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Liverpool win the FA Cup 2022

Liverpool win the FA Cup 2022

Liverpool win the FA Cup 2022

Terrible goalkeeper error crushes City as Liverpool win FA Cup
Liverpool kept their anger out when the Reds broke up with Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-final - with a little help from the goalkeeper.

first half

Jurgen Klopp hailed one of Liverpool's 'best performances ever' as the quadruple racers reached the FA Cup Final with a 'special' 3-2 victory over Manchester City on Sunday morning (AEST).

Klopp's side kept their bid to win all four major titles in one season thanks to Ibrahima Konate's opener and Sadio Mane brace at Wembley.

Liverpool took a three-goal lead in the first half as they ripped City apart with a sparkling performance that Klopp ranked among the best of his reign.

City responded with second-half goals from Jack Grealish and Bernardo Silva, but it was not enough to prevent the Reds from reaching the FA Cup final since 2012.

"So proud, unbelievable. The first half was one of the best we've ever played. We did all the right things, we scored in the right moments. We were fantastic," Klopp said.

Second half

“The second half started with a goal for Man City and then opened. The quality of the city is crazy.

"We respect City a lot and it is difficult to win against them. But because we have these boys in our dressing room we have a chance."

Conte headed Liverpool up front before Mane was penalized for a foul by City goalkeeper Zach Stephen, who tried to dribble the ball rather than clear it after receiving a back pass.

The Senegalese striker scored again before the break, and second-half attacks from Jack Grealish and Bernardo Silva were not enough for City.

He is one point ahead of Klopp's men at the top of the Premier League with seven games remaining.

They shared a vibrant 2-2 draw at Manchester in the league last weekend, and they could still meet in the Champions League final.

Asked if their success in the FA Cup semi-final could be a springboard for City to win the Premier League and the Champions League, Klopp said: "This is not a statement, we are only in the final.

"I think City knew in advance that it could be difficult for us, that's how it was between us most of the time."

As Liverpool move one step closer to the immortality of football, Klopp insists that the match jam caused by their progression to another final will make achieving the quartet even more difficult.

“Quadruple Talk I don’t believe it. Qualifying for this final makes the quadruple even more difficult,” he said.

“I don't think we have a whole free week before the last game. But we beat the strongest team in the world and this is a very special moment.”

Liverpool have no respite in chasing the cup as they host Manchester United on Tuesday.

"In three days we play against United, who are fighting for a place in the Champions League. Historically it is not a friendly match," he said.

"Then we play with Everton, with the situation they are in it won't be a friendly match. It (the quartet) is incredibly unlikely but let's go for it."

Pep Guardiola's decision to field a weak squad will be secondary, but the City boss is adamant he was right to leave Kevin De Bruyne on the bench after the Belgian needed stitches to the foot.

With City winning treble, Guardiola must quickly revive his tired players if they are to beat Liverpool in the Premier League and beat Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals.

“I have great confidence in the players and the choice. We have had a tough time in terms of fixtures and travel. That is why we need new legs,” he said.

"The first half we were very passive. We were afraid to support our teammates. In the second half we showed incredible pride when you talk about fatigue. We had chances for extra time.

"We tried to put energy into the players, but it happens sometimes. It's Liverpool."

Guardiola refused to blame Stephen for City's defeat as the American goalkeeper's mistake led to Mane's second goal for Liverpool.

"It was an accident. Ederson was close (who did it) in the other game. The way we use goalkeepers, the way we move, I would say averages, it can happen," he said.

"We have four days until the next match (against Brighton). We have to recover well in the two competitions we are in."