Chelsea responded well to Liverpool’s pressure, with Christian Pulisic going close on 23 minutes after excellent play between Mount and Reece James on the right wing. Shortly after, Pulisic’s pass gave Marcos Alonso a sight of goal, but Alisson was off his line quickly to deny the Chelsea defender.
On 33 minutes, Liverpool suffered a blow when Mohamed Salah was forced off due to injury. Diogo Jota came on in his place and put a good chance just over moments before half-time.
Chelsea made the faster start after the break with Pulisic drawing a save from Alisson and Alonso striking the crossbar from a free kick, but both sides toiled and could create only half-chances for much of the second period.
Liverpool had a golden chance to win the trophy in normal time when substitute James Milner‘s cross found Andy Robertson, but he struck the post from close range.
Liverpool were dealt another blow ahead of extra time as Virgil van Dijk went off, seemingly injured, and was replaced by Joel Matip.
Neither side were able to find a breakthrough in the additional 30 minutes, meaning spot kicks for the second time this season.
Mendy had kept Chelsea alive when he saved Sadio Mane‘s penalty, but it proved to no avail, as Liverpool won the trophy for the first time since 2006.
Sadly for Chelsea, as in February, it was a case of so near yet so far, although manager Thomas Tuchel had no regrets.
“Like in the last final, the League Cup, no regrets. I told the team I was proud,” he told reporters. “We played 240 minutes in two finals against maybe the most dangerous attacking team in the world and it’s 0-0.
“I was sure during the match the momentum was on our side, but unfortunately I was not right.”
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson was handed the cup by Prince William to roars from the Liverpool fans, while the Chelsea end was largely empty.
“It’s a big moment for us — we haven’t been in this final for some time, so to win it was special,” Henderson said.
The win was Liverpool’s eighth in the 150-year history of the FA Cup, drawing them level with Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur. Arsenal have won the most with 14.