Liverpool vs Chelsea: Big Victory Just What Reds Needed to Close out Home Season

Eric BowmanFeatured ColumnistMay 9, 2012

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 08:  Oriol Romeu of Chelsea and Michael Essien of Chelsea close down Luis Suarez of Liverpool during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield on May 8, 2012 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Liverpool did a fantastic job avenging their FA Cup finals loss to Chelsea by destroying the Blues on Tuesday afternoon.

The Reds needed to finish strong in the final home game of the year, and after a 4-1 victory it certainly lifts their spirits from what had been a down year. 

Behind the leaders of the Premier League, the only thing Liverpool had left to play for was themselves. 

After losing to Chelsea in the FA Cup final, the Reds could have easily not cared about their remaining games, but they fought hard and pulled off an impressive win. 

They were aggressive from the start, and it showed as the Reds took 23 shots to Chelsea's 11. Four different players scored for Liverpool, which is also a good sign. 

Of course, some will argue that Chelsea didn't give it their all because they too didn't have a lot to play for. However, a win over Liverpool would have given them a small chance of finishing in the top four. 

Sure, the Blues would need some luck to bounce their way, which would have been difficult to count on, but still, beating Liverpool for the second time in a row should have been important to them. 

Chelsea could have easily been looking ahead to the Champions League final against Bayern Munich, but since that is over a week away, their focus should have been on beating Liverpool again. 

After all, the Reds had taken it to the Blues earlier in the year, beating them twice before Chelsea was able to finally beat Liverpool this past weekend. 

Credit the Reds for a valiant effort in the last home game of the year. The season may not have gone as well as they hoped for, but they never stopped fighting and picked up a much-needed victory to close out the home season.