Petr Cech 9/10
Almost nothing to do until beaten by Carroll's rising drive. Incredible reaction save on the line from Carroll to maintain the Blues' lead.
Branislav Ivanovic 6/10
Valuable block from Bellamy's goalbound volley in what looked likely to be an otherwise uneventful afternoon until Carroll's arrival.
Ashley Cole 6/10
Tied down by Bellamy in the early stages and suddenly found himself needing to defend as Liverpool upped their game after the interval.
Jose Bosingwa 5/10
Seen as the weak link in back four, but had few problems until he was finally caught in possession for Carroll's goal.
John Terry 6/10
Seldom under any pressure until the arrival of Carroll, who made him look leaden-footed with his turn and scoring shot.
His run for the first goal recalled his sprint in Barcelona but this time the finish was all about power.
Frank Lampard 7/10
Kept the ball moving in midfield and provided the pass for Drogba's goal – and how many times has that been written over the years?
John Obi Mikel 6/10
Booked for a late challenge on Gerrard but, like most Chelsea players, had an easy first 60 minutes.
Juan Mata 8/10
Was able to find space at will and his pass provided the assist for Chelsea's opener. Made the game look easy.
Didier Drogba 8/10
Scored his customary FA Cup Final goal and made every forward pass look good with his determination to impose himself on Liverpool's central defenders.
Salomon Kalou 6/10
His pace and trickery kept Glen Johnson at full stretch and he almost broke through more than once.
Raul Meireles for Kalou, 77; Florent Malouda for Mata, 90.
Pepe Reina 5/10
Gambled on a shot across him but was beaten at his near post by Ramires' opener, then nearly made a hash of a straightforward cross.
Glen Johnson 5/10
Found Kalou a handful, but offered a brief flash of his attacking potential when his cross provided Liverpool's sole first-half chance.
Jose Enrique 5/10
Got it all wrong after 11 minutes, badly positioned and then outpaced by Ramires for Chelsea's goal. Improved after that
Daniel Agger 6/10
One front-to-back run almost brought much-needed spark to the Liverpool attack, but had his hands full with Drogba. Booked for a needless foul on Mikel in midfield
Martin Skrtel 5/10
Will see Drogba in his nightmares after an uncomfortable day. Nowhere near tight enough as the Ivorian drilled the second goal.
Steven Gerrard 6/10
Played too deep early on and struggled to make an impact. His first forward surge did not come until the 50th minute.
Jordan Henderson 4/10
Another disappointing performance. An anonymous first-half display apart from one header that almost created a chance for Suarez.
Stewart Downing 6/10
Had chances to run at the defence, but failed to deliver until catching Bosingwa in possession for Carroll's goal.
Jay Spearing 4/10
Holding midfield role but gave the ball away for the first goal and Chelsea had few problems passing the ball round him.
Luis Suarez 6/10
Wasted in an isolated role for the first 55 minutes until Carroll joined him and unable to turn and get at the defenders.
Craig Bellamy 6/10
Began on the right, covering Ashley Cole's runs instead of causing mischief in the Chelsea defence. Much more of a threat when given licence to roam.
Andy Carroll for Spearing, 54 – made immediate impact, turning Terry inside out and powering an angled shot past Cech into the roof of the net. Late header deserved a goal; Dirk Kuyt for Bellamy, 78.