Chelsea vs. Liverpool: A Liverpool Fan's Perspective

Des CookeContributor IIINovember 20, 2011

The hero.
The hero.Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

What an unbelievable match. 

After Liverpool's hugely disappointing scoreless draw with Swansea, the pressure was on the boys in red to secure a result at Stamford Bridge. 

As heavy as the pressure on Liverpool was, it was nothing compared to the pressure that Chelsea—and particularly Andres Villes-Boas—were under. After losing to QPR in the West London derby, Chelsea then lost 5-3 to Arsene Wenger's Arsenal.

With Guus Hiddink now available, AVB must be feeling the pressure of managing a huge club. 

Now, instead of focusing on the problems down in London, let's look at the match.

Both teams were coming off bad results, and both needed a win. Chelsea dominated the first 10 minutes, but as the half progressed, Liverpool came into the game. Charlie Adam started getting more time on the ball; with him linking the defense and the offense, Liverpool started to get more chances. 

The breakthrough finally came in the 33rd minute. John Obi Mikel hung onto the ball too long and was dispossessed by Charlie Adam. Adam then fed the ball to Bellamy, who after a quick 1-2 with Suarez, unselfishly laid the ball to Maxi, who swept the ball past Peter Cech.

Liverpool then came close a few times up until the halftime whistle.

During halftime, AVB substituted John Obi Mikel, who had been having an awful game, for Daniel Sturridge.

This turned out to be a stroke of genius.

After halftime, the tide immediately turned. Liverpool just didn't have as much time on the ball, and in the 55th minute, the substitute Sturridge tapped in Malouda's volleyed cross. Chelsea then had numerous chances, right up to the 87th minute. 

Then Liverpool's star performer, Charlie Adam, played a diagonal ball to Johnson, who side-stepped past Ashley Cole and swept into the net with an ice-cool finish. The goal finally heralded Glen Johnson's return to fitness after a six-month absence.  

There were then six very nervous minutes until the final whistle.

The 2-1 result means Liverpool move up to fifth and are level on points with Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs. They are also only three points off Newcastle.

Bring on Man City. 

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