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Sad, uncomfortable but correct decision behind Liverpool's last FA Cup final vs Chelsea

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Liverpool's 2012 League Cup win over Cardiff City at Wembley - a scraped success courtesy of a penalty shootout - occupies something of a strange outpost in the club's recent history.

Their FA Cup final opponents Chelsea were the epitome of a club who achieved success by not being afraid to make bold changes, and they arrived into the Wembley final two months into the reign of their own club legend, Roberto Di Matteo, who had just guided them to the Champions League final.

It came six years after Rafa Benitez's FA Cup, which in itself was just a year after Istanbul and still close enough to Gerard Houllier's successes to feel like it was a part of something.

Brendan Rodgers was to come and lay the foundations for Klopp, and the German now enters Liverpool's first FA Cup final in a decade absolutely certain of his position at the club and of Liverpool's among the elite.

But he had that League Cup, and he was 90 minutes away from the FA Cup.

Yet it also would go on to represent the last trophy for seven years, until Jurgen Klopp overcame three final defeats to finally get his hands on the Champions League in Madrid in 2019.

Less than three months after that League Cup win came another trip to Wembley, the result of an FA Cup run which had seen Oldham, Manchester United, Brighton, Stoke and Everton all beaten en route, the latter also at the national stadium as Merseyside invaded London for the weekend.
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