Chelsea v Liverpool: The Emirates FA Cup Final


'Why so far?': Kostas Tsimikas shares his words to Jurgen Klopp before scoring winning penalty for Liverpool

Kostas Tsimikas shared his brief conversation with Jurgen Klopp before scoring the winning penalty for Liverpool in the FA Cup final. The Greek Scouser had his moment.

Liverpool have their first FA Cup in 16 years and, of course, they have their backup left-back to thank. Kostas Tsimikas stepped up to score the winning penalty, just as everyone predicted.

Tsimikas, who came on as a substitute for Andy Robertson in the second half of extra-time, now has his glorious Liverpool moment. This is one to remember forever as he delivered the Reds’ second trophy of the season – and completed Jurgen Klopp’s set.

This was a tough fight, though. Liverpool played out 120 gruelling minutes against Chelsea where both sides had their chances to win it. Somehow – and much like the EFL Cup final earlier this season – no one found the net. We went all the way to penalties again.

Sadio Mané had the chance to win it for Liverpool with the Reds’ fifth but couldn’t take the opportunity. A brilliant save from the magnificent Alisson handed Tsimikas his own shot at glory, though.

He took it perfectly with an expertly-driven penalty into the corner. But why did he step up for number seven?

“The manager asked me which number I want,” Tsimikas told the BBC. “I said number seven.

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“He said, ‘Why so far?’ I said, ‘I want number seven.’

“Number seven gave me the opportunity to win the game, I chose the right side and I scored – very, very happy for that.”

Kostas Tsimikas scores winning penalty

Tsimikas essentially demanded the penalty, then. It sounds as though Klopp was a little surprised that his left-back didn’t want to take one sooner, though – he clearly had faith in his abilities.

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And that was certainly on show with that fantastic finish to win the cup. Perhaps Tsimikas just knew it would come down to no.7, perhaps it was written in the stars for him.

Either way, thank God he saw it that way. Liverpool have the cup and Tsimikas has his moment in history.

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