Strong Liverpool Down Disappointing Chelsea
With Manchester United winning their game on the Saturday against Everton by one goal to nil, the Liverpool and Chelsea fixture became even more important to both sides. Only a win was good enough to keep up with the pace of Ferguson’s United, and both teams had a hope of picking up all three points at Anfield.
The first half of the game was a typical game between the two sides, with both playing quite safe and in their own half. Neither team showed much attacking intent and Benitez and Scolari were both content to go in at half time drawing 0-0. However, the team talks were vitally important as from then on both teams had to leave the changing rooms with the belief they could win the game. Before the fixture, both had level points in the league and for much of the second half there was a similar story with the scoreline not changing.
Liverpool were pushing and their players were showing that they had the will to win. They wanted it more and started attacking with great intent nearing the end of the game. If it wasn’t for Chelsea’s Brazilian defender Alex, Liverpool may have won by a far greater margin than they eventually did. The breakthrough for Liverpool came in the 89th minute, with Spanish striker Fernando Torres scoring a header past Petr Cech. Chelsea were in disarray and Liverpool looked to take advantage of it even further. They did this when Torres scored his second goal, an easy tap in after some neat work from his team mates.
The reds advance into second place, ahead of Chelsea who now lie in third. The race for the title continues, however, it is looking more and more like a two horse race between Manchester United and Liverpool.