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Liverpool 2 Vs Chelsea 2

 

Anne Williams, the inspirational Hillsborough campaigner who died on Thursday, three days after defying doctor's orders to attend the 24th memorial service, and the victims of the Boston marathon bombing were honoured with a minute's ovation before kick-off.

Daniel Agger landed awkwardly after a nudge from the Torres in the second minute, and was fortunate his left knee did not buckle and Jamie Carragher received a flailing arm in the face when challenging for a high ball. Torres received a yellow card and, later on, a little retribution on the back of his calf.

I think the reds got bogged down with the Benítez sideshow in the first half and our distribution and movement was poor. Ramires and Mikel John Obi intercepted and protected Chelsea while Oscar, Juan Mata and Eden Hazard bypassed Liverpool with ease.

Chelsea took the first half lead when Oscar sent a glancing header beyond Pepe Reina's left hand from Mata's corner, having escaped both Agger, his initial marker, and Carragher, the defender covering the edge of the six-yard box. Reina almost compounded Liverpool's defensive brittleness when he dropped a David Luiz free-kick behind him, only to gather in just before it crossed the line.

Only when Sturridge replaced the out of sorts Philippe Coutinho did the reds finally show the energy and invention to worry Chelsea. Sturridge was a man on a mission against his former club, creating a glorious chance for Steven Gerrard seconds after his introduction that Cech saved with his leg and then he hit the post with a venomous drive.

His inevitable goal arrived after 52 minutes when he volleyed home from close range following a flowing Liverpool move involving Carragher, Stewart Downing and finally a wonderful chip over the Chelsea defence from Suárez.

The Uruguay international's afternoon started to deteriorate when he handled a Mata corner inside his own area and Hazard sending Reina the wrong way from the resulting penalty.

Then came the moment this match will be remembered for as Suárez tussled with Ivanovic in front of the Kop, when for some reason only known to Luis he decided to bite the Chelsea defender.

After the game settled back down it was Suárez who took his tally to thirty goals for the season, but I am not sure that will be the talking point this week!!

 

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