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Liverpool v Chelsea player ratings: Luis Diaz is a constant threat with Trent Alexander-Arnold at influential top tier

It ended scoreless after 90 minutes at Wembley, although Liverpool feel they should have won it in normal times. Luis Diaz has come close on countless occasions, while Andy Robertson has missed a few massive chances for the Reds.

There were very few clear chances in extra time, as for the second time in a cup final between these two teams this season the penalty shoot-out was called.

Sadio Mane had a chance to win the shootout but was denied by his Senegalese teammate Edouard Mendy. Alisson made a sensational save to avoid Mason Mount’s penalty, setting the stage for Tsimikas to step in and send in his spot kick to keep the quadruple dream alive.

Alison 8

Quickly off his line to deny Marcos Alonso when he was called off in the first half, taking a knock in the process, and had to make a fairly comfortable save to deny Christian Pulisic’s strike just after the break. Superb save in the shootout to deny Mason Mount and send his team on their way to victory.

Trent Alexandre-Arnold 8

Influencing at his best, although it did see Alonso fall behind a few times. Unlucky not to have a few assists, having played some stunning balls to provide brilliant chances for Luis Diaz and Andy Robertson, which neither could seize. Sliding challenge crucial to keep Pulisic from getting shot too. Rolled his penalty into the bottom corner superbly.

Ibrahima Konate 7

Rarely called into action, with his defensive partner doing most of the work when it came to dealing with Romelu Lukaku. On the occasions he was challenged one-on-one, he was more than up to the task.

Virgil van Dijk 7

Strong in the first half when Lukaku tried to pin him down and kept the Chelsea striker in check overall. His positioning has been perfect on more than one occasion, whether closing a run behind or clearing a cross into the box.

Andy Robertson 6

Well backed Luis Diaz on the left wing but missed two massive chances for his side, messing up a header early in the second half before hammering an effort at the post from close range late. I really should have scored both.

Jordan Henderson 7

The deepest of the three midfielders in Fabinho’s absence, and did the job impressively. Barely noticeable for much of the game, which is a compliment for someone playing this role.

Thiago 7

As comfortable as ever in possession of a few fine films, if not quite at its best. Looked increasingly tired as the match progressed, perhaps feeling the impact of a heavy challenge from Reece James. Cool penalty, with carpentry help.

Naby Keita 6

Sent a tame shot straight at Edouard Mendy and didn’t have much of an impact on the game. Was often the Reds’ most advanced midfielder, but his end product was lacking overall.

Mohammad Salah 5

Hardly touched that an injury ended his afternoon with 33 minutes on the clock. Liverpool are desperately hoping it’s not serious enough to cast doubt on their appearance in the Champions League final.

Sadio mane 6

Played in the middle and fell deep to pick up the ball and launch attacks. Played some nice passes to teammates, but barely felt the goal itself. An incredibly weak penalty was saved by Mendy.

Luis Diaz 9

Caused huge problems for Trevoh Chalobah in the opening minutes – could have scored a few and set up two more with just 15 minutes on the clock. Was a constant threat throughout, hitting the post from a tight angle and sending a number of other shots from close range. Chelsea were incredibly relieved to see him substituted at the start of extra time.

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Diogo Jota (Salah 33′) 6

Big opportunity to put Liverpool in front just before the break he sent over the bar, before shooting wide in the second half. Had little involvement beyond that, although it was a nice penalty under pressure in the shootout.

James Milner (Keita 74′) 7

A wonderful cross seemingly put an FA Cup final winner on a plate for Robertson, who found the post in his way. It would be fair to describe just about everything he did as “no frills”. Pretty much cancel his penalty.

Joel Matip (Van Dijk 90′) 7

Called into action shortly after coming on to stop a dangerous Chelsea counter as Pulisic took a heavy throw-in, before dealing well with Hakim Ziyech in a composed display.

Roberto Firmino (Diaz 98′) 5

Barely touched in 22 minutes on the pitch, in his first appearance since appearing on the bench in the semi-final win over Manchester City. Did what was asked of him in the shooting.

Kostas Tsimikas (Robertson 111′) 10

Scored the penalty to win the FA Cup for his side. What more can you say?

Unused: Kelleher, Gomez, Jones, Origi


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