Jürgen Klopp said it was “a real pleasure” to be part of the Liverpool quest three times and stressed that there is more to come from his two-time winning team after winning the FA Cup for 16 years.
Liverpool have secured their second trophy of the season with a penalty shootout victory over Chelsea at Wembley. As in the Carabao Cup final, both sides played 120 minutes without a goal before Alisson escaped from Mason Mount enabling Liverpool left-back Kostas Tsimikas to make himself a hero with a winning streak. Liverpool could still win the Premier League and Champions League this season and Klopp said the appearance of his players was what led to the shocking dismissal.
“It’s great to have this team right now,” said the Liverpool manager. “There is more to come and more to play. Tonight I decided to just enjoy this moment without worrying about the other challenges. It’s really special. We don’t stop here, we just take time to enjoy this for a few minutes. that we can go again as we did this year.
“It’s all because of the character of these players. That’s the only reason. I can say as much as I would like, but if these guys are weak or weak then you have no chance of competing against City in a league like this.
“We saw the game before it happened which means people because our hotel is in the middle and they had parties from this morning. To get out of this country. It’s great. It’s game No. 60 in the toughest season and the best performance.
“Penalty shooting is a lottery game but we did it again. We work with a company called neuro11 – one of them a professional shooting range – and the competition is theirs as the Carabao Cup. Sadio pa [Mané’s] the penalty was 50% of my liability. I told him that the yoke [Édouard Mendy] they know you, so go the other way. Not the first time in my life I realized that I needed to keep quiet. But that means the world. “
Liverpool’s two key players, Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk, have been ruled out with groin and knee problems, although Klopp has confirmed they have all been ruled out as a defense and are hoping to return this season.
He explained: “We had to change Mo quickly, and that was my decision. He heard something, he said he could continue, but he often did not do well in the game. Virg heard something, too. It was clear he had to leave after 90 minutes but being able to bring in Diogo Jota and Joël Matip was the best situation I had ever had as a coach. I’ve talked to both of them [Salah and Van Dijk] and all is well. Not a big deal. All will be well but we must see. “
Chelsea, by contrast, set a new and unnecessary record of their FA Cup final three consecutive defeats. Thomas Tuchel insisted he did not regret the way his team did at Wembley, when Timo Werner suffered a hamstring injury in preparation and Kai Havertz was not available due to injury.
The Chelsea boss said: “As in the Carabao Cup we have no regrets. I told the team I was proud. We were competitive and we made life difficult for Liverpool. We fought for the first 15 minutes but we did well in every game against the most dangerous team in the world. “We lost the penalties. We are sad but immediately proud. I was convinced we would win and in this game. Unfortunately, I was not good.”
Tuchel featured Ruben Loftus-Cheek in extra time as a forward to replace midfielders within 14 minutes. “It was just a penalty,” the boss confirmed. “Ruben does not have a good record of penalties and Ross [Barkley] he has it. ”