yAt the moment of the great victory, Orgen Klopp also thought of the losers. Liverpool had just beaten Chelsea in the FA Cup final, and as in the League Cup final in February, the decision had to be made between the two teams on penalties.
This was nerve-wracking, said Klopp, who suffered both visually and audibly. “My nails are gone, but I really feel for Chelsea,” the coach whispered hoarsely in a television interview as his players celebrated. This is very difficult.”
In an exciting final at Wembley with many chances for both sides and many hits on the post and the crossbar, no goals were scored either in the 90 minutes of the match or in overtime. Only in the penalty shootout did Liverpool win 6:5 – and in the end it was fair. It’s Liverpool’s first FA Cup win since 2006; This is the first time in the 150-year history of the oldest national football competition in the world that a German coach has won the title.
Klopp’s success has become more and more a saint for Liverpool fans. In the fall of 2015, he took up his new position at the club, which at that time was not as strong as it is today. Klopp led Liverpool back to glory in the 1970s and 1980s, winning their first Champions League in 2019 and Liverpool’s first English championship in 30 years the following year.
two more titles
The FA Cup and League Cup double this season means Klopp will go down as one of the club’s greatest coaches. Klopp also has fans outside the city limits of Liverpool. The Club is a religious denomination also found in England. “There is a lot to admire at Liverpool at the moment and there is one man behind it all – Jurgen Klopp,” former England international Alan Shearer wrote in a post for the BBC after the cup final.
And the season isn’t over yet. Liverpool have already won two titles, and two more could follow: it will be the so-called quartet, which no English club has been able to achieve so far.
In the tournament, leaders Liverpool lead Manchester City ahead of them, and as in 2019, the decision can only be taken on the last day of the match. City only drew 2-2 against West Ham United on Sunday and are now four points ahead but have played a game more. Liverpool travel to Southampton on Tuesday and need a win to stay with a chance of winning the league.
And on May 28, the next final will be on the Liverpool program: in Paris from 9 pm (in the FAZ live index of the Champions League and on the ZDF) against Real Madrid to win the Champions League. Praising his opponent, Klopp said: “It was an incredibly strong game against Chelsea, they deserved it just as they did in the League Cup – the differences are very small. It was just a penalty. Chelsea played great, but in the end there has to be a winner. – And that was us today.” He, his team and the fans must be encouraged to make the tough decisions in their favor right now.