Liverpool are looking for a historic quadruple after winning the FA Cup against Chelsea after another Wembley penalty shootout.
Jurgen Klopp’s side repeated their Carabao Cup final win in February, the defining moment coming when Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson saved Mason Mount’s spot-kick, helping Costas Simikas lift Liverpool’s second trophy of the season.
The Reds are still in the race for the Premier League title and have a Champions League final to come against Real Madrid.
Liverpool had an excellent final, with excellent Luis Diaz and Andrew Robertson doing the woodwork, although this may have come at the cost of Mohamed Salah’s injury in the first half and Virgil van Dijk’s exit after 90 minutes.
It is a devastating blow for Chelsea and manager Thomas Tuchel to lose like this, had opportunities to hit Marcos Alonso’s post and were denied by Alisson.
When Edouard Mendy saved Senegalese teammate Sadio Mane’s penalty in a shootout when the Liverpool forward only needed to score to win the FA Cup, it seemed for just a moment that the Reds’ attack on four trophies had just been interrupted. It is possible
Alisson put Liverpool back on course when he avoided Mount, which was inconsistent as Simikas converted the final penalty and sent Liverpool fans wild.
Once again Liverpool won against fiercely disciplined and determined opponents, even though they lost Salah to a muscle injury before half-time and Van Dijk did not emerge for extra time.
It remains to be seen how serious those problems are, but it currently looks like Liverpool can overcome most of the obstacles placed before them, albeit once to claim their first FA Cup since 2006. Then there is a penalty.
Luis Diaz was an outstanding player of the game, running Chelsea ragged and consolidating Mendy’s goal until he was substituted for a standing ovation, eliminated.
Klopp refers to his players as “psychic monsters” and explains why. Players from both sides gave so much that they were on their feet as soon as the final whistle blew.
Manchester City remain favorites in the Premier League with three points ahead and a better goal difference, and it was a powerful opportunity that would have taken a lot from Liverpool before they face Southampton at St Mary’s on Tuesday.
What we do know, however, is that Liverpool have remarkable powers of resilience and recovery as they continue their march on history.
Chelsea suffer more Wembley
Chelsea manager Tuchel thought redemption was at hand when Mendy saved from Mane, bringing back the shootout scoreline after Cesar Azpliqueta hit the post.
This was not to happen, however, and the German Wembley looked disheartened as he climbed up to collect the medal he had lost.
This was a chance to set the record straight after losing the EFL Cup final on penalties in February, instead it only caused more pain for Tuchel and his players after giving everything they were looking for a win.
It will come as no consolation that Chelsea have now matched Liverpool in two Wembley finals – and have drawn both Premier League games – only to end up empty-handed when it comes to the four main trophies on offer this season. had come.
Chelsea have won the Club World Cup and the UEFA Super Cup, but they will be ignored in what has ultimately been a disappointing season.
They once again had the opportunity, but they could not take advantage of it, both Mount and Alonso were denied crucially by Alisson.
Tuchel gave the start to Romelu Lukaku but once again the striker could not do much. There was no lack of effort but no spark and was eventually replaced.
There will now be a period of reconstruction, with Antonio Rudiger leaving for Real Madrid and captain Azpilicueta also expected as the club begins a new era in the form of Roman Abramovich’s successor Todd Bohli.
Chelsea will have a place in next season’s Champions League as a reward for their efforts, but make no mistake, it will be a very bitter pill for Tuchel and his players to swallow.