It would be wrong to portray Kenny Dalglish's side as saboteurs. They may not have been in the ascendancy throughout the match but they did reach the heights with a neat winner in the 87th minute. Charlie Adam's piercing pass was collected by the former Chelsea right-back Glen Johnson, who went past Ashley Cole before shooting into the far corner of the net.
There is something incongruous about so worldly a squad as Chelsea's being taken advantage of in that manner. The brittleness will be cured only when the steel returns to the midfield as well as the back four.
The losers, all the same, should not be entitled to hog the attention. Liverpool were never cowed and did not need the £35m Andy Carroll to make an impression in attack, although he was introduced as a substitute in the 89th minute.
Kevin McCarra, The Guardian
Dalglish has revelled in some good moments for Liverpool here, notably sealing the title with a splendid volley in 1986, and his beaming smile has not changed.
If Dalglish’s features vividly captured the thrill of victory, Andre Villas-Boas desperately sought to put a brave face on a damaging defeat that highlighted the scale of the rebuilding job here.
Henry Winter, Daily Telegraph
Kenny Dalglish said that it was no less than his team deserved, although they were much more convincing in the first half when Chelsea's defence was pressed into chaos, especially in the build-up to Maxi Rodriguez's opening goal. In the later stages, Jordan Henderson was introduced to great effect and his presence in midfield, as a replacement for Craig Bellamy, galvanised Liverpool.
Dalglish's problem is that Liverpool have suffered for their inability to see off the league's lesser lights. Had they beaten Norwich City and Swansea over the last four weeks, they would find themselves sitting in third place in the table.
Sam Wallace, The Independent