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Raul Meireles produces a right-footed shot from long range which goes wide right of the goal.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on John Terry by Andy Carroll. Direct free kick taken by Ashley Cole.
(Liverpool) makes a substitution, with Andy Carroll coming on for Luis Suarez.
Effort from long distance by Luis Suarez goes wide of the left-hand upright.
A goal is scored by Glen Johnson from inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Chelsea 1-2 Liverpool.Assist by Charlie Adam.
Daniel Sturridge produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
Effort from deep inside the area by Dirk Kuyt misses to the left of the target.
The ball is sent over by Florent Malouda.
Fernando Torres on for Didier Drogba. Raul Meireles is brought on as a substitute for Ramires.
Daniel Agger is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Petr Cech.
Corner taken left-footed by Charlie Adam, Petr Cech makes a save.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Charlie Adam, David Luiz manages to make a clearance.
Luis Suarez fouled by Branislav Ivanovic, the ref awards a free kick. Branislav Ivanovic goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Charlie Adam from left channel, Ramires manages to make a clearance.
(Liverpool) makes a substitution, with Stewart Downing coming on for Rodriguez Maxi.
Juan Mata takes a shot. Martin Skrtel gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken by Juan Mata, Daniel Sturridge produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
The ball is crossed by Branislav Ivanovic, Florent Malouda produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand post.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Glen Johnson by Didier Drogba. Jose Reina takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Luis Suarez on John Terry. Free kick taken by John Terry.
Florent Malouda delivers the ball, Didier Drogba produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
Florent Malouda produces a overhead kick left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Craig Bellamy goes off and Jordan Henderson comes on.
Ashley Cole delivers the ball.
Foul by Dirk Kuyt on Florent Malouda, free kick awarded. Dirk Kuyt booked for unsporting behaviour. John Terry takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Martin Skrtel by Ramires results in a free kick. Ramires goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour. Leiva Lucas restarts play with the free kick.
Florent Malouda delivers the ball, Martin Skrtel manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sanchez Jose Enrique by Daniel Sturridge. Sanchez Jose Enrique takes the direct free kick. Effort from outside the penalty box by Luis Suarez goes wide left of the target.
Frank Lampard concedes a free kick for a foul on Glen Johnson. Martin Skrtel restarts play with the free kick.
Didier Drogba delivers the ball, Daniel Agger makes a clearance.
Effort from 25 yards by Frank Lampard. Blocked by Daniel Agger.
The ball is sent over by Ashley Cole, save by Jose Reina.
Juan Mata takes a shot. Save by Jose Reina.
Foul by Charlie Adam on Ashley Cole, free kick awarded. Didier Drogba crosses the ball, Branislav Ivanovic takes a shot. Save made by Jose Reina. Juan Mata takes a short corner.
Florent Malouda takes a shot. A goal is scored by Daniel Sturridge from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool.Florent Malouda provided the assist for the goal.
Florent Malouda sends in a cross, clearance made by Daniel Agger.
Florent Malouda produces a cross, clearance made by Daniel Agger.
Corner taken right-footed by Craig Bellamy from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Frank Lampard.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Juan Mata, Daniel Agger manages to make a clearance.
Sanchez Jose Enrique has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area missing to the wide left of the goal.
Didier Drogba produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.
Luis Suarez concedes a free kick for a foul on Branislav Ivanovic. Ramires takes the free kick.
Florent Malouda gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dirk Kuyt. Shot on goal comes in from Charlie Adam from the free kick.
Glen Johnson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Florent Malouda. Didier Drogba crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left by-line, Glen Johnson makes a clearance. Juan Mata takes the inswinging corner, Header from close range by David Luiz misses to the right of the goal.
Daniel Sturridge comes on in place of Mikel.
Corner taken by Charlie Adam from the right by-line to the near post, Frank Lampard manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Daniel Agger by Didier Drogba. Jose Reina takes the free kick.
David Luiz challenges Charlie Adam unfairly and gives away a free kick. David Luiz is given a yellow card. Luis Suarez shoots direct from the free kick.
Ramires concedes a free kick for a foul on Leiva Lucas. Daniel Agger takes the free kick.
Handball by Craig Bellamy. John Terry restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is delivered by Florent Malouda, clearance made by Martin Skrtel. Florent Malouda takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Leiva Lucas makes a clearance. Corner taken left-footed by Florent Malouda from the left by-line, Branislav Ivanovic produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
Foul by Craig Bellamy on Ashley Cole, free kick awarded. Frank Lampard takes the free kick.
