CHELSEA – 4-4-1-1
Petr Cech, 7 Showed amazing reactions to keep out Carroll's header – a match-winning save – and could do nothing about his goal. Didn't put a foot wrong.
José Bosingwa, 5 Struggled to shackle Downing, offering the winger too much room, and it was his lax attitude that allowed Downing to feed Carroll for his goal.
Branislav Ivanovic, 7 Reacted well to block Bellamy's close-range drive, which was almost certainly going in. Was generally solid from then on under pressure.
John Terry, 6 Did an expert job in marshalling in defence but will not be pleased with how he was twisted and turned by Carroll for Liverpool's goal.
Ashley Cole, 7 Another composed display. Coped well with whoever was up against him, and moved forward well to support Chelsea's attacks.
Salomon Kalou, 6 Tried hard to impose himself from the right of Chelsea's three-man attack but made little impact and was handled easily by Johnson.
Frank Lampard, 8 The veteran was a dominant, threatening figure throughout and it was his cute pass that put in Drogba for Chelsea's second goal.
Mikel John Obi, 6 The Nigerian was the first player to be booked in the match for a late tackle on Gerrard. That aside, did little of note.
Ramires, 7 Another decisive display from the improving midfielder. Opened the scoring with a low drive and continued to contribute until being subbed.
Juan Mata, 8 Created the opening goal and was a floating menace throughout in a position just off Drogba. Less effective after the interval, however.
Didier Drogba, 9 Supreme showing from the evergreen striker. Played the target-man role perfectly and scored the decisive goal with a clinical finish.
Raul Meireles (for Ramires, 76) The Portuguese did little of note against his former club. 6
Florent Malouda (for Mata, 90) No time to make an impact. n/a
Not used Turnbull, Ferreira, Essien, Torres, Sturridge
LIVERPOOL – 4-2-3-1
Pepe Reina, 5 The Spaniard has been critical of his form on the eve of this match and so the manner in which he was beaten for Chelsea's opening goal will have done nothing to soothe his frustrations. The 29-year-old as good as escorted Ramires's drive into his net .
Glen Johnson, 7 The former Chelsea right-back performed with his typical assurance, coping with the runs of Kalou as well as providing his side with a regular attacking outlet
Martin Skrtel, 7 Liverpool's likely-to-be-crowed player of the season put in another commanding display, making strong tackles on Mata and Kalou as well as generally dealing well with the physical challenge posed by Drogba .
Daniel Agger, 7 Aside from being booked for a reckless lunge on Mikel, the Dane showed his usual assurance, making superbly timed tackles on a number of players in blue, most notably that which prevented Kalou having a clear shot on goal early on .
José Enrique, 5 The left-back has been in the midst of a slump and somewhat came out of it with a strong second-half display. The Spaniard was, however, outmuscled by Ramires for the opening goal .
Jordan Henderson, 6 The 21-year old was his usual industrious self, playing in central and right midfield following a switch of formations by Kenny Dalglish. Worked tirelessly to help Liverpool find that elusive equaliser.
Jay Spearing, 4 An afternoon to forget for the boyhood Liverpool fan. It was his casual pass that led to Chelsea's opening goal and he who was brushed aside by Lampard in the build up to Chelsea's second goal. Mercifully substituted on 55 minutes.
Craig Bellamy, 6 The Welshman tried hard to cut Chelsea open but made few inroads. Could have equalised for Liverpool with a shot that Ivanovic blocked closed to the line.
Steven Gerrard, 7 The captain was once again the heartbeat of his team's approach play, trying desperately to give them some thrust and a cutting edge and did more than anyone in red to get Liverpool back into this contest l.
Stewart Downing, 7 The winger was a constant and willing outlet on Liverpool's left and it was his pass that led to Carroll's goal on 64 minutes. Also put in a teasing first-half cross that forced Cole to give away a corner.
Luis Suárez, 7 The Uruguayan was a frustrated figure until Carroll's introduction. With needed support, he tormented Chelsea's defence continuously and could have scored with a low drive which Cech did well to save. . Booked for protesting at Caroll's disallowed goal.
Andy Carroll (for Spearing, 55) Another goal and another impressive display at Wembley from the striker, who also had a second possible goal saved off the line by Cech. 8
Dirk Kuyt (for Bellamy, 78) Tried hard as ever to make a positive impact for his side. 6
Not used Doni, Rodríguez, Shelvey, Kelly, Carragher