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The ball is crossed by Nicolas Anelka.
Leiva Lucas fouled by John Terry, the ref awards a free kick. Jose Reina restarts play with the free kick.
Dirk Kuyt challenges Salomon Kalou unfairly and gives away a free kick. Michael Essien takes the free kick.
Ashley Cole crosses the ball.
A cross is delivered by Fabio Aurelio.
The ball is swung over by Florent Malouda.
Florent Malouda crosses the ball, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Salomon Kalou goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
Frank Lampard has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the target.
Christian Poulsen comes on in place of Raul Meireles.
The official flags Dirk Kuyt offside. Free kick taken by Michael Essien.
Ashley Cole delivers the ball.
Centre by Fabio Aurelio.
Short corner taken by Fabio Aurelio.
Fabio Aurelio takes a shot. Petr Cech makes a save.
Branislav Ivanovic produces a cross.
Raul Meireles fouled by Michael Essien, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Daniel Agger.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Didier Drogba on Steven Gerrard. Direct free kick taken by Jose Reina.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marinho David Luiz by Dirk Kuyt. Free kick taken by Marinho David Luiz.
Handball by Raul Meireles. Free kick crossed by Didier Drogba, clearance made by Martin Skrtel.
Rodriguez Maxi goes off and Fabio Aurelio comes on. The assistant referee signals for offside against Didier Drogba. Jose Reina takes the free kick.
Leiva Lucas booked. Raul Meireles takes a shot. Blocked by Marinho David Luiz. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Salomon Kalou by Leiva Lucas. Direct free kick taken by Marinho David Luiz.
Marinho David Luiz on for Jose Bosingwa.
Florent Malouda takes a shot. Save by Jose Reina.
Mikel leaves the field to be replaced by Florent Malouda.
The ball is crossed by Jose Bosingwa, save by Jose Reina.
The ball is delivered by Ashley Cole.
Raul Meireles scores a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Chelsea 0-1 Liverpool.Steven Gerrard provided the assist for the goal.
Michael Essien produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the goal.
Fernando Torres leaves the field to be replaced by Salomon Kalou.
Nicolas Anelka has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the target.
Jose Bosingwa crosses the ball, Leiva Lucas makes a clearance.
Martin Skrtel delivers the ball.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Glen Johnson by Nicolas Anelka. Free kick crossed right-footed by Raul Meireles, save by Petr Cech.
Ashley Cole has an effort at goal from outside the area which misses left.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mikel by Raul Meireles. Mikel restarts play with the free kick.
Nicolas Anelka takes a shot. Blocked by Leiva Lucas. Corner from the right by-line taken by Frank Lampard, Branislav Ivanovic produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the crossbar.
Didier Drogba takes a shot. Blocked by Martin Kelly. Didier Drogba takes the inswinging corner, Jamie Carragher makes a clearance.
Glen Johnson produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses wide left of the target.
The ball is crossed by Raul Meireles.
Steven Gerrard challenges Ashley Cole unfairly and gives away a free kick. Petr Cech takes the free kick.
Branislav Ivanovic challenges Dirk Kuyt unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Daniel Agger.
Centre by Martin Skrtel, John Terry manages to make a clearance.
Martin Skrtel crosses the ball, clearance made by John Terry.
The ball is delivered by Martin Skrtel, save by Petr Cech.
Rodriguez Maxi crosses the ball.
Leiva Lucas challenges Michael Essien unfairly and gives away a free kick. Didier Drogba restarts play with the free kick.
Steven Gerrard crosses the ball, clearance by John Terry.
The ball is crossed by Michael Essien, clearance by Daniel Agger.
Rodriguez Maxi sends in a cross.
John Terry fouled by Dirk Kuyt, the ref awards a free kick. John Terry takes the direct free kick.
Steven Gerrard sends in a cross, save by Petr Cech.
Corner taken by Didier Drogba from the right by-line to the near post, Branislav Ivanovic has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
Jose Bosingwa delivers the ball, clearance by Leiva Lucas.
Rodriguez Maxi takes a shot.
Didier Drogba gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Martin Skrtel. Martin Skrtel takes the free kick.
Raul Meireles takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech.
