Liverpool remain in search of a historic quadruple after winning the FA Cup after another penalty shootout at Wembley against Chelsea.
Jurgen Klopp’s side repeated their victory in the Carabao Cup final in February, with the decisive moment coming when Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson saved Mason Mount’s kick, leaving Kostas Tsimikas to secure Liverpool’s second trophy of the season.
The Reds are still in the Premier League title chase and have the Champions League final against Real Madrid.
Liverpool had the upper hand in a turbulent final, with the exceptional Luis Diaz and Andrew Robertson hitting the woodwork, although that could come at a price with Mohamed Salah injured in the first half and Virgil van Dijk after 90 minutes.
It’s a devastating blow for Chelsea and manager Thomas Tuchel to lose in this fashion yet again as they had chances – with Marcos Alonso hitting the post and also denied by Alisson – but becoming the first team to lose three successive finals in the FA Cup.
When Edouard Mendy saved Senegal team-mate Sadio Mane’s penalty in the shootout, when the Liverpool striker needed only to score to win the FA Cup, it just seemed for a moment that the onslaught of Reds on four trophies may well be cut short.
Alisson put Liverpool back on track when he saved from Mount, who was inconsolable as Tsimikas drove Liverpool fans wild by converting the final penalty.
Once again Liverpool prevailed against fiercely disciplined and determined opponents, despite losing Salah to what looked like a muscle injury before half-time and Van Dijk failed to emerge in extra time.
It remains to be seen how serious these issues are, but at present it looks like Liverpool can overcome most of the hurdles in front of them, even though they again took penalties to win their first FA Cup since 2006.
Diaz was the standout player of the game, leading Chelsea to shreds and peppering Mendy’s goal with effort until he was substituted exhausted to a standing ovation.
Klopp calls his players ‘monsters of mentality’ and it illustrates why. Players from both sides gave so much they were almost on their feet at the final whistle.
Manchester City remain Premier League favourites, three points clear and superior in goal difference, and it was a chance that plagued Liverpool ahead of facing Southampton at St Mary’s on Tuesday.
What we do know, however, is that Liverpool possess remarkable powers of resilience and recovery as they continue their march through history.
Chelsea are still suffering from the agony of Wembley
Chelsea manager Tuchel thought redemption was at hand when Mendy saved from Mane, bringing the scoreline in the shootout level after Cesar Azplicueta hit the post earlier.
It was not to be and the German looked utterly apologetic as he approached to collect another medal from the Wembley losers.
It was a chance to set the record straight after losing the EFL Cup final on penalties in February, instead it was just more agony for Tuchel and his players after given everything in search of victory.
It will be no consolation that Chelsea have now equaled Liverpool in two Wembley finals – and drawn both Premier League games – only to end up empty-handed when it comes to the four main trophies on offer this season.
Chelsea have won the Club World Cup and the UEFA Super Cup but they won’t be counted in what ended up being a disappointing season.
They had their chances again but couldn’t cash in, with Mount and Alonso crucially denied by Alisson.
Tuchel gave Romelu Lukaku a start but once again the £97.5m striker couldn’t deliver. There was no lack of effort but no spark and he was eventually replaced.
There will now be a period of rebuilding, with Antonio Rudiger at Real Madrid and captain Azpilicueta also set to leave as the club enters a new era under new ownership once Roman Abramovich’s sale of the club is complete.
Chelsea will have a place in the Champions League next season as a reward for their efforts this term but, make no mistake, it will have been a very bitter pill for Tuchel and his players to swallow.
- 14ChalobahReplaced byAzpilicuetato 105′minutes
- 6Thiago Silva
- 24jamesBooked at 77 mins
- 8KovacicReplaced byKanteto 66′minutes
- 19To go up
- tenPulisicReplaced byLoftus-cheekto 105′minutesReplaced bybarleyto 120′minutes
- 9LukakuReplaced byZiyechto 85′minutes
- 4van DijkReplaced byMatipto 90′minutes
- 26RobertsonReplaced byTsimikato 111′minutes
- 8KeitaReplaced bymilnerto 74′minutes
- 6Thiago Alcantara
- 11salahReplaced bywhoto 33′minutes
- 23DiazReplaced byFirminto 98′minutes
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Game ends, Chelsea 0(5), Liverpool 0(6).
Penalties end, Chelsea 0(5), Liverpool 0(6).
Goal! Chelsea 0(5), Liverpool 0(6). Konstantinos Tsimikas (Liverpool) converts the left footed penalty into the left corner.
Penalty saved! Mason Mount (Chelsea) fails to seize this great opportunity, right footed shot stopped in the right corner.
Goal! Chelsea 0(5), Liverpool 0(5). Diogo Jota (Liverpool) converts the right-footed penalty into the right corner.
Goal! Chelsea 0(5), Liverpool 0(4). Hakim Ziyech (Chelsea) converts the left-footed penalty into the right corner.
Penalty saved! Sadio Mané (Liverpool) fails to seize this great opportunity, right footed shot stopped in the right corner.
Goal! Chelsea 0(4), Liverpool 0(4). Jorginho (Chelsea) converts the right-footed penalty into the right corner.
Goal! Chelsea 0(3), Liverpool 0(4). Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) converts the right-footed penalty into the right corner.
Goal! Chelsea 0(3), Liverpool 0(3). Ross Barkley (Chelsea) converts the right-footed penalty into the center of the goal.
Goal! Chelsea 0(2), Liverpool 0(3). Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) converts the right-footed penalty into the left corner.
Goal ! Chelsea 0(2), Liverpool 0(2). Reece James (Chelsea) converts the penalty with the right foot in the center of the goal.
Goal! Chelsea 0(1), Liverpool 0(2). Thiago (Liverpool) converts the right-footed penalty into the left corner.
Missed Penalty! Still Chelsea 0(1), Liverpool 0(1). César Azpilicueta (Chelsea) hits the right post with a right footed shot.
Goal! Chelsea 0(1), Liverpool 0(1). James Milner (Liverpool) converts the right-footed penalty into the right corner.
Goal! Chelsea 0(1), Liverpool 0. Marcos Alonso (Chelsea) converts the penalty with a left footed shot close to the left post.
Penalties begin Chelsea 0, Liverpool 0.
Second Half Extra Time ends, Chelsea 0, Liverpool 0.
Foul by Diogo Jota (Liverpool).
Marcos Alonso (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.