Monday, May 20, 2024

Liverpool beat Man City to set up potential final with Chelsea

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.

Yusuf Mohammed
Yusuf Mohammed
Yusuf Mohammed, an experienced Nigerian journalist, writer and editor, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and International Relations from Al-Hikmah University. He cut his journalism teeth at Business Hallmark newspaper in 2013. From Business Hallmark, he moved to New Telegraph newspaper where he was an editorial staff from 2015 – 2017. In 2017, he joined The Next Edition as a pioneer staff and helped to take it to the summit of online platforms. He had a second spell at Business Hallmark in 2019 before establishing The Columnist Ng, a platform dedicated to publishing articles of renowned Nigerian writers. Mohammed's writings have been published in several Nigerian newspapers and magazines such as Daily Trust, Premium Times, The Cable and Newswatch. His tribute to the late football great, Diego Maradona was published in three magazines, including Air Peace in-flight Magazine in 2020.


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