp has now won every major title for Liverpool.
A 6-5 victory over Chelsea on penalties in the final gave Liverpool its first FA Cup win since 2006 and put it in controversy if it had a four-fold chance of winning the trophy.
Similar to the League Cup final in February, the FA Cup showpiece ended 0-0 in 120 minutes before Liverpool won again. This time, Chelsea midfielder Mason Mason saved a penalty to help the Reds before the Constantinos Simikas won the shootout with the first goal.
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“Small gaps make a difference again and I can’t be too proud of my boys,” said Klopp, who has imitated Alex Ferguson with Manchester United and is the second manager to win the European Cup, Premier League, League Cup and FA Cup. With the same English club.
Liverpool are hoping to win the Champions League final against Real Madrid in two weeks. Before that, Klopp should expect Manchester City to slip into the last two rounds of the Premier League and Liverpool to take advantage of that trophy recovery.
Liverpool goalkeeper Alison Baker said: “It’s part of the ‘monster of mentality’, going overtime and keeping up, keeping up the good work.”
“It gives us more confidence to continue playing in the Premier League and Champions League finals. It’s a great moment and now we just have to enjoy it.”
There was more pain at Wembley for Chelsea. Chelsea’s ownership turmoil is coming to an end as they become the first team to reach three consecutive FA Cup finals after losing to Arsenal in 2020 and Leicester last year.
The final of the oldest competition in world football, Wembley, has never been penalized before. After the start of the game at the National Stadium in 1923, there was no goalless final after extra time.
But Liverpool’s last FA Cup success in 2006 was in one of the previous two shootouts that ended in a cup final, both of which took place in Cardiff when Wembley was being rebuilt.
Saturday’s final ended after half of the stadium was covered in red smoke when Liverpool fans mocked the national anthem and the identity of Prince William.
After the 150th anniversary of the FA Cup, the 141st final was as exciting as the League Cup final. Wembley had 58 shots produced by the teams in 2022 without finding the net in their two games.
An opportunity came for Liverpool with a save from Chelsea goalkeeper Edward Mendy Lewis Diaz. Christian Polisic’s shot was then extended for the Chelsea forward on a frustrating afternoon.
The first half was non-stop due to delays in the injuries of Liverpool players.
Allison was treated after his shin fell off while intercepting a shot by Marcos Alonso. Although the goalkeeper recovered, it did not take long for Mohammad Salah. The forward could not continue due to groin pain but in the 33rd minute he was able to walk without assistance instead of Diego Jotta.
Liverpool missed the threat of the top scorer in the Premier League. Chelsea missed the opportunity to use them.
The second half saw a shaky start for Chelsea with Marcos Alonso scoring wide and sending a free kick into the crossbar, thwarting a police attempt by Allison’s diving save.
A late flick of Liverpool’s effort could not prevent the game from going into extra time with D আঘাতaz hitting from a tight angle and Andy Robertson from close range.
And only for the second time – since Arsenal’s 2005 meeting with Manchester United in Cardiff – an FA Cup final ended 0-0 after extra time.
After captain Cesar Azpilicueta missed Chelsea’s second penalty, the shootout went on for Liverpool until Senegal’s teammate Mendi saved his kick and Sadio missed a chance to win.
After the teams converted another round of penalties, Mount failed and Simikas made his biggest moment since joining Liverpool in 2020. Liverpool now have their eighth FA Cup they have been waiting to win for 16 years and are aiming to win two more titles this season.
“We have to celebrate hard,” Simikas said. “Tomorrow is another day and we still have a lot to do.”
For Chelsea’s men, the FIFA Club World Cup and the UEFA Super Cup and potential new owners will end without a domestic title.
“We are certainly disappointed and sorry,” said Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel, “but also proud because we have given up everything you need.”
After losing in the League Cup final, Roman Abramovich kept Chelsea up for sale after he was approved by the British government to join Russia in the war against Ukraine. The Russian alligator has agreed to the purchase by a consortium consisting of American sports investor Todd Boheli.
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