Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp sends message to Chelsea after FA Cup final
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp expressed empathy after Chelsea lost another cup final through a penalty shootout on Saturday.
It was a third consecutive FA Cup final defeat for the Blues, and their second domestic cup final loss this season.
Last time, they lost to the same opponents in similar fashion in the Carabao Cup final.
Edouard Mendy’s incredible save had kept Chelsea’s hopes alive during the penalty shootout before Alisson practically decided the result with an important penalty save of his own.
Twice the two team were level in 120 minutes of the finals, and Chelsea came out losers in both occasions — even Klopp felt sorry for Thomas Tuchel’s men.
“In the penalty shootout, it was nerve-racking, my nails are gone, but I really feel for Chelsea – for the second time, 120 minutes, and you get nothing, that’s too hard,” the German told BBC Two after the game.
“But for us, I’m pretty happy.
“We are mentality monsters but there were mentality monsters in blue as well – it was one penalty.
“Chelsea played outstanding but in the end, there must be one winner and that was us today.”
Obviously, Liverpool still had the better chances in the game and arguably deserved to win based on that.
Chelsea had a few goalscoring chances themselves but could hardly trouble Alisson throughout the game.
Kai Havertz’s absence and Timo Werner’s possible fitness issue arguably played a big part as Tuchel could not really introduce the fresh legs he would have wanted.