Liverpool were simply marvellous at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. We actually out fought Chelsea and out matched them tactically. I'm not sure if Carlo Ancelotti or Roman Abramovich decided to go with three strikers up front but in hindsight it was a mistake.
Liverpool's 3-5-2 formation dominated Chelsea's midfield and we had all the better chances in the match. Of course Chelsea did have one decent penalty shout turned down at the death but it would have been very harsh on this Liverpool side who should have been two up at this point.
Pepe Reina was only tested once all afternoon, and with so much attacking power on display for them, the defenders and the hard working Lucas must be congratulated. It would be hard to single out a man of the match for the Reds but if I was casting a vote it would be Lucas again, closely followed by Carragher. I thought the entire team were excellent, and even though Gerrard was getting some stick from the commentators I thought his work rate and tactical awareness were excellent and letâ€™s not forget he did play the ball over to Maxi, who hit the post from two yards out and he did provide the assist for the goal - so not a bad day at the office for our captain.
Dalglish has really got Liverpool playing the ball on the deck and sometimes the Reds were guilty of passing it around too much at the back (see Agger and Reina) but for the most part the confidence has been restored. That is four clean sheets in a row which is also fantastic. We didn't even need to play Suarez! We beat Chelsea with the team that Rafa left and Hodgson added too (see Meireles) but as Roy would say that team was too weak, so it must be the manager then! Having Roy in charge seems like a memory of dating an ugly girlfriend. What a waste of five months that was!
Oh yeah, Torres was playing for Chelsea. I almost forgot about that. I thought we might be in for a long day when Maxi gave him the ball inside of two minutes but Torres shot too early and he didn't seem like he wanted the ball the entire match. He was not involved at all except for on the 30 minute mark when Carragher made a great block on him. Other than that he was shocking and Carlo made a mistake by playing him from the start. I don't think he realized how hurt inside Torres must be for leaving us. He knows he was idolised on the Kop and that he turned his back on us. This seemed to weigh heavily on his mind during the match. Of course, I don't expect that he will play like this every week but on this display he will have trouble getting into their side.
The supporters chants of you should have stayed at a big club were great however to the muppet who threw a coin, you should be ashamed of yourself.
So to conclude yesterday couldn't have gone any better.
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