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Liverpool players celebrate at the end of the English FA Cup final soccer match between Chelsea and Liverpool, at Wembley stadium, in London, Saturday, May 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
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Liverpool beats Chelsea to win FA Cup

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By ROB HARRIS

Add the FA Cup to the collection. Jürgen Klopp has now won every major title for Liverpool.

A 6-5 victory over Chelsea on penalties in Saturday's final produced Liverpool's first FA Cup triumph since 2006 and kept it in contention for, potentially if unlikely, a quadruple of trophies.

Just like in the League Cup final in February, the FA Cup showpiece ended 0-0 through 120 minutes before Liverpool prevailed again. This time, the Reds were helped by Chelsea midfielder Mason Mason’s penalty being saved before Konstantinos Tsimikas clinched the shootout win with his first-ever goal for the club.

“The small margins are again the difference and I cannot be more proud of my boys," said Klopp, who has emulated Alex Ferguson with Manchester United and become only the second manager to win the European Cup, Premier League, League Cup and FA Cup with the same English club.

In two weeks, Liverpool will be hoping to win the Champions League final against Real Madrid. Before then, Klopp has to hope Manchester City slips up in the final two rounds of the Premier League and Liverpool takes advantage to regain that trophy.

“That is part of the ‘mentality monsters’ as well, going to extra time and keeping the high level, performing well," Liverpool goalkeeper goalkeeper Alisson Becker said. “It gives us even more confidence to keep on going for the Premier League and also the Champions League final. This is a fantastic moment and now we just need to enjoy it.”

There was only more Wembley pain for Chelsea. Weeks of ownership turmoil for Chelsea are ending by becoming the first team to lose three consecutive FA Cup final appearances, having been beaten by Arsenal in 2020 and Leicester last year.

The final of world football's oldest competition had never gone to penalties before at Wembley. There hadn't even been a goalless final after extra time since it started being played at the national stadium in 1923.

But Liverpool's last FA Cup success in 2006 was in one of the two previous shootouts that settled the cup final that both happened in Cardiff while Wembley was being rebuilt.

Saturday's final ended with one half of the stadium shrouded in a red haze of smoke after beginning under a cloud when Liverpool fans jeered the national anthem and the introduction of Prince William.

After the ceremony to mark 150 years of the FA Cup, the 141st final was more tense than turgid, just like in the League Cup final. There were 58 shots produced by the teams without finding the net over their two games at Wembley in 2022.

One chance did come early for Liverpool with Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy saving from Luis Díaz. Then came Christian Pulisic’s shot that crept wide on a frustrating afternoon for the Chelsea forward.

The first half was punctuated by injury delays for Liverpool players.

Alisson had to be treated after his shin took a knock while blocking Marcos Alonso’s shot. The goalkeeper recovered but it wasn’t long before Mohamed Salah went down. The forward couldn’t continue due to a sore groin but he was able to walk off unaided when being replaced by Diogo Jota in the 33rd minute.

Liverpool missed the threat of the Premier League’s top scorer. Chelsea missed their chances to exploit that.

A blistering start to the second half by Chelsea saw Marcos Alonso shoot wide and send a free kick onto the crossbar around Pulisic’s effort being repelled by Alisson’s diving save.

A late flurry of Liverpool attempts couldn’t prevent the game going into extra time with the post hit by Díaz from a tight angle and Andy Robertson from close range.

And for only the second time — after Arsenal's 2005 meeting with Manchester United in Cardiff — an FA Cup final ended 0-0 after extra time.

The shootout was going Liverpool's way after captain César Azpilicueta missed Chelsea's second penalty until Sadio Mane missed a chance to win it when Senegal teammate Mendy saved his kick.

After the teams converted another round of penalties, Mount was thwarted and Tsimikas produced his biggest moment since joining Liverpool in 2020. Now Liverpool has the eighth FA Cup it has been waiting 16 years to win, and another two titles to aim for this season.

“We have to celebrate hard," Tsimikas said. “Tomorrow is another day and we still have a lot to do.”

For Chelsea's men, the season will end with no domestic titles but the FIFA Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup and prospective new owners. Since the League Cup final loss, Roman Abramovich has put Chelsea up for sale after being sanctioned by the British government over his links to Russia amid the war on Ukraine. He's agreed to a buyout by a consortium fronted by American sports investor Todd Boehly.

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Wow. Congratulations

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Very tight game.

Commiserations to Chelsea.

Tough to lose twice on penalties.

Liverpool won the jackpot when they got Klopp as manager.

Hey Sir Alex how's that perch ?

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Liverpool won the jackpot when they got Klopp as manager

Yes. Looks like he’s bought another top player in Diaz.

Thought Liverpool were the better side. Deserved the win.

Maybe time to scrap extra time?

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Awful news.

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By the skin of their teeth, not really much to be proud of but that's the way it goes, same rules apply to everybody.

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Fantastic victory! Chelsea gave more of a fight than I expected. Whether the Reds do the double, treble or Quad, this team will go down as perhaps the greatest Liverpool team of all time. They just don't do losses!

And Klopp is the best Liverpool gaffer of all time. They'd better lock him up at Anfield for 10 more years!

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Mostly rubbish game. Extra time was two shots to Chelsea and zero to Liverpool, so yes, pretty much a waste of time. They might as well have blown up at 90. Both teams had the dial set at don't lose before penalties at "9" and try to win it at "1".

That was zero goals between these two sides in six hours of finals this year. I have fond memories of the FA Cup, but they involve much more entertainment than this.

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Experienced James Milner gave a great start to the penalty kicking festivities. The rest is history. Well played Chelsea and Liverpool.

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why was Chelski wearing a yellow strip ?

would've liked to see them wear blue & yellow - in support of Ukraine

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That was a very enjoyable game to watch, surprisingly well refereed.

Luis Díaz may be the buy of the season. And Liverpool may have already sealed the buy of next season, getting Fábio Carvalho for a ridiculously low price.

It's difficult to see Man City drop any points and Real are on fire at the moment, but Reds fans should be happy enough with their lot.

Chelsea are 'in transition' as they say. They will lose a lot of players at the end of the season, but they have a decent manager. As long as the new owners don't waste money on unwise purchases - a common failing in the premiership - and support their manager instead, they should be fine. Neither club is in the mess Man U. are in.

@tooheysnew The choice of the yellow strip was apparently dictated by superstition.

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