Chelsea 0-0 Liverpool (5-6 pen): FA Cup final player ratings from Wembley

Chelsea (3-4-2-1)

Edouard Mendy His kicking has been shaky this season and Liverpool were quick to pressure him. But Mendy responded with a crucial save from Luis Díaz. 6

Trevoh Chalobah The young defender had a torrid time against Díaz during the first 20 minutes. He deserves praise for continuing to battle. Liverpool stopped exposing him. 6

Thiago Silva The veteran made a goalline clearance early on and carried on after colliding with Chalobah. Silva stayed calm and did not put a foot wrong. 7

Antonio Rüdiger The German was desperate to go out on high before his move to Real Madrid. His defending did not disappoint. 7

Reece James Chelsea were more solid once James altered his positioning, gave Chalobah more protection and got closer to Díaz. His dangerous crossing also unnerved Liverpool’s defence. 7

Jorginho The Italy international wore the captain’s armband and his influence grew as the game progressed. But he could not help Chelsea keep possession long enough. 6

Mateo Kovacic He offered dynamism after making a quick recovery from an ankle injury, though an error almost proved costly. Was never going to last 90 minutes. 7

Marcos Alonso He lacks pace but had a reliable game. Alonso defended diligently and was a threat going forward. He even hit the woodwork with a free-kick. 7

Mason Mount He was lively at times. He created Chelsea’s first
chance. Could not quite find the killer touch and was devastated to miss in
the shootout. 6

Christian Pulisic The American winger had some decent moments. He made a chance for Alonso, went close from Mount’s cutback and tested Alisson. But he faded. 6

Romelu Lukaku Thomas Tuchel ripped into the striker after 15 minutes and demanded more movement. The message did not get through to the lethargic Lukaku. Unsurprisingly substituted. 4


N’Golo Kanté The Frenchman was impressive after replacing Kovacic. 7

Hakim Ziyech The playmaker almost carved Liverpool open with a gorgeous cross. 6

Ruben Loftus-Cheek Went up front after replacing Pulisic – Timo Werner had tweaked a hamstring during the warm-up – and was mystified to be substituted 15 minutes later. 6

César Azpilicueta The defender replaced Chalobah during extra-time. 6

Ross Barkley Sent on instead of Werner for penalties. N/A

Chelsea players and staff struggle to hide their disappointment as Liverpool collect their winners’ medals
Chelsea players and staff struggle to hide their disappointment as Liverpool collect their winners’ medals. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images

Liverpool (4-3-3)

Alisson He made vital saves and played on after shaking off a knock.
He was there to make the decisive save from Mount in the shootout. 8

Trent Alexander-Arnold There was an amazing ball to release Díaz and some devilish crosses. He had a few unconvincing moments defensively but also made some important tackles. 7

Ibrahima Konaté The centre-back looks increasingly imposing. He won his headers and dominated Lukaku. But he was slightly lucky not to concede a penalty for a push. 7

Virgil van Dijk The Dutchman always seems to be in the right place. He was there to force Lukaku to fire over. His departure at the start of extra-time was a concern. 7

Andy Robertson Snapped into challenges and should have won it late on, only to hit the post from close range. He had more to think about when James began to push higher. 6

Jordan Henderson Fabinho’s absence meant the captain was the deepest of Liverpool’s midfield trio. He used possession intelligently and screened his defence. A typically unselfish display. 8

Thiago Alcântara The Spaniard was a controlling presence in the middle, although he was lucky to escape when Mount picked his pocket. Tired as the game wore on. 7

Naby Keïta The midfielder missed a chance to give Liverpool the lead, firing wide. He played some incisive passes but he could not complain about being substituted. 6

Mohamed Salah The Egyptian looked weary before limping off in the 33rd minute. Liverpool will be desperate to have him available for the Champions League final. 6

Sadio Mané There were plenty of threatening runs but Mane found it difficult to make an impact in the final third. He was not decisive enough when he had space. 6

Luis Díaz The winger had the beating of Chalobah during the early stages but his end product was lacking. He was menacing but Liverpool needed more ruthlessness. 7


Diogo Jota The Portuguese forward missed two inviting chances after replacing Salah. 6

James Milner The midfielder’s fizzing cross should have been converted by Robertson. 6

Joël Matip The German replaced Van Dijk and slotted in comfortably. 6

Roberto Firmino The Brazilian replaced Díaz during extra-time. 6

Kostas Tsimikas The left-back wrote himself into Liverpool folklore by scoring the winning penalty. 7

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