Jurgen Klopp has brought Liverpool far greater greatness than anything available in this tourney but a feature in a domestic cup final should be admired on Merseyside just the same.
It is one of the latest game’s strange peculiarity that Liverpool have triumphed just one Wembley cup final in the last 15 years.
Eventually, the Manchester clubs have triumphed 12 between them and previous night’s beaten contenders have won four.
So a success is behindhand for Liverpool and now, facing Chelsea next month, they will have the chance.
They deserve their place too and will probably start that match as slight favourites. After playing so imperfectly in drawing last week’s first leg 0-0 versus Arsenal’s 10 men, Klopp’s men were much ameliorated here at the Emirates.