Liverpool hero Alisson had genius penalty trick to help teammates beat Chelsea

Kostas Tsimikas scored the winning penalty in the FA Cup final to keep Liverpool's quadruple hopes alive – but it was an opportunity made possible by Alisson.

The Brazil international made a strong save to his left to keep out Mason Mount's sudden-death effort as the Reds edged another penalty shootout victory over Chelsea at Wembley. It proved to be a repeat of this season's Carabao Cup final, with another entertaining contest ending goalless over 120 minutes.

Last time out, Kepa proved to be the villain as the Blues goalkeeper skied his effort following 21 successful spot-kicks. It proved to be a shorter shoot-out this time around, with Edouard Mendy denying fellow Senegal international Sadio Mane after Cesar Azpilicueta saw his effort bounce wide off the post.

Fans watching at home were quick to comment on Alisson's role in the shootout beyond his save, with the goalkeeper providing a calming influence to his team-mates as they made the nervy walk to the area. Chelsea went first, and the Liverpool goalkeeper would collect the ball and hand it directly to the next taker along with words of encouragement.

Some even claimed that Alisson did this to limit the impact of mind games from his opposite number Edouard Mendy in Chelsea's goal. The Senegal stopper put several Egypt players off before successfully helping his country with this season's Africa Cup of Nations.

Reflecting on the FA Cup triumph, Alisson told BBC Sport: "It's amazing, we did such a good performance. It was a shame we didn't score. It was a proper fight, we kept a clean sheet, and then afterwards the boys were unbelievable scoring the goals. I just had to save the last one.

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"I am so happy. Myself and also Mendy did amazing saves. I couldn't have done the saves without the help of the team. They work well and make it easier for me."

Chelsea have now lost three successive FA Cup finals, and once again were edged out in a shootout by Jurgen Klopp's side. Mount proved to be the unlucky taker to see his shot saved, and Alisson paid tribute to Liverpool's coaching staff for their role in his penalty 'decisions'.

The goalkeeper added: "It was good hey? All goalkeeper coaches they help me with the decisions. They are fantastic players, Chelsea did really well but we deserved to win this. I only make the save because we deserved to win this.

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