Fernando Torres takes a shot. Blocked by Jamie Carragher.
Steven Gerrard takes the inswinging corner, Didier Drogba manages to make a clearance.
The ball is sent over by Steven Gerrard, clearance by Mikel.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Frank Lampard, Branislav Ivanovic produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand post.
Daniel Agger concedes a free kick for a foul on Fernando Torres. Free kick crossed right-footed by Didier Drogba from right wing, Leiva Lucas manages to make a clearance.
Centre by Ashley Cole, Daniel Agger makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dirk Kuyt by Branislav Ivanovic. Daniel Agger takes the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Raul Meireles played to the near post, clearance made by Didier Drogba.
Jamie Carragher sends in a cross, blocked by Branislav Ivanovic.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ashley Cole by Martin Kelly. Petr Cech restarts play with the free kick.
Didier Drogba takes a shot.
The referee blows for offside against Dirk Kuyt. Branislav Ivanovic takes the free kick.
The referee blows for offside against Fernando Torres. Jose Reina restarts play with the free kick.
Handball decision goes against Ashley Cole. Jose Reina takes the free kick.
Martin Kelly produces a cross, John Terry manages to make a clearance.
Didier Drogba concedes a free kick for a foul on Jamie Carragher. Free kick taken by Jamie Carragher.
The ball is swung over by Glen Johnson.
Nicolas Anelka is ruled offside. Daniel Agger restarts play with the free kick.
Effort on goal by Fernando Torres from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
The referee cautions Mikel for unsporting behaviour. Foul by Mikel on Steven Gerrard, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Raul Meireles.
Torres: I'll soon be back to my best
Fernando Torres has promised Chelsea fans he is on the brink of recapturing the form that made him arguably the best striker in the world.
Torres is set to make his debut for the Barclays Premier League champions in the much-hyped meeting with the club he controversially quit on transfer deadline day, Liverpool.
Having been rated by many as the the world's number one centre-forward during his first two seasons at Anfield, the 26-year-old endured an injury-hit 2010, which saw him struggle to maintain that level of performance.
He was widely regarded as a passenger during Spain's World Cup triumph and appeared disinterested in the eyes of some observers during Roy Hodgson's doomed Liverpool reign.
Torres insists he was always fully committed to the Anfield cause and that any dip was due to a lack of match fitness and confidence.
The appointment of Kenny Dalglish as manager provided a boost in the latter department and Torres' last four games for Liverpool saw him net three times.
The #50million man said: "In the last two months, I've been playing, if not at my best, close to my best.
"I expect to be a bit better for the rest of the season. Last year, was difficult with two surgeries on my knees.
"I needed time to recover. I did."
Manager Carlo Ancelotti is still to decide whether to throw Torres in at the deep end against his former club or start him from the bench.
It is a similar story for Torres' ex-team-mate Jamie Carragher, who was an unused substitute in Liverpool's midweek win over Stoke after two months out following shoulder surgery.
A lifelong Reds fan, Carragher this week refused to pander to the shirt-burning brigade by insisting he held no grudge against Torres for jumping ship.
Torres said: "Hopefully I can play, and he can too.
"I would like to play against him because he's a top player.
"I like playing against the best, as I liked to play against (John) Terry and (Rio) Ferdinand.
"I'm expecting a hard game. I know he's a big Liverpool fan. As a footballer, I'm sure he understands my decision.
"Plenty of my ex-team-mates have congratulated me for this move."
While Ancelotti may ease Torres in from the bench, he admits it makes no sense to spend #50million on a long-term substitute.
"We bought Fernando obviously because we want him to play for us," he said.
"Not just this game, though. There are a lot of games in his future and he will score a lot of goals."
Liverpool goalkeeper Jose Reina prepares to face Torres insisting he is not bitter about his compatriot's Anfield exit earlier this week.
Reina said Torres' decision did not matter now to Liverpool, repeating the mantra instilled by manager Kenny Dalglish that no-one is bigger than the club.
"It is football. It happens season after season, players come and go," said the goalkeeper.
"Fernando was great for us in three and a half seasons. He did everything for this club.