Goal scored by Rodriguez Maxi from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Chelsea 0-1 Liverpool.Assist on the goal came from Craig Bellamy.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sanchez Jose Enrique by Juan Mata. Jose Reina takes the direct free kick.
David Luiz fouled by Leiva Lucas, the ref awards a free kick. Leiva Lucas goes into the book. Petr Cech takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Didier Drogba by Charlie Adam. Mikel takes the free kick.
Centre by Glen Johnson, save by Petr Cech.
Foul by Daniel Agger on Didier Drogba, free kick awarded. Didier Drogba has an effort direct from the free kick.
Glen Johnson fouled by Mikel, the ref awards a free kick. Leiva Lucas takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Luiz by Charlie Adam. David Luiz restarts play with the free kick.
Glen Johnson takes a shot. Petr Cech makes a save.
Craig Bellamy crosses the ball, Branislav Ivanovic manages to make a clearance. Corner taken by Charlie Adam from the right by-line played to the near post, Juan Mata manages to make a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Rodriguez Maxi by Ramires results in a free kick. Charlie Adam restarts play with the free kick.
Shot by Mikel from a long way out goes over the crossbar.
The ball is delivered by Florent Malouda, Juan Mata takes a shot.
The referee penalises Craig Bellamy for handball. Mikel takes the free kick.
Rodriguez Maxi fouled by Branislav Ivanovic, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Daniel Agger.
Mikel is penalised for a handball. Direct free kick taken by Sanchez Jose Enrique.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Didier Drogba. Jose Reina takes the indirect free kick.
Liverpool are still contenders - Villas-Boas
Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas has refused to rule Liverpool out of the Barclays Premier League title race, despite them having slipped 12 points behind leaders Manchester City.
Three draws in their last three home games have seen the Reds lose touch at the top of the table, and they could be 15 points behind by the time they face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday should City win again on Saturday afternoon.
However, despite their inconsistent form, Villas-Boas insisted Kenny Dalglish's men were still title contenders because of their huge recruitment drive this year.
"I've always seen them as title contenders because it's been assumed by them that they would do it," Villas-Boas said.
"Dalglish has made the necessary changes to Liverpool for them to progress to title contenders this year.
"He made seven changes to the team, seven coming in, which represents the type of commitment the ownership have to put them back on title-winning ways.
"They are one of the biggest clubs in England and I always assumed they were challenging for the title."
For Villas-Boas to say otherwise would cast doubt on the championship credentials of his own side, who have themselves fallen nine points behind City.
Defeat on Sunday would see Liverpool move level with Chelsea, who could then be facing a 12-point gap of their own.
And if Tottenham to beat Aston Villa on Monday night, the Blues might find themselves outside of the top four.
That is a scenario billionaire owner Roman Abramovich is unlikely to countenance for too long judging by previous experience.
The Russian wasted little time jettisoning Luiz Felipe Scolari almost three years ago when he began to fear the club may not qualify for the Champions League.
And with the man who was parachuted in to save Chelsea's season back then - Guus Hiddink - now back on the managerial market, defeat on Sunday would put real pressure on Villas-Boas.
But the 34-year-old insisted losing to Liverpool would be far from a disaster, pointing out Chelsea almost managed to claw back an even greater deficit from February last season.
"Chelsea's recovery last season was from February onwards," he said. "April, March and May are still tight in terms of the calendar.
"All the top teams will most likely be involved in the Champions League, which can dictate tiredness or less response in terms of the Premier League."
However, with crucial Champions League games and a Carling Cup quarter-final also coming up, Villas-Boas acknowledged the next month is crucial for his side.
"It's a good period for the different competitions," he said. "You can qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League, the Premier League can maybe start taking its pattern by the end of December.
"There's also a quarter-final in the Carling Cup with Liverpool, which gives us a chance to go into that competition next year."
Villas-Boas is expecting everyone but Michael Essien to be fit, with the midfielder on course to return from knee surgery at the turn of the year.
Sunday's game will almost certainly see a recall for former Reds striker Fernando Torres, who started on the bench against Blackburn before the international break.
Liverpool goalkeeper Jose Reina faces up to his old team-mate with a warning that no-one should write off his fellow Spain international.
The 27-year-old has, by his own admission, had a difficult time settling in at Stamford Bridge since his #50million transfer in January.
Torres has scored just three times in the Premier League and twice in the Champions League since making the move to London.
But Reina, a close friend and Torres' former neighbour in Woolton in Liverpool, believes the striker will come good again.
"He is the same player but it is a different team so it is difficult to judge (how he compares to his best form for Liverpool)," he said at the launch of his book Pepe: My Autobiography.
