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Liverpool 4 Chelsea 1

The Reds got revenge for a cup final defeat with a great defeat of Chelsea at Anfield thanks largely to a particularly good first half.

Going to the game wasn't something filling me with joy I have to admit having suffered so badly at Wembley but one game doesn't stop your love. The midfield was named as Henderson and Shelvey on the way as well and that scared me a little but credit to the pair they played really well in the game and in their natural positions they made sure Chelsea never won the middle of the pitch.

All the fears I had about the game couldn't be further from the truth as reality kicked in and the Reds went straight at Chelsea from the off.

The Reds had gone with Carroll and Suarez up front and that clearly scared Chelsea because they never really settled at the back with them.

As well as we started it was actually who came very close to opening the scoring on sixteen minutes when Ivanovic powered a header off the post. It could easily have turned the game a different way.

However it hit the post and two minutes later we were ahead as we broke down the right and Suarez having megged John Terry hit a shot across the area where Essien raced in and diverted home from a yard out. After some of the luck we've had this season this was great.

John Terry was booked on twenty one minutes and was the second of their back line to get booked. He managed to hack down Carroll who was clearly just too good for him.

The Reds made it two nil on twenty four minutes when Jordan Henderson made a great run through the middle from midfield and when Maxi threaded the ball through to him, with Terry falling over Henderson was clean through and he finished superbly well from just outside the box.

The Reds were rampant at this point and three minutes later it was three nil as a Shelvey corner was hit deep and Carroll headed back across the area having beaten Terry and Agger headed it past Turnbull in to the Chelsea goal.

It now felt like we could score at will and that's not something that's been a regular feeling this year. We did have a perfect opportunity on forty four minutes to make it four but once again we missed a penalty. Ivanovic violently took out Carroll in the box and the ref pointed to the spot - somehow letting off Ivanovic with only a booking. However Downing was given responsibility from Dalglish to take the kick and he sent Turnbull the wrong way only for it to hit the post and Carroll couldn't direct the rebound goalwards.

The second half was a lesser affair in a way with Chelsea actually scoring four minutes in through Ramires. The Reds reacted well to the goal though and managed a fourth goal on the hour mark to put the game to bed. Turnbull cleared the ball from the left edge of his area whilst under pressure. The ball didn't travel far and found Shelvey unmarked in midfield - he controlled the ball and then smacked it in to the back of the net for his first ever league goal for us.

As the half wore on we continued to have chances and I hough we could easily have bagged more on the night to really embarrass Chelsea but four one was certainly enough for me.

Maxi was subbed late on and he was given a big ovation as he went off and the waving to the crowd certainly suggested we may not see him next season at Anfield. After the game the Reds did a lap around the pitch and seeing the players you always look and think about who won't remain at Anfield but that's the future and this night was about hammering Chelsea.

MotM : Andy Carroll - Chelsea just had no idea how to handle him and he chased so much down on the night and the only thing missing for him was a goal.

Liverpool 25 Reina, 2 Johnson, 5 Agger, 23 Carragher, 37 Skrtel, 14 Henderson, 33 Shelvey, 11 Maxi (18 Kuyt 83), 19 Downing (31 Sterling 83), 9 Carroll, 7 Suarez
Unused Subs 32 Doni, 34 Kelly, 16 Coates, 20 Spearing, 39 Bellamy
Goal(s) OG Essien (19), Henderson (25), Agger (28), Shelvey (61)
Bookings Henderson (65), Agger (71)
Red Cards
Shirt Worn Home-Red
Manager Kenny Dalglish (2)

22 Turnbull, 19 Ferreira, 2 Ivanovic, 26 Terry, 24 Bertrand, 5 Essien, 6 Romeu, 7 Ramires, 23 Sturridge (18 Lukaku 68), 15 Malouda, 9 Torres
Unused Subs 40 Hilario, 3 Cole, 8 Lampard, 10 Mata, 21 Kalou, 27 Hutchinson
Goal(s) Ramires (50)
Booking Ferreira (15), Terry (22), Essien (44), Ivanovic (45)
Red Cards
Shirt Worn Blue
Manager Roberto Di Matteo

Referee Kevin Friend    Leicester
Att 40721
Venue Anfield
Kick Off Tuesday - 20:00:00
Date 2012-05-08 
HT/FT WW   (3-0)/4-1
Goal Sequence (Liverpool first) 1-0, 2-0, 3-0, 3-1, 4-1
Match shown Live on SKY Sports
Competition Premiership  

Match Stats

Liverpool   Chelsea
48% Possession 52%
13 Shots On Target 5
10 Shots Off Target 4
0 Blocked Shots 0
7 Corners 4
15 Fouls 13
3 Offsides 0
2 Yellow Cards 4
0 Red Cards 0
51% Territory 49%
83% Passing Success 81%

Average Age of Starting Line-up - 26.5

Position at Start of match day - 9 / Opposition Position at Start of match day - 6

League Stats at end of match day

PWDLFAGDPtsPts to topPos
3714 10134739852348

Match Programme

Programme Price 3

Match number 50 of the season

Domestic Match number 50 of the season

Premiership Match number 37 of the season

Premiership Match number 771 of all time

League Match number 4295 of all time (excludes war time and Lancashire League)

Top Flight League Match number 3867 of all time (includes original Division 1 and Premiership)

Match number 5308 of all time (excludes war time matches and Friendly/Testimonials)

Match number 165 against Chelsea

Home Match number 80 against Chelsea

League Match number 139 against Chelsea

League Home Match number 70 against Chelsea

Premiership Match number 40 against Chelsea

Premiership Home Match number 20 against Chelsea