Football: Three talking points from the FA Cup final

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LONDON (AFP) - Liverpool beat Chelsea on penalties in a final for the second time this season on Saturday (May 14), staying on track for an unprecedented quadruple of trophies.

A match with few clear-cut chances finished 0-0 after extra-time, meaning the two sides faced a repeat of the League Cup final shootout in February, which Liverpool also won.

The two teams swopped penalty misses but Alisson Becker saved Mason Mount's effort and substitute Kostas Tsimikas made no mistake, giving Liverpool a 6-5 win.

AFP Sport looks at three talking points from the match at Wembley.

Salah fear

The massed ranks of Liverpool fans fell silent when Alisson called for treatment just before the half-hour but minutes later it became apparent that Mohamed Salah was in greater trouble.

The Egypt forward sat on the grass surrounded by teammates and was unable to continue, with Diogo Jota coming on to replace him.

Up until that point most of Liverpool's early threat had come down the left through Luis Diaz but the loss of their top-scorer was a huge blow.

It will also be a grave concern for Liverpool ahead of the final two games of the Premier League season and the Champions League final against Real Madrid.

Salah, who is rarely injured, has had a punishing schedule as Liverpool have battled on all fronts and he also went all the way to the final of the Africa Cup of Nations.

He remains on course to win a third Premier League Golden Boot, though Tottenham's Son Heung-min is just one goal behind him now.

More importantly, will he back to face Real Madrid? He will be desperate to play, with a score to settle after defeat in the 2018 final to the Spanish team.

Livewire Diaz

Luis Diaz arrived from Porto in January to bolster an already fearsome Liverpool attack. Four months later he looked at home in the starting eleven at Wembley.

The Colombian livewire looks as though he has been part of the forward line for years and was in devastating form from the first whistle, lining up alongside Sadio Mane and Salah.

Diaz gave Chelsea defender Trevoh Chalobah a torrid opening few minutes, firing in ...

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