Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool – No Luck At The Bridge

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By Jonathan Carroll


Trips to Stamford Bridge haven’t been too fruitful for Liverpool over the years. Sundays afternoon game was no different. After initially taking the lead through a Martin Skrtel tap in, Chelsea responded through a curling effort from Eden Hazard and a toe poke from Samuel Eto’o, who should have in truth, seen red inside five minutes.

Refereeing decisions have been a controversial issue for Brendan Rodgers since the offside debacle at Manchester City. Howard Webb was at the forefront of the game once more, surely the opposite intention of every good referee. Eto’o’s tackle was shin high on Jordan Henderson, a sending off in any game regardless of what minute the game happens to be in. You almost get the impression that Webb would prefer to rub shoulders with John Terry and co rather than give a decision against them and ruin having a nice drink after the game. The title of best referee in England needs examining.


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Refereeing decisions only go so far and Liverpool must try and take games out of the hands of officials. Unlike the Manchester City game, Liverpool lacked ideas and for the most part, the legs to put Chelsea under pressure. Rodgers’ team had the perfect start. Then the Chelsea midfield took over. Lucas Leiva and Joe Allen couldn’t keep up with David Luis, Oscar and Frank Lampard or Eden Hazard.


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The second half saw Liverpool gradually claw back into the game. Mamadou Sakho hit the bar with a header from a Henderson cross. Luis Suarez had valid appeals for penalties when John Terry and Eto’o clearly fouled the striker as he competed for the ball.


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Most puzzling decision of all came from Rodgers who brought on promising youngster Brad Smith as a left winger instead of the more experienced Luis Alberto. Surely that one needs to be explained as on paper it made zero sense and it had little or no influence on the game. It was no fault of Smith’s in any way. The youngster was given a huge stage to make his debut, Stamford Bridge against Chelsea can be daunting for a seasoned pro yet alone your debut as a youngster.


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Even though the reds have now lost two on the trot there are some positives to take from the game. Liverpool were very poor and Chelsea still needed to be on top of their game to win. Liverpool will improve and a few games at home upcoming should help to get the confidence back if Liverpool can dispose of Hull City on Wednesday.


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Liverpool now sit in fifth heading into the new year with games against Hull on New Years Day, Oldham in the FA Cup on Sunday and Stoke City away on January twelfth. A new defensive midfielder and two fullbacks are a must. It remains to be seen how much backing John Henry will give Rodgers in the January transfer window. Two or three quality players and Liverpool could cement a place back in the top four.



  • 01 Cech – 5
  • 02 Ivanovic (Cole – 30′ ) – 6
  • 28 Azpilicueta – 6
  • 08 Lampard – 6 (Mikel – 45′ )
  • 24 Cahill – 6 (Booked)
  • 26 Terry – 5 (Booked)
  • 17 Hazard – 7
  • 04 David Luiz – 7 (Booked)
  • 29 Eto’o (Torres – 87′ )
  • 11 Oscar  (Booked)
  • 22 Willian


  • 03 Cole
  • 05 Essien
  • 09 Torres
  • 10 Mata
  • 12 Mikel
  • 14 Schürrle
  • 23 Schwarzer


  • 22 Mignolet – 5
  • 02 Johnson – 3 (Booked) (Iago Aspas – 83′ )
  • 05 Agger – 5
  • 21 Lucas – 5
  • 37 Skrtel – 5
  • 17 Sakho – 5 (Kolo Touré – 90′ )
  • 24 Allen – 6 (Smith – 60′ )
  • 14 Henderson- 6
  • 07 Suárez – 6
  • 31 Sterling
  • 10 Coutinho


  • 01 Jones
  • 04 Kolo Touré
  • 06 Luis Alberto
  • 09 Iago Aspas
  • 20 Cissokho
  • 44 Smith
  • 46 Rossiter
Referee: Howard Webb – 4
Attendance: 41,614

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