Liverpool may have found their next Mohamed Salah or Sadio Mané as Jürgen Klopp advice backfires

Liverpool may have found their next Mohamed Salah or Sadio Mané as Jürgen Klopp advice backfires

Liverpool have been crowned as FA Cup winners for the first time since 2006 after beating Chelsea at Wembley on penalties.

Kostas Tsimikas was the hero in the shootout with his penalty being the winner after Alisson Becker had played his part, and the likes of Thiago Alcântara and Jordan Henderson had been exceptional during the 120 minutes.

Here are the three moments Liverpool.com picked out from the Reds’ penalty shootout victory at Wembley.

The Good

When it clicks in front of goal for Luis Díaz, Liverpool could have a truly game-changing player on their hands to follow in the footsteps of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané.

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Explosive, tricky, full of South American flair and with electrifying pace, the Colombian did everything but score a goal against Chelsea in yet another top-class performance.

It does not even bear thinking about what would have happened had Liverpool not bought Díaz in the January transfer window. They would certainly not be in the position they are now.

And this season is just the start. Díaz has settled in very well at Anfield, but next season could be something altogether more special.

The Bad

“First time in my life I realise to shut up.”

Those were the words of Jürgen Klopp at full-time as he spoke in his post-match press conference, explaining that he had told Mané which way to go with his spot-kick.

Deflecting the attention away from the penalty miss from Mané, perhaps. But ultimately it did not matter. César Azpilicueta and Mason Mount both missed for Chelsea, while Mané was the only unsuccessful one in red.

The Ugly

There cannot be much that is ugly about winning your second trophy of the season and still being in contention for another two, but there were a couple of injury scares that felt worthy of this category at the time.

Thankfully, Klopp, Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk all confirmed that the vital duo should have recovered in time for the Champions League final.

Meanwhile, Andy Robertson was only taken off because he was fatigued and Fabinho, as was confirmed earlier in the week, should be back in time to travel to Paris, too.

Had the injury setbacks proven to be more severe, it would have been very ugly indeed. Instead, Liverpool can celebrate not only another piece of silverware, but also a full bill of health.

Assam Press