Liverpool beats Chelsea 4-1 in Premier League
Liverpool took advantage of Chelsea’s erratic defending to earn
an emphatic 4-1 win on Tuesday, gaining a small measure of revenge
for Saturday’s FA Cup final loss and putting the Blues out of
contention for fourth place in the Premier League.
Three days after Chelsea beat Liverpool 2-1 at Wembley, the Reds
dominated from the start in their last home game of the season and
were up 3-0 within 30 minutes. While Stewart Downing missed a
penalty right before halftime and Ramires pulled one back for
Chelsea after the break, Jonjo Shelvey took advantage of backup
goalkeeper Ross Turnbull’s blunder to put the game away with his
first Premier League goal for Liverpool.
”It was an excellent performance,” Liverpool manager Kenny
Dalglish said. ”The pleasing thing is the performance was matched
by the result and also the fact the supporters could go away from
the final match of the season here with a smile on their
Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo made eight changes from
Saturday, and the players on the pitch seemed to already have their
minds on the Champions League final against Bayern Munich as they
looked lethargic throughout. A win against Bayern in Munich is now
the only route for Chelsea back into the Champions League next
season, as the loss means it cannot overtake Tottenham for fourth
”It wasn’t the team selection. We have to give credit to them
(Liverpool),” Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo said. ”We have
played with these players the whole season and they have carried us
so far and we still had a chance with two games to qualify for
fourth spot. … But you know how demanding it has been for us – we
have played every three days in the last eight weeks – and I
thought tonight I thought a team which was energetic and fresh
mentally would give us a chance.”
Captain John Terry was one of the few holdovers from Wembley,
but had a horrendous start to the game. Luis Suarez easily went
past him as he produced a great run down the right side and into
the area, and the Uruguay forward’s attempted cross was knocked by
Michael Essien into his own net in the 19th minute.
Terry then slipped six minutes later to set Jordan Henderson
free on goal, and the Liverpool player calmly slotted the ball past
Turnbull. It was a similar scene to Terry’s slip during Chelsea’s
5-3 loss against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge earlier this season,
which set Robin van Persie free to score.
Three minutes later, Andy Carroll headed the ball down for
Daniel Agger to make it 3-0 and effectively make sure of a
Liverpool victory in the last game at Anfield this season.
The hosts looked likely to add a few more, as Stewart Downing
blasted a great volley from outside the area against the crossbar
before Carroll was knocked down in the area by Branislav Ivanovic
for a penalty on the stroke of halftime. However, Downing hit the
woodwork again, sending his spot kick against the post to leave
Chelsea with a flicker of hope going into the break.
That hope grew when Ramires pushed the ball over the line
following a scramble in the area in the 50th, but another defensive
mistake cost Chelsea again. Turnbull sent an attempted clearance
straight at Shelvey, who blasted the ball into an empty net from 30
yards in the 61st to give Liverpool its biggest Premier League
victory of the season.