Liverpool fans hail ‘cult hero’ Kostas Tsimikas as Lucas Leiva backs new No.21 – Liverpool FC

Kostas Tsimikas was the hero at Wembley as his kick sealed the FA Cup triumph over Chelsea on Saturday, with Liverpool fans loving their new cult hero.

With more than two hours of football played in the scorching heat of London, the FA Cup final ended in a penalty shootout – the second this season between Liverpool and Chelsea.

And just like in the League Cup in February, it was the Reds who emerged victorious, this time in more conventional circumstances as they won 6-5 from kicks.

Although Edouard Mendy refused Sadio Mane to undo an early failure by Cesar Azpilicueta, Alisson dove in the right direction to prevent Mason Mount and give Tsimikas the chance to become an icon.

The left-back did just that, coolly heading home as Mendy dove the wrong way, before heading off to celebrate FA Cup glory.

Following the victory, Liverpool fans showered the Greek Scouser with praise on social media – including a glowing endorsement for the player who last wore the No.21 shirt.

The job is not yet done for Liverpool, and certainly not for Tsimikas after Andy Robertson suffered cramp in the final stages on Saturday.

With a trip to Southampton coming up in the Premier League on Tuesday night, the Greek can now be expected to start in a heavily rotated squad as the Reds seek another three vital points.

In the past, the move from first-choice left-back to assistant may have been a concern for supporters – but that is no longer the case, with Tsimikas expected to meet the high standards required.

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