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Chelsea 0 Liverpool 1

The Reds travelled to Chelsea and were forced to face up to the former striker Fernando Torres who lined up in a front three for Chelsea. All the pre match hype was around Torres but he was forced to watch the Reds win at Stamford Bridge from the bench after being subbed.

The Reds made two changes to the side which lined up against Stoke with Jamie Carragher making his return to the side in place of the Greek and Maxi replaced Aurelio in midfield.

The Reds got the game started and inside the first minute Mikel was booked when he went through Gerrard from the side with Gerrard racing on. A minute later and Maxi gifted a ball to Torres who strode forward but he skied his shot well over the bar much to our delight.

It was quite a slow start to the game with the Reds getting men behind the ball well but of course that means when we were winning the ball it was hard to move very far.

There was a fast break on eighteen minutes for the Reds which saw Kuyt tear down the right wing but he couldn't beat the first mad to find Meireles who had the run on Ivanovic.

On twenty one minutes Chelsea got in behind the Reds through Cole but his square ball was superbly cleared by Skrtel but he instantly pulled up and was forced to get treatment. He had gone down holding his groin but after treatment on the side he was eventually sent back on with Kyrgiakos warming up down the touchline.

Daniel Agger turned out to be the first Red to be pulled up for fouling Torres. The favourite had been Carragher but Agger certainly checked his run. That free kick was cleared for a corner by Lucas and then Ivanovic headed just wide of the target with bizarrely no player on the post.

On the half hour came the time when my stomach first churned over and they fed Torres in the box but as he shot Carragher flew in to block the shot.

On thirty two minutes I have no idea how we didn't score when Maxi hit the bar from all of three yards out after Gerrard drilled the ball across the area for him. He was under no pressure at all at the back post but somehow spooned it up on to the bar.

Five minutes before half time and the trainer was on again - this time for Maxi as he stayed down after losing possession in a dangerous position.

We were passing the ball around the pitch quite well again and had started to pick up where we left off against Stoke.

On the stroke of half time were were nearly gifted a goal by Chelsea as Martin Kelly got behind Cole and crossed the ball in to the area. Ivanovic and Cech both went for the ball and nearly messed it up and after Cech finally got hold of the ball they nearly came to blows which was funny and for me said enough to me that we were rattling them enough on the pitch.

Neither side made a change at half time and it was Chelsea who got the game started again after Bosingwa finally turned up.

The Reds started the second half pretty much the way they had finished the first half and we were looking comfortable without overly troubling Cech.

On fifty two minutes Glen Johnson shot a couple of yards wide of the target after being set up by Kuyt who had worked hard to keep the ball in. At the other end Reina was the keeper having words with his defender as he blasted Johnson as Anelka headed a corner wide.

Chelsea started to put more pressure on to the Reds now and they were forcing the pace further up the pitch as a result.

On sixty four minutes Anelka was given far to much room some thirty five yards from goal and he turned and shot but it thankfully went just a yard wide of the post.

Chelsea made the first change on sixty five minutes when they sent on Kalou for Torres who was roundly booed by his former fans. How we enjoyed singing you should have signed for a big club at him.

A couple of minutes later and Essien went close with a shot as we were starting to give Chelsea a little too much room in midfield which allowed them to push higher and higher up the pitch.

On sixty nine minutes the Reds took the lead through goal machine Raul Meireles. Martin Kelly played a ball down the line for Gerrard and after looking up and seeing no-one in the box he was getting ready to hold up the ball. He then saw Kuyt racing to the area and crossed the ball. Cech and Ivanovic raced in as well as Kuyt and everyone left it and Meireles came in behind to smash a left footed shot in to the net.

Chelsea reacted to the goal by sending on Malouda on to the pitch for Mikel and then a minute later replaced Bosingwa with Luiz.

Lucas became the first player in Red to be booked when he pulled hi man down in midfield. Shortly after that Aurelio came on for Maxi to try and keep the work rate going through midfield.

We were starting to look calm again with the goal behind them but you can never switch off against Chelsea and they continued to press forward but the defence was holding firm.

