Didier Drogba and John Terry made history as Chelsea withstood a late Liverpool onslaught to seal its fourth FA Cup final victory in six seasons on Saturday with a 2-1 victory at Wembley.
A goal in each half from Brazilian midfielder Ramires and veteran striker Drogba clinched a narrowly deserved win for Chelsea, with substitute Andy Carroll scoring for Liverpool.
The win saw Chelsea skipper Terry enter the record books as the first man to captain one side to four victories in the competition, having already lifted the trophy in 2007, 2009 and 2010.
''It's fantastic, it's what we live for,'' a jubilant Terry said after the match. ''We spoke about winning yesterday and we've had a tough competition in the FA Cup this season and we've won.
''It was a great performance.
''At times people have slated us as too old, past it or not together but as a team we come together and unite when our backs are against the wall and we've done that superbly in the last 16 or 17 games.''
Terry's landmark was also matched by another milestone for Drogba, whose second-half effort made him the first man to score in four FA Cup finals.
The defeat denied Liverpool the opportunity to end a largely disappointing season with a second piece of silverware following the League Cup triumph over Cardiff City in February.
However, after controlling much of the match, Champions League finalist Chelsea was made to work hard for the win, and Carroll was denied what would have been a dramatic 82nd-minute equaliser when his close-range header was parried onto the underside of the crossbar by goalkeeper Petr Cech.
Carroll wheeled away to celebrate, thinking the ball, had crossed the line but referee Phil Dowd and his assistants remained unmoved.
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish was pleased with his side's second-half fightback but admitted his team had paid for defensive naivety.
''We were excellent in the last half hour but a game of football lasts for 90 minutes,'' Dalglish said.
''We left ourselves too much to do. You can't lose two goals in the fashion that we lost them and expect to win.''
Dalglish said that he initially believed Carroll had equalised but he did not dwell on the issue afterwards.
''I thought it went in but if it hasn't then give the officials the credit they deserve,'' he said.
Chelsea dominated a poor Liverpool side throughout a poor first half that saw the Merseysiders struggle to get into the game.
Liverpool midfielders Jay Spearing and Jordan Henderson were largely anonymous, all too often leaving their captain Steven Gerrard overwhelmed.
Chelsea, meanwhile, looked comfortable for most of the match, with Frank Lampard and Jon Obi Mikel screening the back four against an impotent Liverpool attack. AFP