"I think there are a lot of periods when goalscorers lives are like that.
"Sometimes you do it, sometimes you go through bad spells but Fernando does know how to score and is a very good player.
"With Juan Mata (another international team-mate) behind him he will deliver more goals and will be better.
"He (Torres) is such a good player and he will be a real threat for us - not just him because they have a lot of good players that can create us problems.
"It is going to be a tough game. We have to do things right and hopefully we will take three massive points."
Defender Jamie Carragher (calf) is in contention to return while Luis Suarez is expected to start despite being rested for Uruguay in midweek as a precautionary measure after a minor back problem.
Johnson back to bite Blues
Glen Johnson scored a sensational late winner to earn Liverpool three vital Barclays Premier League points in a 2-1 win at his old club Chelsea.
Former Blues full-back Johnson netted a brilliant solo effort to inflict his former side's third defeat in four league matches and leave both teams 12 points behind Manchester City.
Each side committed bad defensive errors to concede earlier goals, with Maxi Rodriguez giving Liverpool a half-time lead on his first league start of the season and substitute Daniel Sturridge equalising shortly after the break.
A draw was arguably a fair result but that had also been the case in Chelsea's games against Manchester United and Arsenal this season when they also ended up on the losing side.
Today's loss cast further doubt on manager Andre Villas-Boas' Stamford Bridge revolution, with the Blues now looking set to drop out of the top four, something billionaire owner Roman Abramovich is unlikely to tolerate for long.
The Russian watched his prize asset left on the bench this afternoon as Fernando Torres and Liverpool's Andy Carroll both failed to start.
The game did bring together the two players accused of racially abusing an opponent in recent weeks.
Both John Terry and Luis Suarez, who strenuously deny the allegations made against them, were both spared the kind of hostile reception from rival fans they might expect against other opponents.
Liverpool made the more impressive start, almost exploiting Chelsea's now notoriously high defensive line by twice Rodriguez getting beyond Suarez and Bellamy.
It took 10 minutes for the home side to seriously threaten, Juan Mata drilling Florent Malouda's cross dangerously back across goal.
At the other end, Branislav Ivanovic got a vital touch on Bellamy's cross before Johnson wasted a great opportunity to tee up a team-mate after a barnstorming run.
Liverpool, wearing black armbands in memory of the son of goalkeeper Brad Jones, who died of leukaemia on Friday, were looking more than comfortable, although Drogba hit the stanchion with a free-kick some supporters thought had gone in.
Terry, whose error cost Chelsea dearly against Arsenal in their last home game, made another gaffe in the 28th minute when he was robbed by Kuyt but David Luiz snuffed out the Liverpool attack.
Lucas was booked for clattering into the defender but the visitors' pressure was beginning to tell and they took the lead five minutes later after more horrendous defending.
John Obi Mikel dwelt on Petr Cech's pass and Charlie Adam robbed him, fed Craig Bellamy, who played a one-two with Suarez before feeding Rodriguez to clip over the goalkeeper.
An angry exchange between Terry and Bellamy, who have had more than one run in down the years, was calmed by referee Lee Probert.
With Chelsea's title bid threatening to unravel entirely, Villas-Boas hauled off Mikel for Sturridge at half-time.
It almost paid off four minutes in when Frank Lampard and Mata combined to find Drogba, who curled over from a good position.
The home side still looked uncertain whenever Liverpool broke but their pressure told in the 55th minute thanks to some rotten defending from the visitors.
Malouda was allowed to advance into the box and his cross-cum-shot was tapped home by Sturridge.
A wonder-save from Jose Reina stopped Ivanovic glancing home Drogba's free-kick two minutes later as Chelsea continued to dominate.
Ramires was booked for a late tackle on Martin Skrtel, with Kuyt following suit after hauling back Malouda.
Liverpool threw on Jordan Henderson for Bellamy in a bid to stem the tide, although Malouda went close with an audacious overhead kick.
The winger then sent a half-volley from Ivanovic's cross back across the face of goal and over the heads of waiting team-mates as Torres and Carroll both warmed up on the touchline.
They were made to wait even longer as the next change saw Stewart Downing replace Rodriguez before Ivanovic was cautioned for a nasty tackle on Suarez.
With just six minutes remaining, Torres finally arrived - along with fellow Liverpool old boy Raul Meireles - with Drogba and Ramires making way.
The visitors missed a great chance when Kuyt dragged wide after great work down the right from Henderson before Johnson produced one of the goals of the season to win it three minutes from time.
The full-back brought down Adam's pinpoint crossfield ball superbly, nutmegged Ashley Cole, and drove goalward before slotting into the corner.
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