Chelsea knocks Liverpool FC senseless out of the FA Cup with two goals to nil win and crushes their dream of an unbeaten season — Liverpool Manager Jürgen Klopp doesn’t seem at all disturbed by the defeat.
Goals by Ross Barkley and Willian gave vibrant Chelsea the chance to knock Liverpool out of the Football Association challenge cup (FA Cup) with a 2-0 victory, which sends them through to the FA Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday (AEDT). These few days have been indeed torrid for Liverpool. In the Premier League, Liverpool FC managed to keep up an impressive 44-match unbeaten streak that ended rather nicely on Sunday (AEDT) with a smashing 3-0 defeat at Watford, and they also rocked again at Stanford Bridge.
Liverpool goalkeeper Adrián San Miguel del Castillo, who stepped In for the rested Alison Ramses Becker, was enduring a horrible moment after allowing that powerful shot in the 13th minute from Chelsea winger Willian Borges da Silva to bounce right off him and straight into the net. And just when Liverpool FC thought it would not get any worse, former Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, just past the hour mark, sealed the defeat with Chelsea’s second goal after a surging run.
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard was delighted, and the eight-time winners thoroughly deserved the win. Excited Frank Lampard said, “They are the best team in the land. This year what they are doing in the league is incredible,” Lampard said.
He also added, “So for us to put in the effort, focus, determination, and quality was something special tonight. It’s a one-off, I know, but you have to celebrate these moments.”
Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp had made seven changes after the team’s 44-match unbeaten streak crashed and burned at Watford, starting with Sadio Mane, Andy Robertson, Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk, and Fabinho. Jürgen Klopp was expecting an immediate response to the shocker at Watford, which would have got if Sadio Mane did not fail to capitalize on a golden opportunity every time.
Liverpool’s goalkeeper Adrián’s epic save from Willian made him a hero in the frenetic opening, but seconds later, the dark clouds came to get him. Once again, Willian let fly a thunderbolt after Liverpool midfielder Fábio Henrique Tavaras also known as Fabinho was caught in possession. However, the powerful shot moved straight past him and into the rear end of the net.
On the other hand, Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga who was dropped in January, made his first appearance with an incredible triple save before half-time. He started by blocking Sadio Mane’s close-range effort and then kept out Divock Origi’s follow up attempts as well as teenager Curtis Jones. Liverpool lost its touch in the second half, and then the game was as good as over when Ross Barkley burst forward and fired a goal past Adrián.
From a statement Jürgen Klopp made, it would seem he was not worried at all about the outcome, here is what he said after the game, “We deserved to lose because they scored twice and we made massive mistakes for both goals,” Klopp said. “Nobody has to feel sorry for us, we will win football games, and that is what we want to do on Saturday.” He also stated in Liverpool’s period, “It went our way for so long because we defended outstandingly.” “Usually, you don’t get a lot of chances against us. Now, we have to admit that in the last three or four games, we have conceded too many goals.”. Jürgen Klopp urged that he is not at all disturbed following their loss of energy during his interview after the game.
Results from other fixtures
Sheffield United FC and Newcastle United FC also advanced to the quarter-finals after defeating West Bromwich Albion 3-2 and Reading FC, respectively. Valentino Lazaro put the Magpies in command at 3-0 after his one second-half strike and two remarkable goals from Miguel Almiron.
Steve Bruce managed to use his side quite nicely to hold off a late fightback, which led to West Brom scoring through Kenneth Zohore and Matt Phillips but unfortunately could not get a third to push for extra time. Billy Sharp also sealed Sheffield United FC 2 goals to 1 win by scoring in extra time
Sheffield United FC had also led through David McGoldrick from the second minute up until Romanian George Puscas graded from the penalty spot right before half time.