Liverpool clinch second 21/22 trophy

FA Cup

Liverpool secured their second trophy of the 2021/22 season after claiming the Emirates FA Cup with a penalty shoot-out win over Chelsea on Saturday evening.

There was only one change from the Blues' line-up that beat Leeds United, as Thiago Silva came in while Andrew Robertson, Ibrahima Konate and Thiago Alcantara returned for the Reds.

Chelsea should’ve made the breakthrough midway in the first half when a cutback right of the byline from Mason Mount found Christian Pulisic, who steered his first-time strike wide of the upright.

The Reds were dealt a blow in the latter stages of the opening period as an injury forced Mohamed Salah to leave the field. He was replaced by Diogo Jota.

It was almost the perfect change a minute before the break after Jota volleyed a ball from the left of the area by Robertson wide of target.

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Chelsea were out flying in the second half and launched a host of attempts at Alisson Becker none more a curling free-kick from Marcos Alonso that clipped off the woodwork.

The Reds began to find confidence following an indifferent spell and were presented an opening over 60 minutes played when Jota slammed a pass from Naby Keita wide of the bottom-corner.

In the matter of seconds, Liverpool were denied the winner when Luis Diaz cut in out right to hit the post before Jota slammed the upright too with a first-time volley off a cross.

Another substitution due to injury was needed from the Reds before the start of extra-time, which had Virgil Van Dijk removed for Joel Matip.

The opener continued to elude the two outfits during the additional phase of the match, and a penalty shoot-out followed. Chelsea missed two spot-kicks in the shoot-out through Cesar Azpilicueta and Mount, which saw Konstantinos Tsimikas net the winning penalty to give the Reds victory and the crown.

Confirmed line-ups:

Chelsea: Mendy, Chalobah, Silva, Rudiger, James, Kovacic, Jorginho, Alonso, Mount, Pulisic, Lukaku

Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Thiago, Keita, Diaz, Salah, Mane

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