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  • Date:07 Nov 2010
  • Kick-off:16:00
  • Venue:Anfield
  • Torres (10) Torres (43)
Goal!

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91mins

Raul Meireles goes off and Jay Spearing comes on. Mikel challenges Leiva Lucas unfairly and gives away a free kick. Steven Gerrard takes the free kick.

91mins

Alex receives a caution for unsporting behaviour. Alex gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Ngog. Steven Gerrard restarts play with the free kick.

90mins

The referee blows for offside. Petr Cech takes the indirect free kick.

90mins

Daniel Sturridge takes a shot. Save made by Jose Reina.

89mins

David Ngog concedes a free kick for a foul on Alex. Free kick taken by Petr Cech.

87mins

David Ngog replaces Fernando Torres.

86mins

Nicolas Anelka takes a shot from 18 yards. Fantastic save by Jose Reina.

84mins

Jonjo Shelvey is brought on as a substitute for Dirk Kuyt.

84mins

The ball is crossed by Ashley Cole, Daniel Sturridge produces a header from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.

83mins

The ball is swung over by Ashley Cole, clearance by Martin Skrtel.

82mins

The ball is delivered by Jose Bosingwa, comfortable save by Jose Reina.

82mins

Corner taken by Florent Malouda from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Dirk Kuyt.

82mins

The ball is swung over by Jose Bosingwa, Martin Skrtel manages to make a clearance.

81mins

Corner taken by Florent Malouda from the left by-line, clearance by Leiva Lucas.

81mins

Nicolas Anelka crosses the ball, clearance by Steven Gerrard.

80mins

Jose Bosingwa sends in a cross, clearance made by Martin Kelly.

79mins

Fernando Torres concedes a free kick for a foul on Ashley Cole. Mikel takes the free kick.

78mins

Daniel Sturridge takes a shot. Save by Jose Reina.

78mins

Shot from 18 yards by Daniel Sturridge. Jose Reina makes a comfortable save.

78mins

A cross is delivered by Didier Drogba.

77mins

The referee gives a free kick against Raul Meireles for handball. Ramires restarts play with the free kick.

76mins

Daniel Sturridge joins the action as a substitute, replacing Yury Zhirkov. Dirk Kuyt challenges John Terry unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ashley Cole takes the direct free kick.

75mins

Steven Gerrard takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Didier Drogba.

74mins

Dirk Kuyt takes a shot. Save made by Petr Cech.

74mins

Corner taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard from the left by-line, Alex manages to make a clearance.

72mins

Unfair challenge on Alex by Dirk Kuyt results in a free kick. Jose Bosingwa restarts play with the free kick.

72mins

Rodriguez Maxi has an effort at goal from 25 yards. Save by Petr Cech.

71mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dirk Kuyt by Ashley Cole. Steven Gerrard crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, clearance by Didier Drogba.

70mins

Branislav Ivanovic goes off and Jose Bosingwa comes on. John Terry concedes a free kick for a foul on Dirk Kuyt. Jose Reina takes the direct free kick.

69mins

Branislav Ivanovic delivers the ball, clearance made by Martin Skrtel.

66mins

Foul by Ashley Cole on Raul Meireles, free kick awarded. Jose Reina takes the direct free kick.

66mins

Didier Drogba sends in a cross, Florent Malouda produces a volleyed right-footed shot from 12 yards. Save by Jose Reina.

64mins

Ramires concedes a free kick for a foul on Leiva Lucas. Free kick taken by Jamie Carragher.

64mins

The ball is swung over by Ashley Cole, Jose Reina makes a comfortable save.

63mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Rodriguez Maxi on Branislav Ivanovic. Ramires crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing.

62mins

Florent Malouda sends in a cross, Paul Konchesky makes a clearance.

62mins

Corner taken by Florent Malouda played to the near post, Dirk Kuyt makes a clearance.

61mins

Yury Zhirkov takes a shot. Save by Jose Reina.

61mins

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Florent Malouda, clearance by Fernando Torres.

60mins

The ball is delivered by Ashley Cole, Ramires produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.

58mins

Martin Skrtel concedes a free kick for a foul on Didier Drogba. Didier Drogba fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

56mins

Fernando Torres gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mikel. Mikel takes the direct free kick.

55mins

Florent Malouda is caught offside. Jose Reina restarts play with the free kick.

55mins

The ball is swung over by Florent Malouda, Paul Konchesky manages to make a clearance.

54mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Yury Zhirkov by Steven Gerrard. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Florent Malouda, clearance by Leiva Lucas.

52mins

A cross is delivered by Branislav Ivanovic, Martin Kelly manages to make a clearance.

49mins

Leiva Lucas fouled by Florent Malouda, the ref awards a free kick. Jose Reina takes the free kick.

49mins

Raul Meireles sends in a cross, comfortable save by Petr Cech.

48mins

Ramires crosses the ball.

47mins

Didier Drogba gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jamie Carragher. Jose Reina takes the direct free kick.

47mins

Rodriguez Maxi takes a shot from 25 yards. Save made by Petr Cech.

46mins

Fernando Torres is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Alex.

46mins

The official flags Nicolas Anelka offside. Jose Reina takes the indirect free kick.

46mins

(Chelsea) makes a substitution, with Didier Drogba coming on for Salomon Kalou.

44mins

Goal scored by Fernando Torres from just outside the area to the top right corner of the goal. Liverpool 2-0 Chelsea.Assist by Raul Meireles.

44mins

Unfair challenge on Martin Kelly by Florent Malouda results in a free kick. Jamie Carragher takes the free kick.

42mins

Jamie Carragher fouled by Nicolas Anelka, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jose Reina.

41mins

Unfair challenge on Fernando Torres by John Terry results in a free kick. Steven Gerrard crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, Ramires manages to make a clearance.

39mins

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Yury Zhirkov played to the near post, Steven Gerrard manages to make a clearance.

39mins

Florent Malouda has an effort at goal from 25 yards. Jamie Carragher gets a block in.

38mins

The referee blows for offside. Alex takes the indirect free kick.

38mins

Foul by Ramires on Rodriguez Maxi, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Jose Reina.

36mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Martin Skrtel by Salomon Kalou. Jose Reina takes the free kick.

36mins

Fernando Torres concedes a free kick for a foul on Mikel. Mikel takes the free kick.

35mins

Unfair challenge on Florent Malouda by Leiva Lucas results in a free kick. The ball is delivered by Florent Malouda, Alex produces a header from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.

33mins

Unfair challenge on John Terry by Dirk Kuyt results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Petr Cech.

33mins

Martin Kelly has an effort at goal from 20 yards. John Terry gets a block in.

30mins

The assistant referee signals for offside against Nicolas Anelka. Indirect free kick taken by Jose Reina.

29mins

Raul Meireles takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech.

28mins

The ball is swung over by Dirk Kuyt, clearance by John Terry.

28mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Florent Malouda on Leiva Lucas. Raul Meireles takes the free kick.

26mins

Unfair challenge on Ramires by Steven Gerrard results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ramires.

24mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Fernando Torres on Alex. Petr Cech takes the direct free kick.

23mins

Ramires challenges Steven Gerrard unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Steven Gerrard.

21mins

Rodriguez Maxi takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.

20mins

The referee shows Yury Zhirkov a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Leiva Lucas fouled by Yury Zhirkov, the ref awards a free kick. Steven Gerrard delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, clearance by John Terry.

19mins

Salomon Kalou fouled by Fernando Torres, the ref awards a free kick. Ashley Cole takes the free kick.

14mins

The ball is crossed by Raul Meireles, clearance made by Alex.

14mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Alex on Fernando Torres. Steven Gerrard takes the free kick.

13mins

Ashley Cole sends in a cross, Salomon Kalou takes a shot. Save by Jose Reina.

13mins

Shot from just outside the area by Fernando Torres misses to the left of the target.

11mins

A goal is scored by Fernando Torres from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Liverpool 1-0 Chelsea.Dirk Kuyt provided the assist for the goal.

5mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Yury Zhirkov on Raul Meireles. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Steven Gerrard from right channel, Mikel makes a clearance.

3mins

Foul by Martin Kelly on Yury Zhirkov, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed left-footed by Florent Malouda, Steven Gerrard manages to make a clearance.

The referee gets the game started.

The ref blows to signal half-time.

The referee starts the second half.

The match has reached full-time.

