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Chelsea’s slow start had him ticking from the off and within 15 minutes Romelu Lukaku found himself in the role of the misfiring Austin 1100 Countryman being given a damn good verbal thrashing from the touchline. For his part Klopp spent most of the first half with his hands in his tracksuit pockets, a reflection of his contentment at his side’s dominance and the success of his ball-over-the-top to Luis Diaz tactic.
He was even relaxed enough to laugh out loud when Ibrahima Konate fired a ludicrous shot well over the Chelsea bar. But as Chelsea emerged from their chrysalis after the break, Klopp grew more animated as his men spurned chances and the game went into extra time, falling to his knees at one point as Sadio Mane went down under Antonio Rudiger’s challenge to beg for a free-kick that never came.
In the end, inevitably, it came down to penalties and as Mane had his spot-kick to win it saved, it was Tuchel’s turn to drop to his knees this time in grateful thanks. It was not to be though for Tuchel as Liverpool – and Klopp, who ran half the length of the pitch to embrace his goalkeeper at the end, prevailed again.