How Liverpool keeper Alisson stopped Chelsea's Edouard Mendy from playing mind games in FA Cup penalty shootout

ALISSON devised a secret plot to stop Edouard Mendy from playing mind games on Liverpool’s FA Cup Final penalty takers – by hand delivering the ball to his teammates.

Jurgen Klopp’s side defeated Chelsea 6-5 in the shoot-out following a goalless draw at Wembley on Saturday.


Goalkeeper Alisson was one of the heroes as he produced a fine save to deny Mason Mount.

Kostas Tsimikas then scored to claim Liverpool’s first FA Cup for 16 years.

But it was not only Alisson’s stop from Mount that perhaps proved key for the Merseyside club.

The Brazilian prevented his opposite number Mendy from getting into the heads of his colleagues before their kicks by collecting the ball and giving it himself to his team’s takers.

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The Chelsea ‘keeper has a history of interfering during penalties when helping Senegal to beat Egypt via spot-kicks in the Africa Cup of Nations final in February.

Alisson was adamant that would not happen again, and he scooped up the ball after each Chelsea kick and walked straight to his pal to give them it.

Only Sadio Mane, Mendy’s international teammate, missed a penalty for Liverpool.

Alisson is now celebrating adding another trophy to his impressive collection since his arrival at Anfield from Roma in 2018.

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He has won the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup, EFL Cup, UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup at Anfield. 

The club had only won one trophy in 12 seasons before the goalie joined the Reds.

And he will be desperate to secure another when Liverpool face Real Madrid in the Champions League Final on Saturday 28 May.

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