CHELSEA 1 – 1 LIVERPOOL
Liverpool fared well against the already crowned Premier League champions. We weren’t victorious, but we didn’t lose either. How many can say they didn’t lose against Chelsea at their own ground this season? Not many. Only 8 other draws and 2 defeats happened to Chelsea this season, including away games.
A feeling of justice was still served up by this result, despite neither team losing this fixture. Chelsea’s fans had been disrespectful of Steven Gerrard ever since the game in the 2013-2014 season where Gerrard slipped over and giving the ball away to a Chelsea player, leading to a goal for our opposition and they took all three points that day. The Chelsea fans would keep referring to Gerrard as “Slippy G” (instead of Stevie G) whenever he was mentioned, not allowing him to just put it all behind him and forget about the nightmare which was the beginning of the end for Liverpool’s title dreams that season. Eventually Liverpool lost out to Manchester City who rose to the top of the table and pushed ahead by only a couple of points to take away what was Liverpool’s and Gerrard’s best chance to win the league since 1989-1990.
Well, the best way for players to truly silence their critics is to perform exceedingly well on the pitch and Gerrard did that, contributing well throughout the game and even scoring the only goal of the game for Liverpool – the one that made sure Chelsea wouldn’t take every point available to them.
Rodgers would start Gerrard as captain and also Rickie Lambert would once more start the game as Mario Balotelli is only just recently back to training after picking up an injury and was not ready for such a big competitive game just yet. Academy young star Jerome Sinclair would be a substitute and used eventually in the second half, replacing Rickie Lambert and getting to play for just over 20 minutes.
The first half would start with Fabregas being shown a yellow card in under two minutes. It’s been known for Chelsea to play a very physical game in the past and some fans even claimed that Fabregas foul was worthy of a red card, but it didn’t turn out that way.
Just three minutes later John Terry would score the first goal of the game, providing sufficient motivation (as if we didn’t have enough) for Liverpool to have to score if they wanted any points at all from the game. By the end of the first half, we would have responded with a goal of our own though. Surprisingly, the second half saw no goals from either side at all.
Steven Gerrard’s goal was well worked and came from a set piece which may have been practiced at the training ground. A free kick was taken shortly after a foul by Ivanovic and Jordan Henderson provided the assist for Gerrard with a cross that was met with a fine header by Gerrard (he’s been scoring headers recently and they’ve all been very fine goals). A nice response to anyone that feels they still want to make fun of him. Say what you want about him, but he’s the legend that just put the ball in your net and eventually stopped you from winning the game. He’s officially named as my Man of the Match for all his efforts and his goal in this game.
The referee would hand out seven yellow cards in total for this game and three of them went to Liverpool in the first half. Lallana, Skrtel and Lambert all received bookings within the first half hour of the game. The Fabregas early foul and Branislav Ivanovic late foul would be the bookable offences for Chelsea in the first half. There never would be a second yellow or red card for any player though. Certainly, one of the reasons Liverpool may not have scored in the second half is that Chelsea were prepared to foul us and get booked for it, seemingly an acceptable price for not allowing Liverpool to score again and win against Chelsea at their own ground in the season that they had become League Champions. The final whistle would eventually blow and neither team had been defeated. Chelsea 1 – 1 Liverpool
Liverpool earned their single point and will continue their season with the last home game of the season they’ll play now. It will be a momentus occasion for Steven Gerrard and Liverpool as the climax of 2015 draws to it’s conclusion.
Keep walking on, Anfield Family. Walk on with hope in your heart. You’ll Never Walk Alone.
[written by] Stuart Drewery.
I’m an Englishman (born and raised in Liverpool in the 80s). My whole family including my parents and grandparents were Liverpool fans so i was born into being a red.
I’ve seen Liverpool win the league (about 25 years ago) and I’ve been 100% loyal and committed while supporting the Reds through all the good times AND the bad times since the 80s.
I’m a die hard Liverpool fan (only supported ONE club in my whole life, Liverpool) and one of the most dedicated fans you’ll ever meet.