Liverpool Fail To Beat Chelsea In Last Home Game Of The Season
The only plus side to yesterday's result was how grumpy Fergie was...
The conspiracy theories were out yesterday and in full force after Liverpool lost 2-0 to Chelsea. With Steven Gerrard effectively setting up Didier Drogba with a poorly judged back pass to Pepe Reina and iron man Jamie Carragher insisting that he could not go on, the folks in Manchester were adamant that we had rolled over for the London side.
Just the typical characteristics of a Manchester United fan though isn't it that? Thinking we did it to spite them?
Fact is we just weren't good enough, not many people thought we would be able to do it anyway and with the minimal pressure on the Chelsea goal it was never going to be Liverpool's day.
Liverpool's only shot on target came courtesy of Dutchman Dirk Kuyt but it was the Aquilani screamer that almost had everyone jumping out of their seats.
A great speculative effort from outside the box from the Italian which clipped the top of the bar as the Chelsea defence and Petr Cech began to look relieved.
Chelsea's first goal was a big disappointment for Liverpool fans after it was quite simply undeserved, Reina had no chance when Steven Gerrard made the mistake of laying a back pass when Didier Drogba was still loitering near the Liverpool box.
One nil down but the atmosphere at Anfield was a strange one, of course most fans wanted to win for sake of not turning into a club that cares more about a rival than their own pride but in all honesty with 4th looking almost impossible anyway, it wasn't necessarily a sad feeling to be losing, more so an "ah well".
Liverpool also had to make an early substitution after the impressive Maxi Rodriguez appeared to pick up a problem near half time. Ryan Babel replaced the number 17..
Before the second goal the only other real highlight of Liverpool's display was a superb late tackle from Kyrgiakos to deny Solomon Kalou an Anfield goal.
Chelsea's second again seemed to be smothered with cause for complain from the Red Devil fans in Sunderland after Jamie Carragher the man who will always remain on the field if he thinks he can, appeared to be injured.
After slowing up and left with nothing to do but claim offside Carragher was out of the box when the ball was whipped in to Frank Lampard. Yossi Benayoun did the best he could but the midfielder converted and sent the Blues 2-0 up.
Shortly after the goal the passionate number 23 had to leave the pitch and young Spaniard Daniel Ayala took his role.
As the match continued with no real threat from Liverpool it wasn't exactly a poor performance against a title fighting Chelsea side but it certainly wasn't spectacular. David N'Gog replaced Aquilani in the dying minutes but the young Frenchman could not find Liverpool a consolation goal.
A match to forget for Liverpool and the end of the season can't come quicker for us. With the injury list getting even bigger, the chance of 4th place completely gone, the fact that the likes of Hicks and Gillett are still at the helm and the growing speculation that Rafael Benitez will not be in charge for the 2010/2011 season it is a worrying thought as to what the coming months could bring.
With Hull up next it would be nice to finish the season off with a win and then we can just put this all behind us and move on.
One thing you realise when times are tough at Liverpool and when things aren't going perfectly, the real fans are always there, debating and discussing with heart and feel for the club. Having a good old conversation and helping each other life their spirits.
There's always one fickle fan though for every fan who bleeds Liverpool FC, with each moan and each jibe, they seem to totally miss the real picture. I for one hope the trials and tribulations this season gets rid of some of the stragglers.
2010/2011 - Whatever it may hold for our football club could be the season in which it needs the most support.