Liverpool kept their hopes of winning the treble alive with a 6-5 penalty shootout win over Chelsea in the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday.
Cesar Azpilicueta missed and Mason Mount had his kick saved for Chelsea as Kostas Tsimikas scored the crucial penalty.
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The teams, who met in a second domestic cup final this season, played out an entertaining goalless draw for 120 minutes before deciding it on penalties.
It was a carbon copy of the League Cup final in February, which Liverpool won 11-10 on penalties after that match also ended scoreless.
Saturday’s victory means Liverpool remain on course for an unprecedented quadruple of trophies.
They are three points behind Manchester City in the Premier League race with two games to meet Real Madrid in the Champions League final on May 28.
“I’m really proud of my boys,” Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp told the BBC. “Chelsea were exceptional, but in the end there can only be one winner and today it was us.”
For Chelsea, it meant an unwelcome record of becoming the first team to lose three FA Cup finals in a row, having lost to Arsenal in 2020 and Leicester City last year.
Liverpool were on top early with Luis Diaz a particular threat. A through ball from Trent Alexander-Arnold put Diaz on goal in the eighth minute, but Edouard Mendy denied it before Naby Keita put the rebound wide.
Chelsea responded well to pressure from Liverpool, with Christian Pulisic closing in on 23 minutes after excellent play between Mount and Reece James on the right wing. Shortly after, Pulisic’s pass gave Marcos Alonso sight of goal, but Alisson quickly left his line to deny the Chelsea defender.
In the 33rd minute, Liverpool suffered a knock when Mohamed Salah was sent off through injury. Diogo Jota came on for him and put in a good chance just before halftime.
Chelsea got off to the quickest start after the break with Pulisic pulling a save from Alisson and Alonso hitting the crossbar with a free kick, but both sides worked hard and could only create half chances during much of the second period.
Liverpool had a golden chance to win when substitute James Milner’s cross found Andy Robertson, but he hit the post from close range.
Liverpool received another blow before extra time when Virgil van Dijk came off, apparently injured, and was replaced by Joel Matip.
Neither team managed to find a breakthrough in the extra 30 minutes, meaning penalties for the second time this season.
Mendy had kept Chelsea alive when he saved Sadio Mane’s penalty but it proved futile as Liverpool lifted the trophy for the first time since 2006.
Unfortunately for Chelsea, as in February, it was such a close yet so far case even though manager Thomas Tuchel had no regrets.
“As in the last final, the Coupe de la Ligue, no regrets. I told the team I was proud,” he told reporters. “We’ve played 240 minutes in two finals against perhaps the most dangerous attacking team in the world and it’s 0-0.”
“I was sure during the match that the momentum was on our side but unfortunately I was not right.”
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson received the cup from Prince William to roars from Liverpool fans, while the Chelsea side was largely empty.
“It’s a big moment for us, we haven’t been to this final for a while so winning was special,” Henderson said.
The win was Liverpool’s eighth in the FA Cup’s 150-year history, leveling them with Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur. Arsenal have won the most with 14.
Information from Reuters was used in this report.