Liverpool wins FA Cup final after beating Chelsea in nerve-racking penalty shootout

    Jordan Henderson lifts the FA Cup after Liverpool's shootout win over Chelsea.

    Wembley Stadium, London (CNN)There is something about this Liverpool team.

    For all its qualities -- the intense pressing, the defensive solidity, the whirlwind attacks -- perhaps its finest is a sense of drama on occasions such as these.
    Just as in the League Cup final earlier this year at Wembley, Jurgen Klopp's men needed penalties to see off Chelsea and lift silverware at the same stadium.
      As improbable as it is that the Reds will become the first English team to win all three domestic competitions and the European Cup, the quadruple is still possible thanks to this FA Cup win.
        Two trophies in the cabinet this season, room being kept for two more. It is why Liverpool fans are dreaming. History could still be made.
        A scoreless 120 minutes belied the quality of the match. Chances were created, goalposts were rattled, but perhaps it was fitting that on the 150th anniversary of football's oldest cup competition the final was decided in the most theatrical of ways.
        Liverpool's Greek defender Kostas Tsimikas was the unlikely shootout hero.
        Chelsea missed its second penalty (Cesar Azplicueta), Liverpool its fifth (Sadio Mane). There was a sense of déjà vu as the first 10 penalties could not decide the outcome and the match went to sudden death -- the League Cup final ended 11-10 on penalties with the goalkeepers needing to step up.
          Fewer penalties were needed this time, however, as Alisson Becker saved Mason Mount's spot kick, which gave Kostas Tsimikas the chance to become the unlikely hero.
          The Greece international is not a regular starter for Liverpool, but coolly slotted home to spark joyous celebrations from those in red.
          Liverpool's players engulfed Tsimikas, manager Jurgen Klopp sprinted towards his men and the fans set off flares to saturate the air with a tint of red.
          The club's anthem 'You'll Never Walk Alone' echoed around the stadium as Liverpool fans serenaded a team which has given them a first FA Cup win at Wembley in 30 years.
          Such is the caliber of this Liverpool side, however, celebrations will have to be short-lived as there are other challenges on the horizon -- a Champions League final at the end of the month, and two Premier League matches in which to try to overhaul Manchester City's three point advantage at the top of the league.
          Liverpool fans can celebrate a first FA Cup triumph since 2006.

          Chances galore

          Even an occasion as traditional as this -- a marching band before kick-off, Royalty presenting the trophy -- recognizes world events.
          Like many a grand sporting occasion, political statements were made. First, Liverpool fans booed the English national anthem, then captains and officials stood with the Ukrainian flag which had the words 'PEACE' emblazoned in black capital letters and, just befo