Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Chelsea Dent Title Hopes

Atop the league table, Liverpool knew that a win over Chelsea would put them within reach of a first Premier League title but what took place at Anfield on Sunday threw the title race wide open.

Rodgers names an unchanged line-up meaning Sturridge would only be named on the bench and in a break of what has been an Anfield tradition this season, Liverpool's blitzing style didn't take as Chelsea had the first chance as Cole clipped an effort towards goal forcing Mignolet to palm away to safety.

Johsnon looked to surprise his former side after being picked out from Gerrard's corner but his shot was deflected behind and Coutinho hit wide after Suarez found the Brazilian from out wide, Cole cleared well from a dangerous corner with Suarez volleyed the rebound and Sakho hitting over the bar.

Cole lost possession and Liverpool capitalised with Couthinho and Sterling combining to pick out Suarez but the Uruguayan curled his effort too high to trouble Schwarzer. The half-time interval was just minutes away and then disaster struck for Liverpool as a Sahko pass for Gerrard resulted in the captain slipping and letting in Ba who took advantage and slotted past Mignolet.

Liverpool came out for the second period looking to comeback in order to keept their unbeaten run intact and tested Schwarzer with a blast from Gerrard with the Australian called into action to deny Allen whose volleyed looked certain to level the score.

Chelsea looked to counter and forced Mignolet into a superb save as he denied Schurrle with Liverpool countering themselves and Allen and Gerrard had efforts saved by Schwarzer. Liverpool's countering was to cost them in the final minutes as from a set-piece, Sturridge passed back but only found Willian who put in Torres before the two raced clear past Gerrard.

Torres was one-on-one with Mignolet but squared for Willan to literally walk the ball into the net to complete a 2-0 win and end Liverpool's 2014 unbeaten run and dent their title hopes.