Liverpool put in an excellent display on Wednesday with Rafa picking his strongest current 11. Liverpool seemed intent to shoot more often with Riera, Alonso and Mascherano all having early efforts. I don't remember Reina having a save to make all afternoon.
Chelsea's goalie didn't look all that comfortable and Liverpool let a couple of follow up opportunities go missing. Of course the talking point of the contest was Lampard's straight red. At the time I thought it was a foul on Lampard. After watching replays I think the outcome was a drop ball. I didn't think it was foul on either player.
Lampard's foot was high and Alonso's follow through caught him. Mike Riley is a terrible ref and he proved so again on this occasion. He missed the tackle four years ago involving the same players that Lampard got away with. He blew this call as well.
At the time I thought this would hurt us as Chelsea would continue to defend. I just didn't know if we would be able to break them down, which has been our problem in the last month. Finally on the stroke of the 89th minute Torres popped up and headed home after a neat Liverpool move. Yossi then robbed Ashley Cole and his tackle played in Torres for number 2. We actually went for that second goal to kill a game off!
It was a great win against a good chelsea side and a much needed boost of morale for the players and the manager.
Gerrard was inspirational through out the match and just shaded the Man of the Match display behind Torres and Alonso. Yossi proved to be a fantastic substitution as well.
Give Scolari credit for his post match comments as well. They were all pretty on the mark.
All you need to know about Mike Riley's lack of ability (and his linesman) came from Bosingwa wild lunge on Yossi at the end. It was a straight red that was missed but then the linesman comes out and says he saw the incident and he decided to take no action. How is that possible?
Finally I thought Gerrard was lucky yesterday. He could have been booked on several occasions (kick the ball into the mid section of a Chelsea player) the late tackle and the dive. Normally he has been very mellow but this was him living on the edge.
Robbie Keane left Livepool today and I'm not sure what happened. He didn't do the business for us while he was playing. He was not really given that much time either. Bottom line it was a mistake by the club but I'm pleased that we have not waited around and decided to realize a mistake was made. Now if our owners would only do the same.