After Chelsea’s Mason Mount’s shot was stopped by Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker, Konstantinos Tsimikas scored the game-winning penalty.
Only 76 days after the Reds beat Thomas Tuchel’s team on penalties in a sterile League Cup final, Wembley witnessed another nail-biting encounter between these two clubs.
Liverpool has finally won the eighth FA Cup after a 16-year wait.
One chance did come early for Liverpool, with Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy saving from Luis Díaz. Then came Christian Pulisic’s shot that crept wide on a frustrating afternoon for the Chelsea man.
The first half was punctuated by injury delays for Liverpool players. Alisson had to be treated after his shin took a knock while blocking Marcos Alonso’s shot.
The goalkeeper recovered but it was not long before Mohamed Salah went down.
Liverpool missed the threat of the Premier League’s top scorer. Chelsea missed their chances to exploit that.
A blistering start to the second half by Chelsea saw Marcos Alonso shoot wide and send a free-kick onto the crossbar around Pulisic’s effort being repelled by Alisson’s diving save.
A late flurry of Liverpool attempts could not prevent the game going into extra time with the post hit by Díaz from a tight angle and Andy Robertson from close range.
The only previous goalless showpiece through extra time at Wembley was in 2005 when Arsenal won one of its record 14 titles.
In the shoot-out, the Reds were helped by Chelsea midfielder Mason Mason’s penalty being saved before Konstantinos Tsimikas clinched the win with his first-ever goal for the club.
In two weeks, Liverpool will be hoping to collect another trophy by beating Real Madrid in the Champions League final.
“That is part of the ‘mentality monsters’ as well, going to extra time and keeping the high level, performing well,” Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson said.