Substitute Kostas Tsimikas set the winning penalty after Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta hit the post and Alisson saved Mason Mount’s effort.
As it happened: Chelsea vs Liverpool
Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy had kept his team alive when he saved Sadio Mane’s penalty, but it proved to be of no use as Liverpool won the trophy for the first time since 2006.
It was a copy of the League Cup final in February, which Liverpool won 11-10 on penalties after that match also ended goalless.
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Saturday’s win means that Liverpool are on their way to an unprecedented quadruple of trophies.
They are three points behind Manchester City in the Premier League race with two matches left and will face Real Madrid in the Champions League final on 28 May.
I’m really proud of my boys, says Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp to the BBC. “Chelsea were outstanding but in the end there can only be one winner and today it was us.”
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For Chelsea, it meant an unwelcome record to be the first team to lose three FA Cup finals in a row, after losing to Arsenal 2020 and Leicester City last year.
In a match of fluctuating fortunes and bags of missed chances, Liverpool had the best of a vibrant first half with Luis Diaz close several times, before Chelsea came back in the second, with Marcos Alonso rattling the crossbar.
Klopp’s Liverpool enjoyed the greater ball possession and finished the 90 minutes on top, Diaz and Andrew Robertson both hit the post in the last 10 minutes and the tireless Diaz who whistled a shot just outside the 90th.
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Tired legs on a hot day contributed to a scratchy extension, although both sides got corners that were comfortably defended.
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson was handed the cup by Prince William to roaring from Liverpool fans while the Chelsea finish was largely empty.