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Is Mason Mount cursed? 10 stats you might have missed from Liverpool’s FA Cup win

By Muhammad Butt

Published: 21:33, 14 May 2022

After a gruelling 120 minutes of football, Liverpool beat Chelsea 6-5 on penalties to win the 2022 FA Cup.

The win was Liverpool’s first for 16 years and goes with the EFL Cup won earlier this year (also against Chelsea on penalties) to keep Liverpool’s Quadruple dream alive heading into the last three games of the season.

The match itself wasn’t exactly high on drama but was nonetheless gripping in the extreme. While all the attention will understandably be on Alisson, Mason Mount and Kostas Tsimikas, here are 10 stats you may have missed from the final:

1. Historic domestic cup double brings good omens

With Liverpool chasing the Quadruple (or at the least a cup treble) it will make Reds fans feel very good that they are the first club in English history to do a domestic cup double twice, and the last time they did that, back in 2001, they also went on to win the UEFA Cup.

The Champions League final is in two weeks…

2. Chelsea’s FA Cup woe

While Liverpool fans celebrate, Chelsea fans will be forced to lament that they have now lost three consecutive FA Cup finals appearances. That’s the second time that has happened, but the first time it’s happened three years in a row.

3. Is Mason Mount cursed?

While Chelsea will feel sad as a club, imagine how Mason Mount feels as an individual? The Englishman has now lost six finals at Wembley for club and country. That inspiring Wembley arch means nothing but misery for poor Mason! Could he be cursed?

4. Liverpool out-shooting Chelsea

In all their history together, Liverpool have faced Chelsea in four competitive penalty shoot-outs in four different competitions and the Reds have won every single one.

5. Klopp the trophy machine

Jurgen Klopp’s excellence at Liverpool is obviously unquestionable, but it’s not just footballing excellence he’s delivered it’s trophies too. He’s now the first Liverpool manager to win the English top-flight title, FA Cup, League Cup and European cup.

6. Klopp equals Sir Alex

What’s more, Klopp’s trophy-winning totality is historic beyond the halls of Anfield. Klopp is just the second-ever manager to win all four of the major trophies available to a manager of an English side with the same English side. The manager and club he’s equalled? Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United. Two kings.

7. Silva and Sir Stanley

Thiago Silva started in the FA Cup final, performing very well for the whole match. What makes that even more impressive is that at 37 years of age he’s the oldest outfield player to do so since Sir Stanley Matthews started the 1953 final aged 38.

8. Goalkeeping genius

Before today, only one goalkeeper had kept a clean sheet in the final of both the European Cup and the FA Cup and that was Liverpool’s Ray Clemence. After today’s final, that list now numbers three as Alisson and Edouard Mendy both kept clean sheets to go with the ones they kept in the 2019 and 2021 Champions League finals.

9. Alisson The Impassable

Alisson was man of the match in the final against Chelsea and it was his massive save that set the stage for Kostas Tsimikas to win the penalty shoot-out. Alisson’s clean sheet wasn’t his first in a final, however. The Big Brazilian has now kept clean sheets in a Champions League final, FA Cup final and Club World Cup final. He’s also won the Golden Gloves in the Premier League and the Copa America and been award as The Best Goalkeeper as well.

He’s just impassable.

10. Jordan Henderson and the Captaincy Clean Sweep

Liverpool have seen some absolutely legendary captains over the years who have won countless trophies, but none of them have won a clean sweep of all the major honours as skipper. Well, none of them except for Jordan Henderson.

Emlyn Hughes, Alan Hansen, Steven Gerrard… eat your heart out! Henderson, who has been Liverpool captain since 2015, has won the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup, League Cup, UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup as skipper.