Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson is in no doubt that Mason Mount will ‘bounce back’ from his penalty miss in the FA Cup final and insists the Chelsea star has the ‘world at his feet’.
Blues academy graduate Mount was one of two Chelsea stars to miss from the spot at Wembley on Saturday, with club captain Cesar Azpilicueta also failing to score in the 6-5 penalty shootout defeat.
Both teams had chances to win the game in normal time but penalties were required to decide the 141st FA Cup final and Liverpool emerged triumphant, just as they did in the EFL Cup final against Chelsea in February.
Mount cut a dejected figure as Liverpool lifted the trophy as he not only missed a penalty but also suffered his sixth successive Wembley final defeat.
The 23-year-old has now lost three FA Cup finals in a row and has also finished on the losing side at Wembley with England and Derby County.
England teammate Henderson was quick to console Mount after his penalty miss and says he wanted to support the Blues star as he is a ‘top player’ and ‘great lad’.
‘That is always a big thing for me,’ Henderson told Sky Sports. ‘You’ve got to be respectful to the opponent, especially with players you play with your national team.
You know how good they are and that they are good people. Especially in penalty shootouts, it’s never nice for people to miss.
‘I knew he’d be feeling really down and to be honest, he probably didn’t want me going over there thinking back, but I just wanted to give him a little bit of support because he’s a top player, a great lad and he’s still very young.
‘He’s got the world at his feet and I’m sure he’ll bounce back and when he gets the opportunity again, he’ll step up and put the ball in the back of the net.’
Tuchel was quick to emphasise Mount’s importance to Chelsea after his penalty miss and insisted the setback would not undermine his impressive season at Stamford Bridge.
The England star has scored 14 goals and made 16 assists in all competitions and Tuchel said: ‘This penalty will change nothing.
‘You know my opinion about Mason. You see his record and the importance of game which he plays. He plays consistently for us.
‘He’s a key figure in this squad and in this club, also because of where he comes from. He’s a super nice guy and we don’t doubt him now because he misses a penalty.’
Chelsea finish a gruelling campaign with Premier League fixtures against Leicester City on Thursday and bottom-placed Watford on the final day.