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Liverpool vs. Chelsea: Post-Match Reaction from Brendan Rodgers, Jose Mourinho

FILE PHOTO - EDITORS NOTE: COMPOSITE OF TWO IMAGES - Image Numbers 456837437 (L) and 183386392) In this composite image a comparison has been made between Brendan Rodgers ,manager of Liverpool (L) and Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho. The top two teams in the Premier League meet in a league match on April 27, 2014 at Anfield in Liverpool,England.   ***LEFT IMAGE*** LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 15: Manager Brendan Rodgers of Liverpool looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at White Hart Lane on December 15, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images) ***RIGHT IMAGE*** NORWICH, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 06: Manager Jose Mourinho of Chelsea looks on ahead of the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Chelsea at Carrow Road on October 6, 2013 in Norwich, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Danny CollinsFeatured ColumnistApril 27, 2014

Chelsea's 2-0 victory over Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday dealt a huge blow to the Reds' title hopes as Jose Mourinho brilliantly orchestrated his side to a hard-fought and hugely significant victory over Brendan Rodgers' men.   

But Rodgers was seemingly unimpressed by the tactics employed by Mourinho, as The Guardian's Daniel Taylor tweeted from the post-match press conference:

So unimpressed it seems that he refused to shake the Portuguese's hand following the clash. The Liverpool Echo's Neil Jones tweeted:

And just to make sure that Rodgers' feelings were perfectly clear, he concluded, per Ben Jefferson of The Express:

We were clearly the better side today but congratulations to Chelsea. They won the game. We just couldn't find the breakthrough today.

They were obviously set up really deep. I think it was two buses parked today rather than one but they get the win and unfortunately for us we just couldn't make the breakthrough.

In his press conference, Mourinho continued to dismiss Chelsea's Premier League ambitions after the victory. 

Demba Ba's and Willian's strikes were the difference between the sides in a match where Liverpool dominated possession. But Mourinho reaffirmed his status as the Premier League's preeminent tactician and is seemingly keen on replacing Sir Alex Ferguson's as the league's master of psychology. 

Speaking to Sky Sports following the match, via BBC Sport, Mourinho said:

Now we can say we won both matches against the champions. If it's Liverpool, we won both. If it's City, we won both. With these three points we need one point to finish third. It was a good season for us and an evolution in many aspects of this team.

The champions will be City or Liverpool so we have nothing to celebrate.

Obviously many people would be expecting us to come here and lose 3-0 or 5-0 like others. Many people think it was impossible to get this result. But the boys had an amazing performance so I'm so happy for them and for the fans. This is the spirit we always want at Chelsea football club.

In the end, it was Ba whose strike sent Chelsea on their way. The Senegalese man has experienced a tumultuous spell at Stamford Bridge following his move from Newcastle, but as the season draws to a close, his goals have proved vital. 

As Liverpool sought that vital equaliser, Willian made the result secure following Torres' break. 

For all of his heroics this term, it was Steven Gerrard who was to blame for Ba's opener. The Liverpool skipper, under little pressure, slipped and gifted the ball to Ba, who raced through the 40 yards to goal and slipped the ball under Simon Mignolet

Ba still had much to do, but it was a cruel turn of events for Gerrard, who has been a bastion of reliability for the Merseyside club this term. The Mirror's Oliver Holt tweeted the reaction of Chelsea fans to the goal; they certainly had little sympathy for the Liverpool skipper:

Liverpool dominated proceedings both before and after the goal with 73 percent of possession and 26 shots, per BBC Sport. But however hard Liverpool huffed and puffed, they could not blow Jose Mourinho's Branislav Ivanovic-enforced house down. 

Suarez nearly snatched a point for Liverpool at the end, but his rasping shot was parried over the bar by Mark Schwarzer.

And for all that pressure, it was Chelsea who capitalised. Former Anfield hero Torres surged through the Liverpool half and unselfishly squared the ball to Willian to pass into Simon Mignolet's net and send the Chelsea following into raptures. 

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 27:  A dejected Steven Gerrard of Liverpool looks on as the Chelsea fans celebrate after Willian of Chelsea scored their second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield on April 27,
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Liverpool headed into this clash as the overwhelming bookies' favourite for the league title, but Mourinho made his name overcoming the odds. Chelsea cut down Manchester City earlier in the season, and they did it again here against the Reds. 

While they may remain slight favourites for the title, it is now out of Liverpool's hands with Manchester City only six points behind with two games in hand. Chelsea were always likely to pose the greatest challenge in Liverpool's run-in, but similarly, only Everton now realistically stand in City's way. 

Should Liverpool and Manchester City win all of their remaining matches, they would both sit on 86 points. And despite Liverpool's phenomenal record in front of goal this season, they would likely lose out on goal difference to Manuel Pellegrini's men.

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