Liverpool won the FA Cup for the first time since 2006 following a thrilling penalty shootout against Chelsea on Saturday, as the quadruple chasers kept their drive for history alive.
At Wembley, Jurgen Klopp’s team prevailed 6-5 in penalties, with Greek defender Kostas Tsimikas scoring the crucial penalty after Alisson Becker saved Mason Mount’s attempt.
A hard-fought final ended in a 0-0 stalemate after extra time, setting the scene for a nerve-wracking shootout in which Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicuet and Sadio Mane missed opportunities to win the trophy, while Edouard Mendy stopped Mane’s effort.
Liverpool defeated Chelsea on penalties for the second time this season, having previously won 11-10 in the League Cup final after another 0-0 draw in February.
The victory maintains Liverpool in contention to become the first English club to win all four major trophies in a single season.
With two awards already won, Liverpool will hope for a slip-up from Premier League leaders Manchester City, who lead them by three points with two games remaining.
Even if Liverpool is unable to win a second English championship in three seasons, they might still finish an incredible season by defeating Real Madrid in the Champions League final on May 28 in Paris.
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Klopp’s sole worry as he danced jubilantly in front of the Liverpool fans as a cloud of red flare smoke swirled around him was whether his players would be at full strength versus Real.
Liverpool has lost Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk to injuries that might prevent them from playing in their last two Premier League games next week and raise concerns about their ability to recuperate before the Champions League final.
For the first time since 2000-2001, Liverpool have won both domestic cups in the same season, with Klopp receiving the legendary old trophy for the first time.
It was Chelsea’s third consecutive FA Cup final loss, after previous defeats to Leicester and Arsenal.