Klopp Equals Alex Ferguson’s Record After Liverpool’s FA Cup Final Win

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Jurgen Klopp has equaled the record set by legendary Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, after Liverpool edged Chelsea in the final of the FA Cup on Saturday.

Following a goalless affair in 120 minutes of football, Liverpool beat Chelsea 6-5 on penalty shootout to land a first FA Cup title since 2006.

Greek defender Konstantinos Tsimikas converted the decisive kick in sudden-death to inflict a third consecutive FA Cup final loss on Chelsea.

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It is Liverpool’s eight FA Cup title in their history and their second title of the season, after initially winning the League Cup courtesy another penalty win against Chelsea.

And according to OptaJoe, Reds boss Klopp has become only the second manager to win the European Cup/Champions League, FA Cup, League Cup and the English top-flight title all with the same English club, along with Ferguson.

Klopp can go on to achieve the biggest feat in English football by securing the quadruple if his side win the Premier League and the Champions League.

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Liverpool trail Manchester City by three points in the race for the Premier League title and will face Real Madrid in the final of the Champions League.

Klopp spent most of his playing career at Mainz 05. He was initially deployed as a striker, but was later moved to defence. Upon retiring in 2001, Klopp became the club’s manager, and secured Bundesliga promotion in 2004.

After suffering relegation in the 2006–07 season and unable to achieve promotion, Klopp resigned in 2008 as the club’s longest-serving manager.

He then became manager of Borussia Dortmund, guiding them to the Bundesliga title in 2010–11, before winning Dortmund’s first-ever domestic double during a record-breaking season.

Klopp also guided Dortmund to a runner-up finish in the 2012–13 UEFA Champions League before leaving in 2015 as their longest-serving manager.

Klopp was appointed manager of Liverpool in 2015. He guided the club to successive UEFA Champions League finals in 2018 and 2019, winning the latter to secure his first – and Liverpool’s sixth – title in the competition.

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His side finished second in the 2018–19 Premier League, registering 97 points; the then third-highest total in the history of the English top division, and the most by a team without winning the title.

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