Wembley Stadium, London (CNN)There is thing astir this Liverpool team.
For each their qualities -- the aggravated pressing, the antiaircraft solidity, the whirlwind attacks -- possibly their finest is simply a consciousness of play connected occasions specified arsenic these.
Just arsenic successful the League Cup last earlier this twelvemonth astatine Wembley, Jurgen Klopp's men needed penalties to spot disconnected Chelsea and assistance immoderate silverware astatine the aforesaid stadium.
As improbable arsenic it is that the Reds volition go the archetypal English squad to triumph each 3 home competitions and the European Cup, the quadruple is inactive imaginable acknowledgment to this FA Cup win.
Two trophies successful the furniture this season, country being kept for 2 more. It is wherefore Liverpool fans are inactive dreaming. History could inactive beryllium made.
Just arsenic successful the League Cup final, a scoreless 120 minutes belied the prime of the match. Chances were created, extremity posts were rattled, but possibly it was fitting that connected the 150th day of football's oldest cupful contention the last was decided successful the astir theatrical of ways arsenic Liverpool edged Chelsea connected penalties.
Even an juncture arsenic accepted arsenic this -- a marching set earlier kick-off, Royalty presenting the trophy -- recognises satellite events.
Like galore a expansive sporting occasion, governmental statements were made. First, Liverpool fans booed the English nationalist anthem, past captains and officials stood with the Ukrainian emblem which had the words 'PEACE' emblazoned successful achromatic superior letters and, conscionable earlier this oldest of competitions got underway, the players took the knee.
The lucifer was conscionable minutes aged erstwhile Liverpool got its archetypal chance. In truth, the men successful reddish should person scored astatine slightest once, specified was their domination of the archetypal 15 minutes, but Thiago, Luis Diaz, Mo Salah and Sadio Mane floundered successful beforehand of goal.
Though Chelsea played 2nd fiddle for astir of the archetypal half, arguably the Londoners had the champion accidental of that play with a world-class prevention from Liverpool's Alisson -- a dive debased to the feet of Marcos Alonso -- preventing them from going ahead.
The aboriginal exit of Salah, Liverpool's starring scorer, done wounded added to Liverpool's accrued consciousness of anxiousness arsenic the fractional progressed but, adjacent without the Egyptian, the Reds were capable to reassert their dominance earlier the break.
Indeed, Salah's replacement Diogo Jota should person enactment Jurgen Klopp's men up conscionable earlier the break.
Just arsenic Liverpool had successful the archetypal half, Chelsea made a agleam commencement successful the second. Again, Alonso was denied from getting connected the scoresheet, this clip by the crossbar arsenic his menacing free-kick deed the woodwork.
Two of English football's finest teams were going toe-to-toe and determination were chances aplenty: Jota, Diaz and Andy Robertson for Liverpool; Christian Pulisic (twice) for Chelsea.
It was breathless. It was entertaining. It made for a superb ambiance arsenic some sets of fans raised the decibels connected a beauteous London summer's evening.
All that was missing was a goal. The minutes went by, substitutes came on, mistakes crept into the play of bushed legs, yet nary 1 could find the net.
Diaz looked skywards arsenic the awesome Edouard Mendy stopped different accidental of his, this 1 successful the 82nd minute, and his motion reflected the feelings of each fans watching: volition either goalkeeper ever beryllium beaten?
Andy Robertson deed the station with 7 minutes to go. Diaz again took aim. But arsenic the full-time whistle went the match, for each the chances, for each the entertainment, remained scoreless.
Inevitably, the vigor dropped successful other time, fewer chances were created, arsenic penalties loomed ample connected the horizon.
Chelsea missed its 2nd punishment (Cesar Azipliueta), Liverpool its 5th (Sadio Mane). There was a consciousness of déjà vu arsenic the archetypal 10 penalties could not determine the result -- the League Cup last ended 11-10 connected penalties with the goalkeepers needing to measurement up -- but Alisson Becker saved Mason Mount's spot kick, which gave Kostas Tsimikas the accidental to go the improbable hero.
The Greece planetary is not a regular starter for Liverpool, but coolly slotted location to spark joyous celebrations from those successful red.
Liverpool's players engulfed Tsimikas, manager Jurgen Klopp sprinted from the dugout towards his men and the fans acceptable disconnected flares to saturate the aerial with a tint of red.
The club's anthem 'You'll Never Walk Alone' echoed astir the stadium arsenic Liverpool fans serenaded a squad which has fixed them a archetypal FA Cup triumph astatine Wembley successful 30 years.
Such is the calibre of this Liverpool side, however, celebrations volition person to beryllium short-lived arsenic determination are different challenges connected the skyline -- a Champions League last astatine the extremity of the month, and 2 Premier League matches successful which to effort to overhaul Manchester City's 3 constituent vantage astatine the apical of the league.