Chelsea player ratings
Mateo Kovacic 7
Such a big-game mentality player and that was needed, particularly in the first half, when Liverpool were on top. Constantly showed for the ball and won possession at key times. Remarkable he lasted more than an hour with an ankle injury.
Played a huge part in wrestling Chelsea back into the game. His calm head was crucial to keeping his teammates focused in the eye of the storm.
Marcos Alonso 8
Could have had a hat-trick. Really troubled Liverpool by playing so high up. Forced one save, hit the bar and put another chance just wide.
Berets at the ready!
Roberto Firmino already turning his attention to the Champions League final!
Two weeks today, Liverpool face Real Madrid in Paris, looking for revenge after the 3-1 defeat to the Spanish side in 2018.
Promises to be an incredible encounter.
Liverpool didn’t have a single shot in extra-time, with both sides looking incredibly tired.
Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk forced off, Andy Robertson replaced late on – playing the maximum amount of games is maybe catching up with Liverpool.
Just three to go though – history still there to be made.
‘Mentality monsters’ at it again
Jurgen Klopp has hailed his side’s character as they once again stepped up on the biggest stage to keep their quadruple dream alive.
“Outstanding, it was an incredible, intense game against Chelsea – they would have deserved it exactly the same way, like in the Carabao Cup. That’s how small the margins are,” Klopp said.
“I couldn’t be more proud of my boys, the shift they put in, how hard they fought, the early changes. All of these things, missing good chances, overcoming good moments from Chelsea, then having really good moments ourselves.
“Then in the penalty shootout, it was nerve-racking, my nails are gone but I really feel for Chelsea. For the second time, 120 minutes and you get nothing, that’s too hard. But for us I’m pretty happy.
“We are mentality monsters but there were mentality monsters in blue as well – it was one penalty. Chelsea played outstanding but in the end there must be one winner and that was us today.”
Alisson on that Mount save
“It was good, hey? The goalkeeping coaches, they help me with the decisions. They are fantastic players, Chelsea did really well but we deserved to win this. I only made the save because we deserved to win this.
“This gives us more confidence in the Premier League and also the Champions League final. It’s a fantastic moment, now we just need to enjoy it.”
Alisson reacts to shootout triumph…
“It’s amazing, such a good performance. It was a shame we didn’t score.
“It was a proper fight, we kept a clean sheet, and then afterwards the boys were unbelievable scoring the goals. I just had to save the last one.
“I am so happy. Myself and also Mendy made amazing saves. I couldn’t have made the saves without the help of the team. They work well and make it easier for me.”
Van Dijk gives update on injury…
“We’re going to check it out. I felt in the first half when I sprinted, I felt a twinge behind my knee, I played on.
“In the end, I can’t risk it for the team and I need to trust Joel. Hopefully it will be fine.”
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Publish date : 2022-05-14 19:26:58