Liverpool, under the guidance of Jurgen Klopp, just appear to get better and better. With the Carabao Cup already in the bag after a penalty victory over Chelsea, the Anfield outfit returned to Wembley once again to take on their London rivals in yet another final. And, it was yet another they ended up winning, again on penalties.
It’s fair to say that Liverpool were the favourites heading into the FA Cup final. They have, of course, enjoyed a fruitful season so far, one that continues to hold so much promise, and they had recorded a cup final victory over Chelsea back In February. So, the signs were good, and the odds of making it two trophies from two were stacked in their favour. But i
During normal time, it’s fair to say that both sides had their moments. Luis Diaz and Andrew Robertson both clattered the woodwork for Liverpool, while Marcos Alonso did the same for Chelsea. Liverpool arguably were the more dominant force, but with both sides recording two shots on target, and with possession split 53% to 47% in Liverpool’s favour, you can see why yet again, a penalty shootout was required to separate the two teams.
They say in football that it’s all about decisive moments and those who step up and make them count. And Liverpool have goalkeeper Alisson to thank, as his save in the shootout from England star Mason Mount provided left-back Kostas Tsimikas with the opportunity to secure victory, and he did so with aplomb. It leaves Chelsea with the unwanted record of being the first team to lose three successive FA Cup finals, and Tuchel with a lot of work to do.
Looking ahead, Liverpool are now two from two on their quadruple adventure. While adding the Premier League title to their haul looks unlikely, as it will require Manchester City to lose to Aston Villa on the final day, it’s still possible, with City having slipped up at West Ham last time out. Liverpool take on Wolves at Anfield, which could prove to be a decisive Sunday afternoon, in a game that you expect them to win.
There is also the small matter of the Champions League final to come at the end of the month against Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid. You’d suggest that if Liverpool were to add a third trophy to their cabinet this season, this is the one they’re most likely to get their hands on. However, Ancelotti’s men have shown they’re no pushovers and have fought back on more than one occasion to upset the apple cart. It's a game that injured duo Virgil van Dijk and Mo Salah should return for, significantly boosting Liverpool's chances of success in Paris at the Stade de France.