Liverpool win the FA Cup against Chelsea: Klopp’s mentality monsters defy all odds

In the end, blue smoke erupted on the lawn, and was fired from the mass of a Chelsea FC fan. Referee Craig Pawson removed the pyro part, but not really. Within a meter of the corner flag, the thing finally kept popping up, thus it was in the extended field of view for penalty kicks before the start of the preliminary round.

The Liverpool players had enough of Chelsea’s color in mind even without the blue haze. Pawson had both teams shoot on target in front of the curve of the Blues fans.

But neither the thousands of blue shirts nor the blue smoke can stop Liverpool from winning their second title of the season after the League Cup. At last, the Reds cheered and the Blues looked down the drain—again.

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Liverpool had already won the League Cup final in February against Chelsea after 120 minutes without goals in the penalty lottery.

Mohamed Salah is forced to leave the field injured

This time the pendulum swung strongly in the direction of Chelsea. With luck and a strong goalkeeper, the Londoners survived an early stage at Liverpool.

Half an hour later, Mohamed Salah suddenly sat on the grass in the center of the circle and signaled his substitution. Al-Masry has been replaced by Diogo Jota with the suspected thigh strain. Jurgen Klopp first had to hug and comfort Salah.

After midfield strategist Fabinho, who suffered a thigh injury in the league match against Aston Villa, Liverpool will have to worry about losing their first player in the Champions League final against Real Madrid on May 28.

For Salah, the 2018 final replay is perhaps the most important match of his career. Four years ago, after a bad foul from Sergio Ramos, he also had to leave the field injured after about 30 minutes.

Bad kick by Rhys James against Thiago – Van Dijk hit

Liverpool seemed shocked against Chelsea after Salah’s departure and thanked goalkeeper Alisson Becker and the crossbar for the zero goal. To make matters worse, Thiago was kicked out of his boots by Rhys James midway through the second half but escaped with a agonizing injury to his right ankle.

At the start of extra time, Liverpool suffered the next setback. Defense chief Virgil van Dijk had to go down due to knee issues, and was replaced by Joel Matip.

“I felt a stab in my knee in the first half, but then I played during the usual time. But then I couldn’t take any more risks,” said the Dutchman.

When Sadio Mane threw a potential penalty shootout winner Liverpool could no longer win the match – but he did so because Mason Mount lost his nerve and was shot by Kostas Tsimikas.

Jurgen Klopp: “I don’t have any nails anymore”

“It was very close again, like the League Cup final,” said Klopp, who was the first player. “We were lucky again against a very difficult opponent. Winning the FA Cup feels very good, even though I’ve lost my nails now.” The German coach won the FA Cup, and after the tournament, the Champions League, the League Cup, the European Super Cup and the Club World Cup, he won his sixth title with the Reds.

In the beautiful moment of victory, Klopp also thought about the losing team: “I feel like Chelsea. They did their best again for 120 minutes and again they didn’t win anything. They were a damn tough opponent again, real mental monsters. And when you play monsters Mental versus mental monsters, usually something good comes out of it.”

With their second penalty shootout win over Chelsea, Liverpool are keeping their quadruple dream alive, even if a league title looks unlikely with two games remaining and three points behind Manchester City. But anyone who wins matches like on Saturday can do anything.

Jurgen Klopp won the FA Cup for the first time

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Klopp gives Liverpool fans the following wish

Klopp already fulfilled the next long-awaited wish from Reds supporters on Saturday. “Liverpool fans have been waiting for the league title for a long time and were replaced two years ago. But they finally wanted to go to Wembley again for the FA Cup final. This title is more important to them than the next Champions League,” said TV analyst Roy Keane.

It’s been 16 years since the Reds won the FA Cup. Klopp has also removed this defect. The manager continues to build his legendary status at Liverpool and the upcoming triumphant final drama should have a positive impact on the last three games of an already amazing season for Liverpool.

“When you win two finals like that, it’s bursting with energy again. Liverpool are my favorites in the Champions League final, and even more so after the FA Cup final,” Kane said.

But now he’s back in the league and licking his wounds. “We had a big party in Dortmund after winning the DFB Cup, and here we are playing against Southampton,” Klopp said.

After all, there was encouraging news from the hospital in the evening. Van Dijk’s injury may not be serious. “It’s a little worse for Mo than it is for Virgil,” Klopp said. “Virgil is fine.”

It was a very busy day at work for Liverpool. But again very successful. The legend is alive.

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