For all their qualities – extreme pressure, defensive stamina and stormy attack – perhaps their best part is the feeling of drama in such an occasion.
Just as in the League Cup final at Wembley earlier this year, Jurgen Klopp’s men needed a penalty to beat Chelsea and pick up some trophies at the same stadium.
Although the Reds are less likely to be the first English team to win three domestic competitions and the European Cup, a four-way win is possible thanks to this FA Cup win.
Two glasses in the closet this season, room for two more. That’s why Liverpool fans are still dreaming. History can still be made.
Just like in the League Cup final, the goalless 120 minutes denied the value of the match. Chances were, the goal posts were stunned, but perhaps it was fitting that on the 150th anniversary of the oldest football competition in football, the final was decided in the most dramatic way as Liverpool beat Chelsea on penalties.
Liverpool fans can celebrate their first FA Cup win since 2006.
Lots of opportunities
Even such a traditional event – a band before the kick-off, the kings present the trophy – acknowledges world events.
Like many big sporting events, political statements were made. At first Liverpool fans cheered the English national anthem, then the captain and officials stood with the Ukrainian flag with the word “peace” written in large black letters, and the players knelt before the start of the old competition.
The match was just minutes before Liverpool got their first chance. In fact, the Red Men should have scored at least once, in the first 15 minutes it was their dominance, but Thiago, Luis Diaz, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane stumbled in front of the goal.
Although Chelsea played the second whistle for most of the first half, a world-class save from Liverpool’s Allison gave the Londoners a reasonable chance – a low dive at the feet of Marcos Alonso – to keep them going.
The first departure of Salah, Liverpool’s top scorer due to injury, heightened Liverpool’s sense of anxiety as they moved forward halfway through, but without the Egyptian, the Reds were able to regain their dominance before the break.
In fact, Salah’s replacement Diego Jotter should have kept Jurgen Klopp’s players ahead before the break.
Mohamed Salah was a big waste for Liverpool due to injury.
As Liverpool did in the first half, Chelsea got off to a great start in the second half. Again, Alonso was denied entry into the scoresheet, this time his dangerous free kick with a crossbar hit the woodwork.
The top two teams in English football went from toe to toe and there were plenty of opportunities: Jota, Diaz and Andy Robertson for Liverpool; Christian Police (twice) for Chelsea.
He was suffocating. It was entertaining. It created a great atmosphere as both groups of fans played decibels on a beautiful summer evening in London.
All that was missing was a goal. Minutes passed, alternatives came, errors in tired leg play, yet no one found the net.
Diaz stared up at the sky as the impressive Edward Mendy paused for another chance, it was in the 82nd minute, and his gestures reflected the feelings of all the fans who were watching: Will one of the two guards get hurt?
Andy Robertson hit the post seven minutes before the end of the match. Diaz took aim again. But when the full-time whistle blows, all opportunities and entertainment remain aimless.
Inevitably, overtime energy has been reduced, and some opportunities have been created, with large fines on the horizon.
Led by Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool won the FA Cup for the eighth time.
Chelsea missed the second penalty kick (Cesar Azpilueta) and Liverpool’s fifth penalty kick (Sadio means). Déjà vu had a feeling that the first 10 penalties could not be determined – the League Cup final ended 11-10 on penalties and the goalkeepers needed to take it forward – but Alison Baker saved a penalty from Mason Mount, which gave Costas the goal Simikas. Opportunity to be an unexpected hero.
Greece is not a major player for Liverpool in the international arena, but he is quietly shining from the red people to celebrate.
As Liverpool jumped through the semikas, coach Jurgen Klopp came out of the dugout towards his men and fans began to blaze to fill the air with shades of red.