April 16, 2022 – Liverpool reached an impressive FA Cup final on Saturday night. At exactly full Wembley Stadium, they beat rivals Manchester City 2: 3. The Liverpool final now awaits the winner of a match between Chelsea and Crystal Palace.
Liverpool’s Jürgen Klopp decided to use their ability at attacking on the flanks. Among others, Virgil van Dijk took a break in the Champions League last week and was now allowed to re-launch. Following the visit of Atlético to Madrid, Josep Guardiola made the necessary changes. That was good news for Zack Steffen, Nathan Ake, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Fernandinho and Jack Grealisch. They were allowed to take off by the manager, but the start was very weak in London.
Twenty minutes later, Liverpool were already in a comfortable 0: 2 lead. Ibrahima Konaté opened the scoring early with a powerful shot and not long after Sadio Mané took advantage of Steffen’s unprecedented mistake. City’s goalkeeper waited too long before the ball hit and Mané took advantage of it by sliding the ball into the keeper’s goal. City showed a little more then, but just before half-time he was covered again. Mané took his second and 0-3 lead with a nice shot.
Guardiola would have preferred to play on, but his coach decided otherwise. 1-3 did not wait long. Gabriel Jesus sent Liverpool a defensive line into the woods and delivered the ball to Grealisch, who hit it nicely. Diligent Jesus was close to the gate twice, but Alisson Becker was great twice. In the final phase it became very exciting after Bernardo Silva 2-3. Fernandinhol and Raheem Sterling even had 3-3 shoes, but it didn’t fall.
Liverpool will face the final battle against Chelsea or Crystal Palace at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 14 May. In England, City can focus on fighting for the league title. With seven games left, Guardiola will overtake Liverpool by one point. In addition, both clubs are still in the Champions League. City will meet Real Madrid in the semi-finals and Villarreal Liverpool. The final between The Reds and The Citizens is therefore still ongoing.