On eighty minutes the Reds broke really fast through Kuyt and when faced with Terry he passed to Aurelio who cut inside his man before forcing Cech in to a superb save.

The Reds were lining up Poulsen to come on and he replaced Meireles on eighty three minutes. I can't say there wasn't a few glances going towards the watch at this point.

We were starting to contain Chelsea now to hopeful passes and balls in to the box from distance. On eighty nine minutes Lucas tidied up at the back and strode out with the ball before setting Kuyt up but Cech raced twenty yards from his goal to tidy up the danger.

Four extra minutes were added on at the end of the game and half way through that Chelsea had a penalty shout as they got more and more desperate. Johnson collided with Ivanovic in the box but the ref was having none of it and a goal kick was awarded.

We were playing so well though that compared to say Fulham at home I just wasn't too nervous at all. We were in control generally now and deeper in to stoppage time it was the Reds who were holding the ball up further up the pitch.

As the ref blew the final whistle the celebrations began for a league double over Chelsea and proof if nothing else that not one player is bigger than the club. We are Liverpool FC and we exist to win football matches. Having watch some awful football at times over the past year or so the form of late has really started to well that pride up inside me again. No rose tints in score predictions but true belief that we could beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. It's never easy down there but you really thought we could win this one and that's exactly what we did and also more to the point deserved.

MotM : Lucas - stunning performance in midfield for me and broke up play really well all day but this was also a huge team performance and you could easily pick anyone apart from maybe Reina who had virtually nothing to do.


Liverpool 25 Reina, 34 Kelly, 2 Johnson, 37 Skrtel, 23 Carragher, 5 Agger, 8 Gerrard, 21 Lucas, 17 Maxi (6 Aurelio 74), 4 Meireles 28 Poulsen 83), 18 Kuyt
Unused Subs 42 Gulacsi, 7 Suarez, 14 Jovanovic, 16 Kyrgiakos, 24 Ngog
Goal(s) Meireles (69)
Bookings Lucas (73)
Shirt Worn Home-Red
Manager Kenny Dalglish (2)

Chelsea 1 Cech, 17 Bosingwa (4 Luiz 73), 26 Terry (c), 2 Ivanovic, 3 Cole, 12 Mikel (15 Malouda 71), 8 Lampard, 5 Essien, 11 Drogba, 39 Anelka, 9 Torres (21 Kalou 66)
Unused Subs 22 Turnbull, 19 Ferreira, 46 McEachran, 55 Sala
Booking Mikel (1)
Shirt Worn Blue
Manager Carlo Ancelotti

Referee Andre Marriner    
Att 41829
Venue Stamford Bridge
Kick Off Sunday - 16:00:00
Date 2011-02-06 
HT/FT DW   (0-0)/1-0
Goal Sequence (Liverpool first) 1-0
Match shown Live on SKY Sports
Competition Premiership  

Match Stats

Liverpool   Chelsea
43% Possession 57%
3 Shots On Target 1
3 Shots Off Target 13
0 Blocked Shots 0
3 Corners 4
10 Fouls 10
2 Offsides 3
1 Yellow Cards 1
0 Red Cards 0

Average Age of Starting Line-up - 27.5

Position at Start of match day - 7 / Opposition Position at Start of match day - 4

League Stats at end of match day

PWDLFAGDPtsPts to topPos
2611 5103431338166

Match Programme



Match number 38 of the season

Domestic Match number 28 of the season

Premiership Match number 26 of the season

Premiership Match number 722 of all time

League Match number 4246 of all time (excludes war time and Lancashire League)

Top Flight League Match number 3818 of all time (includes original Division 1 and Premiership)

Match number 5242 of all time (excludes war time matches and Friendly/Testimonials)

Match number 161 against Chelsea

Away Match number 82 against Chelsea

League Match number 137 against Chelsea

League Away Match number 68 against Chelsea

Premiership Match number 38 against Chelsea

Premiership Away Match number 19 against Chelsea

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