Liverpool-Chelsea Live: Preview, Analysis and Post-Match Reaction
Liverpool FC come into this match on an impressive run of results and with Steven Gerrard in full flight following his inspirational hat-trick against Napoli in midweek.
Matches against Chelsea are always tight affairs, usually played when places at the top of the league are at stake. However, after Liverpool's disastrous start this season, they start this game in 16th, just two places above the relegation zone.
Chelsea, on the other hand, have been awesome so far this campaign and sit impressively at the top of the league on twenty-five points, with an astonishing goal difference of twenty-four.
Liverpool fans will be interested to see which team formation Roy Hodgson chooses to employ, with many hoping that his usual use of two holding midfielders, particularly at home, will be dispensed with.
Pepe Reina will no doubt start in goal, as he has been just behind Gerrard as Liverpool's player of the season so far.
Glen Johnson should be back for the side following his outing in the Europa League. Many fans would love to see Johnson employed on the right side of midfield with Martin Kelly filling in the right back role. This would give Johnson more freedom to attack and remove him from his defensive duties.
The job of keeping Didier Drogba quiet should be given to Jamie Carragher and Sotirios Krygiakos. However, Hodgson has been using the partnership of Martin Skrtel and Krygiakos, and it is doubtful he has the presence of mind to drop Skrtel.
In midfield, any sign of Christian Poulsen on the team sheet will fill most Liverpool fans with disappointment. The Dane is just not what fans consider to be a Liverpool-caliber player.
Raul Merieles is finding his feet in the club and adjusting to English football, though he is far more effective in central midfield and tends to disappear when pushed out on the flanks by his manager.
Maxi Rodriguez has begun to show signs of the player he can be when he plays for his country—expect him to start on the left wing.
Dirk Kuyt may make a return to the right flank after a lengthy spell out injured.
Up front, Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard will form their partnership. Gerrard will be riding the wave of adrenalin carried over from his match-winning performance in mid-field.
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With kick-off at 16:00 GMT, all Liverpool fans will be gearing up and getting ready.
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Roy Hodgson will be pleased with an impressive performance and a great win in front of his Boss. Team played with much more passion, want, hunger and desire......amazing what confidence can do for a team.....coming off a good few games, LFC were really up for this one and from the whistle were the better team. Made the champs look average.
John Henry has had a taste of 2 great Anfield games and lucky for Hodgson they may have saved his job. But if Liverpool keep playing like this then they will climb the table and save the manager's skin.
Liverpool showed a different side to themselves today. It was something that fans have not seen very much of this season and now that we have seen it we hope it will continue.
WELL PLAYED LIVERPOOL FOR A COMPLETELY DESERVED WIN.
Reina - Awesome when called upon.....brilliant saves in the later stages.
Kelly - wonderfully solid performance.....surely LFC have found a RB that will allow Johnson into midfield
Carra - Solid and strong and organised his defense
Srktel - a little nervy at times and seemed to be unsure of his touch at times but played well enough
Konchesky - average, not too much to catch the eye except a brave block near the end.
Lucas - Excellent game, composed and calm....winning more and more fans with every game
Gerrard - Consistantly top class, central mid role. Along with Lucas completely dominated the game
Maxi - Getting better, should have scored at the death but improving.
Kuyt - Industrious and fit. His great ball for Torres' goal was sublime.
Meireles - Great disguised pass to FT9 for his 2nd goal. Much better when play in the centre but played well.
FT9 - 2 very well taken goal, hunger, desire and class.....FT9 is back!
LIVERPOOL 2-0 CHELSEA
WONDERFUL WIN FOR REDS!!!! LIVERPOOL HAVE BEATEN THE CHAMPS AND LEADERS!!!
GREAT DISPLAY AND PERFORMANCE....THE KOP WAS MAGNIFICANT AND THE PLAYERS PLAYED THE WAY WE KNOW THEY CAN.
Top class performance and top class win......Reds into the top 10 in the League.
Meireles off Spearing on.......just time wasting sub really.....Kop signing YWNA.
terrible foul from Alex.......what is the card.....it is yellow....closer to the goal and he would have been off....last man.....
Into time added on:
3mins to be added.....surely Reds are going to get the win and points.
Last 5 mins:
Ngog on and Torres off......to a raputous ovation.....completely deserved!!!!
Liverpool must hold on their lead and take the 3 points!
It will be a long 5 mins + added on time.
Sub halted the Chelsea waves but back come the Londoners. It is all blue.....all Reds players in their own half.......
GREAT SAVE FROM REINA....THUNDEROUS SHOT BY ANELKA........PARRIED BY PEPE ON TO THE BAR AND OUT!!!
LFC change......Shelvey on, Kuyt off to a standing ovation......he looks knackered.....but he's done really well.
Chelsea again turn up the pressure.....Kelly doing well again.....its going to be a frantic finish.......corner for Chelsea......Reds on the break.....FT9 tries to run through the whole defense...back come Chelsea...its intense.....corner for Chelsea.....
LFC have changed the formation and FT9 is alone up front.........Meireles is in the middle now and Kuyt on the flank......packing middle of the park to frustrate Chelsea.......Kop have started singing again....
resulting corner and this one is cleared.....
Kuyt gets his own back on the thug for earlier......Sturridge on Zhirkov off.
Reds seem to have gotten through the blue wave......
Liverpool's 1st corner......SG over it.....awwwwww great save from Kuyt.......should have been 3-0
Kop screaming their team on. Reds under the cosh but still holding on......Terry once again shows that he is just a thug and not much more with a charging foul on Kuyt.
Bosingwa on and Ivanovic off.....much more threat down the right now......but he has never won a game when playing against LFC in his whole career.
Liverpool need to string a few passes together....concentration needed.
Chelsea turning the screw but still no goal......Reds need to hold the ball for a bit and put a few passes together. They are in the middle of a blue storm now they just need to hold on and weather it without conceding.
Chelsea putting more pressure on the Reds.....Carra shouting and screaming instructions to his teammates.
WHAT A HELL OF A SAVE FROM PEPE RIENA......AMAZING SAVE!!!!
First save from Pepe.....great save for a corner......Chelsea have changed gear and LFC have to weather this storm that we all knew would come......must not concede
Chelsea have picked the pace a bit and are coming into it much more......
Free Kick to Chelsea.....given away by Srktel....clumbsy tackle.......dangerous........30yards out......alex or drogba........ends harmlessly wide!
No real change.....LFC dominant....Chelsea not really doing much.
Well played Lucas and Kop applauds him.....hounded Malouda. Lucas has really had a good game and maybe winning more fans with every game.
Same same....LFC started with pace but Chelsea are coming back into it more.....as we knew they would. LFC defending well and holding shape. Kelly having a blinder and learning so much from Carra.
46mins and Maxi has a first shot on goal....solid strike from Maxi
Sure enough Drogba on from the start in place of Kalou.....and we are off .
What a 2nd half we have in store....the league leaders have been humbled in the 1st half and LFC have played some lovely attacking football.
Chelsea will come out guns blazing in the 2nd half. Likely to see Drogba at some stage and that will be a problem. LFC will need to weather the inevitable Chelsea storm.
Londonner will have chances and LFC must stand fast and hold on. But as they chase the game, there may be more goals for the Reds.
MEET LFC'S NEW LUCKY CHARM!
Mrs. John Henry has taken Liverpool to her heart and we have taken her to ours......she's brought some glamour to the director's box but more importantly shown a real desire to be part of Anfield and sings along to the songs!
If we win this game, it will be 2 wins out of 2 for her!
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