Liverpool 3 West Ham United 3 after extra time (3-3 after 90 minutes) Liverpool win 3-1 on penalties
Liverpool pegged back AC Milan to win the Champions League and they pegged back West Ham United to win the FA Cup.
They have guts, they have spirit, they have good penalty-takers and, in Steven Gerrard, they have an inspirational leader.
But one question hung over Cardiff after the best FA Cup final in recent years: Can Rafa's Reds peg back Chelsea and win the Premiership?
Manager Rafael Benitez was ever-cautious not to let the emotion of a remarkable cup final interfere with reality but he knew this question was unavoidable.
Benitez said: "We need to enjoy this and we need to keep going during the summer because we need to step forward.
"Thinking about the future, next season our target is to be contenders and try to win the Premiership.
"But winning this type of game will give you confidence because you can go in at half-time and say: 'Hey, we have done it before, we can do it again'.
"I am happy with the season. We won the Super Cup, we won the FA Cup and we have reduced the gap.
"We are closer to the top teams and that is the key to be confident about the future."
Liverpool fans will always believe if Gerrard is in the team.
In Cardiff, he was simply immense. He scored with two goals of great beauty, set up another for Djibril Cisse and he overcame cramp to score a nerveless penalty in the shoot-out.
Benitez, who only just kept Gerrard from Chelsea's clutches last summer, deserves some of the credit for developing a way to maximise his captain's attacking threat.
Chelsea will sign Michael Ballack from Bayern Munich today - perhaps a warning to Anfield not to wallow in their FA Cup glory - but Benitez is not intimidated.
The Liverpool boss said: "I don't know how much money the other teams will spend and whether they will sign the right players.
"You don't need to buy the best leg for your table. You need to buy the leg you need for your table."
Liverpool played better in the semi-final win against Chelsea than they did against West Ham in the final.
They were tighter and more balanced and relied less on the super-human qualities of one man.
In Cardiff, in their 62nd game of the season, the Reds were sloppy.
Jamie Carragher slid the first goal of the game into his own net and then a handling error by Jose Reina gave Dean Ashton the chance to put the Hammers two-up.
Cisse pulled one back before the break and Gerrard equalised in the second half but West Ham were allowed to sneak back into the lead through left-back Paul Konchesky.
Reina was at fault again, allowing Konchesky's high cross from the left to drift into the far corner of his net.
It looked like being the decisive moment of the final until Gerrard rifled in another equaliser, from 30 yards, in the first minute of stoppage time.
Reina must have been the most relieved man in the Millennium Stadium but he had the chance to make amends to his team-mates.
First he made a fingertip save to deny Nigel Reo-Coker in the last minute of extra-time and then came into his own in the penalty shoot-out.
Reina has a reputation in his native Spain for saving penalties and he proved why as he denied Bobby Zamora, Konchesky and Anton Ferdinand from 12 yards.
His first save from Zamora was exceptional - a strong right-hander, low to his right - and piled the pressure on the Hammers not to miss again.
Teddy Sheringham had too much experience but both Konchesky and Ferdinand seemed unnerved by the keeper and took poor penalties which were far too easy to save.
Benitez said: "If you want to win trophies you need players with this character. You don't want players who make a mistake and then spend 20 minutes thinking about the mistake. Forget it. You cannot win.
"It wasn't the best day for him during the game but in penalties he showed his qualities.
"He is very quick, he is good in the air, and he has good experience."