"Maybe he did not leave at the right time but it was an opportunity for him and #50million in the bank is double the price which we paid for him.
"It is personal he decided to leave, he thought it was an opportunity for him to keep growing as a player and we have to respect that.
"Some of the people are saying now he is being disrespectful to Liverpool but in my eyes what Fernando gave to Liverpool was huge.
"He grew up with Liverpool and Liverpool, as a team, grew up with him.
"Players come and go on a daily basis but what stays is the club and the supporters - that is the most important part to the club."
Torres overshadowed as Reds win
Fernando Torres' much-anticipated Chelsea debut ended in disappointment for player and club as Raul Meireles sealed a memorable 1-0 win for the Spaniard's former Liverpool team-mates.
Meireles hooked home from close range after 68 minutes to take the game - and potentially any lingering title aspirations - from the big-spending Blues.
It was a different story for #50million Torres though, with the most expensive player in British football history hauled off after 65 unremarkable minutes.
Torres received a noisy reception when his name was called, with his new fans cheering and his old ones booing the announcement.
The game was little more than a minute old when he had his first sight of Liverpool's goal, courtesy of a mislaid pass from Maxi Rodriguez.
The Spaniard took a couple of touches towards the edge of the area before aiming for the top corner, but there was too much elevation on the shot.
Liverpool continued to show nerves, Dirk Kuyt giving away possession in the middle of the park after under-hitting his pass to the lively Martin Kelly.
Torres followed suit when he next saw the ball, taking a heavy touch and surrendering possession under pressure from Steven Gerrard.
With Torres partnering Didier Drogba in attack, Nicolas Anelka's role was a more withdrawn one but the Frenchman struggled to create much in the opening 15 minutes.
Jamie Carragher and Kuyt combined well down the right to fashion a rare Liverpool attack but the Dutchman's cross could not find the waiting Meireles.
There was a heart-stopping moment for Martin Skrtel when Anelka nearly robbed him on the edge of the penalty box but the centre-half did well to hook away Ashley Cole's cross from the left.
Daniel Agger floored Torres, to the amusement of the away contingent, when he tried to pass him on the left flank but the free-kick was harmless from Drogba.
Torres gave a glimpse of his sure touch when he flicked the ball to Frank Lampard to set up a quick break and moments later he had the chance to show his predatory instincts from eight yards.
He got on the end of Drogba's pass but saw the diving Carragher smother his shot.
With 33 minutes gone Liverpool should have had the lead.
Following good work by Glen Johnson, Gerrard drilled the ball across the face of the Chelsea goal and to Maxi at the far post.
The Argentina winger fluffed his connection from point-blank range and saw the ball canon back off the crossbar.
If the first-half's lack of quality could be explained away as nervous tension following the Torres transfer, the drab start to the second was a disappointment.
It took seven minutes for the first move of note, Kuyt handing Johnson a shooting chance from 20 yards, and even then no save was needed.
The hosts started to come to life after that, Drogba and Anelka each forcing corners as they looked to test Reina.
Torres continued to be a subdued presence and it did not help his cause that each time the ball came his way, at least two former team-mates were on hand to relieve him of it.
Kuyt, meanwhile, was working hard in the Spaniard's former lone striker role but with Luis Suarez waiting on the bench Liverpool had more explosive options in reserve.
Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti clearly felt he did too and with 65 minutes gone he called time on an unremarkable Torres debut by sending on Salomon Kalou.
The Reds took the lead soon after, Gerrard breaking down the right and whipping a ball into the centre that neither Petr Cech nor Branislav Ivanovic came to meet.
The ball evaded Kuyt but Meireles was rewarded for his supporting run and hooked the ball home with aplomb.
Drogba tested Reina at the near post as Ancelotti's men attempted to rescue both the game and their title challenge and also made a hopeful appeal for handball in the Liverpool area with 10 minutes remaining.
Liverpool had chances on the counter, substitute Fabio Aurelio hammering one at Cech's near post and drawing a smart save.
The Blues became increasingly frenzied in their attempts to draw level and the first appearance of new #20million signing David Luiz, as a replacement, passed by almost unnoticed.
Ivanovic appealed for a penalty as injury-time began, but the officials were rightly uninterested.
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