Match Preview

Torres back for Reds Striker Fernando Torres will return to Liverpool's starting XI for Sunday's visit of Chelsea after being rested for the Europa League win over Napoli. David Ngog, whose fitness will be assessed after a severe tackle from Salvatore Aronica on Thursday night, will make way for the Spain international. Midfielder Maxi Rodriguez will also come back in while there is an outside chance Dirk Kuyt could return after missing the last five games with an ankle injury. Defender Glen Johnson is set for his first Barclays Premier League appearance for a month after making his comeback from a thigh problem against Napoli. Ryan Babel could return to the squad after a rib injury but Joe Cole Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson believes his side pose enough of a threat to give Chelsea "a hell of a game". Carlo Ancelotti's side have won 12 of 14 Premier League and Champions League matches, losing just one at Manchester City in September. However, Hodgson insists every team can be beaten and plans to prove that point on Sunday as Liverpool go in search of a third successive top-flight win. "I don't think any team is unstoppable, quite frankly," Hodgson said. "All teams, however good they are, are stoppable. All teams will have bad days and will lose matches. "They might not lose many in a season but they will lose some. "There is no doubt we have to hit the ground running against Chelsea and we will. "I think I can guarantee our fans Chelsea won't leave here without having had a hell of a game on their hands." After back-to-back wins over Blackburn and Bolton, Liverpool's revival looked to be coming to an end against Napoli after a poor first half. But from being a goal down at the interval they were pulled up from the depths by an inspirational display from captain Steven Gerrard, who came off the bench at the break and scored a hat-trick to turn the match around. Hodgson knows Chelsea are unlikely to allow the England midfielder to dominate proceedings as much as he did against the Italians. The former Fulham boss is concentrating on ensuring the team performance is the best it can be, and there have been signs of improvement recently. "You hope come Sunday they do not have one of their better days - which will assist us - or by contrast we have a very good day and cause them plenty of problems and that is what I am working for," said the 63-year-old. "We have just got to be good at our game and be aware that they pose special threats and we have to make sure we defend well against those threats." Chelsea will still be without Frank Lampard. He will start training with the squad next week and coach Carlo Ancelotti also has doubts over Florent Malouda and Michael Essien (toe). The Italian coach named nine of the starters for the game with decisions to be made over Malouda or Salomon Kalou in attack and Ramires or Essien in midfield. Chelsea captain John Terry insists it is vital for the Blues to pile more pressure on the chasing pack as they enter a crucial period of the season. Three of the Blues' league games in December feature a high-profile clash with Manchester United, plus away games at Arsenal and Tottenham and Terry says it is vital they gather as many points as they can in the build-up to a frantic period. "If we continue this run until Christmas when the games come thick and fast it proves difficult for the opposition, the teams in second, third or fourth if the gap is getting no closer because of us winning," said Terry. "It gets frustrating, so it is an important couple of months for us." But Terry is under no illusion that a difficult test awaits them at Anfield. Last season's 2-0 victory virtually sealed the title for the double winners but Terry knows it won't be easy despite Liverpool's poor start under Hodgson. "No doubt they will pick up," said Terry. "Hopefully it's later rather than sooner because Anfield is always a tough place to go to get any result. "But we're confident that we're playing well at the moment, and wherever we go and whoever we're playing against, we are confident of winning, and we have to take the game to them. "We've done well up there recently. It was a massive win there last season obviously with the importance of the game and the pressure, and other teams have gone there this season and won so we need to take advantage of that while they're not having a good time and we are. We need to capitalise and pick up the three points."

Formation:4231Manager: Roy Hodgson

Liverpool

Formation: 433Manager: Carlo Ancelotti

Chelsea

  • Jose Reina
  • Martin Kelly
  • Jamie Carragher
  • Martin Skrtel
  • Paul Konchesky
  • Raul Meireles
  • Leiva Lucas
  • Dirk Kuyt
  • Steven Gerrard
  • Rodriguez Maxi
  • Fernando Torres
  • SUBS
  • Martin Hansen
  • Milan Jovanovic
  • Danny Wilson
  • David Ngog
  • Jay Spearing
  • Christian Poulsen
  • Jonjo Shelvey

