‘Getting frustrated’: Danny Murphy says Liverpool fans at Wembley were irritated by how good one Chelsea player was

Danny Murphey revealed how Liverpool supporters at Wembley felt towards the performance of Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy during the Carabao Cup final.

Speaking on talkSPORT, the former Reds midfielder said those in close proximity to him on Sunday were irritated by how good Mendy was throughout the match.

How good was Mendy?

The Senegal international enjoyed a truly sensation afternoon between Chelsea’s posts.

He totally justified Thomas Tuchel’s decision to drop Kepa Arrizabalaga for the second finale in a row, having also done so in the Club World Cup showpiece event.

Liverpool found their efforts repeatedly knocked back by the Africa Cup of Nations champion, thanks to a steely pair of gloves.

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His point-blank block against Sadio Mane will be remembered as one of the finest saves to grace the competition.

Mendy also insured Andy Robertson, Joel Matip and Virgil van Dijk were left cursing their luck.

Unfortunately, the soon-to-be 30-year-old ‘keeper could not continue his contribution once the clock hit the two-hour mark.

Tuchel opted to bring on Kepa just before the penalty shoot-out.

Did Tuchel make the wrong call?

Whilst his call to restore Mendy had earned great applause, throwing the other goalie into the spotlight certainly received plenty of criticism.

Kepa failed to save any of Liverpool’s 11 spot-kicks, before blazing his strike well over the bar to hand the silverware to Klopp.

Nobody for certain can confirm whether or not Mendy would’ve done much better than the Spaniard.

However, according to Murphy, those wearing red definitely enjoyed seeing his number come up on the substitutes board moments from the end of extra time.

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“People were getting frustrated with how well Mendy was playing. ‘I hope we don’t get to penalties with Mendy in goal’; that was the feeling,” he said.

“A few people said that near me, then all of sudden the sub came on and you could feel the excitement with the Liverpool fans.”

Tuchel might now look back at this change with pure regret.

Yet, as he told his players after the fixture, Chelsea cannot revisit this game in their minds with too much remorse.

They gave everything that had across two hours and were only beaten by the tiniest of margins.

Instead, the Blues need to focus on what the future holds, which could be another Champions League trophy and the FA Cup.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.