Liverpool are into the FA Cup final for the first time in 10 years after a brilliant first half performance was enough to prevent a Manchester City comeback at Wembley Stadium in Saturday’s 3-2 semi-final victory.
Two goals for Sadio Mane and a header by Ibrahima Konate ensured a three-goal lead at the break was sufficient to see the Reds through to the final, setting up a potential clash with arch rivals, Chelsea who will face Crystal Palace tomorrow.
A quick response as soon as the first half resumed from Jack Grealish, coupled with Bernardo Silva’s injury-time strike, made the final moments of the game sensational as Pep Guardiola’s men tried to force the game into extra-time by scoring one more goal. But time was not on their side.
Since Jurgen Klopp took over, the club has amassed several titles which include, Premier League, Champions League, League Cup and FIFA Club World Cup.
But the FA Cup is the one major trophy that has eluded them since the reign of the German, with Liverpool unable to even reach the final at Wembley during their manager’s first six seasons in charge, extending their barren run back to 2012 when they lost to Chelsea.
The Merseyside outfit can dream of a first victory in football’s oldest knockout competition since 2006, when Rafa Benítez was at the helm. For the final, they may be up against Chelsea who are also hungry for silverware this season.