Paul Tomkins, Andrew Beasley, Daniel Rhodes, Chris Rowland and other TTT regulars will give their thoughts for 24 hours after the game, and we’ll have the post-match stats too.
Now that tastes sweet!
The domestic cups definitely don’t mean what they used to, but they can still mean a lot if they’re hard-won.
To win both in the same season is some achievement, especially when backed by a league campaign with so many wins (and the chance of 90+ points), and more tellingly, a run to the Champions League final, with the chance to get one over on Real Madrid.
Beating Man City in the semi-final and Chelsea in the final means it has value beyond an easier route; just as beating Arsenal and Chelsea in the League Cup added prestige. The earlier rounds were against weaker sides, but Jürgen Klopp often fielded the kids anyway.
I don’t think Liverpool played particularly well with the ball this evening, with lots of floaty crosses to no-one and too many touches before playing the final pass; trying too hard, to be too careful, and losing the opening. But this team ran and battled, having started without Fabinho and then lost Mo Salah and Virgil van Dijk before extra-time.
Almost all of the penalty-takers were missing by the time of the shootout, but Kostas “The Greek Lad” Tsimikas kept his cool (after a belter from Diogo Jota), while Alisson produced a huge save from Mason Mount, after some big saves during the 120 minutes.
That César Azpilicueta also missed just made it all the sweeter, as he seems to be the most “butter wouldn’t melt” shithouse in football.
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