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Match Report

Torres back on song Fernando Torres produced a striker's masterclass to score twice as Liverpool won 2-0 to inflict only a second defeat of the season on Barclays Premier League leaders Chelsea. The Spain international has a liking for playing the Londoners at Anfield, as his six goals in five matches against them at home shows. Chelsea were heavily linked with a summer bid for Torres but it never materialised and manager Carlo Ancelotti said he did not need to buy the striker as he was satisfied with his own forwards. However, Torres was more than happy to give a display of his quality to the Blues boss, whose side had conceded only three goals in 10 league games prior to kick-off. It was always likely the result would come down to who took their chances and with Didier Drogba left on the bench until the second half, Torres was given a head start. He did not need a second invitation and in addition to his two expertly-taken first-half goals he was a constant threat to the Chelsea defence Torres has been short of form this season but he has always been able to produce a performance against Chelsea at Anfield over the years and this was no different. It took just 11 minutes for him to reopen old wounds with a classic piece of finishing courtesy of a cross from Dirk Kuyt, making a welcome return after a month's absence with an ankle injury, on the left. The Dutchman chipped a pass over the head of John Terry and Torres took one touch before firing past Petr Cech. Having looked short of confidence this season the 26-year-old appeared to spring to life, immediately going on a short run and firing wide. Possession was fairly even but Liverpool created the best chances, having a penalty shout dismissed when Terry's clearance bounced up on to Yury Zhirkov's arm from which Raul Meireles shot at Cech. Torres did not give the goalkeeper any such chance with his second just before half-time with a strike even better than his opener and reminiscent of his first ever goal for the club - also against Chelsea. Meireles dispossessed Ashley Cole in the centre of the pitch and rolled the ball out to the Spaniard on the left of the penalty area. Cutting inside he curled a shot around Branislav Ivanovic and inside Terry and the far post. It was a fitting end to undoubtedly Liverpool's best first half of the season, which was as much down to excellent organisation at the back as Torres' potency up front. With Jamie Carragher, restored to centre-back, barking the orders the hosts limited Chelsea to one shot on target - and that a weak Salomon Kalou header straight at Jose Reina. Drogba's arrival for the start of the second half was inevitable but the Ivory Coast international's first shooting opportunity saw him curl a 30-yard free-kick well wide. Ramires headed over and Zhirkov's shot was turned around the post by Reina, who also produced a brilliant close-range stop to deny Florent Malouda. Having got themselves into a winning position it was now a question of holding on to it for Liverpool as Chelsea ramped up the pressure. Torres may be paid to score goals but the sight of him hoofing the ball into the upper tier of the Centenary Stand was testament to the determination of everyone to hang on at all costs. Kuyt almost wrapped things up 15 minutes from time only for Cech's outstretched leg to divert the ball wide. Chelsea knew it was not to be their day when Nicolas Anelka's shot squeezed under Reina, whose slight touch deflected the ball up on to the bar and then Carragher cleared from the lurking Drogba two yards out. The win moved Liverpool into ninth, the first time they have been in the top half since the opening weekend of the season, after three successive Barclays Premier League victories. They are still not in a position to challenge Chelsea at the top of the table - where they still have a two-point lead over Manchester United - but they proved, on their day and with Torres on form, they remain a match for any side. It seems a corner has now been turned in Roy Hodgson's reign, and with matches to come against Wigan, Stoke and West Ham there is a real chance for them to restore some of the damage done by their poor start to the season.

Form Guide

    LDLLWW
  • Liverpool
  • VS
  • Chelsea
  • WLWDWW

Last Meetings

  • Liverpool
  • 0 - 2
  • Chelsea
  • 02/05/2010
  • Chelsea
  • 2 - 0
  • Liverpool
  • 04/10/2009
  • Liverpool
  • 2 - 0
  • Chelsea
  • 01/02/2009
  • Chelsea
  • 0 - 1
  • Liverpool
  • 26/10/2008
  • Chelsea
  • 0 - 0
  • Liverpool
  • 10/02/2008
  • Liverpool
  • 1 - 1
  • Chelsea
  • 19/08/2007

Top Scorers

Liverpool

  • S Gerrard 2
  • S Kyrgiakos 2
  • FJ Torres 2
  • D Kuyt 1
  • RR Maxi 1
  • D Ngog 1

Chelsea

  • F Malouda 7
  • D Drogba 5
  • S Kalou 5
  • N Anelka 3
  • M Essien 2
  • F Lampard 1
  • Y Benayoun 1
  • R Alex 1
  • B Ivanovic 1

Goals

Liverpool

    • Total goals 24
    • Goals per game 10
  • 1 (For) Period 0-10 mins
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • (For) 2 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 2 (For) 5 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 4 (For) 1 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Chelsea

    • Total goals 41
    • Goals per game 27
  • 3 (For) Period 0-10 mins
  • 2 (For) Period 11-20 mins
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 4 (For) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) Period 41-50 mins
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 2 (For) Period 61-70 mins
  • 2 (For) Period 71-80 mins
  • 7 (For) 1 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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