Sunday seemed like a day in which many Liverpool FC supporters were dreaming about rewriting history, and having the team secure their first league title in 24 years. What actually unfolded will leave the Reds players and supporters with a bad taste in their mouths.
Liverpool controlled much of the first half possession and brought wave after wave of attack, and coming close on a couple chances. Chelsea did not appear interested in attacking, rather opting to sit back, clog up the middle, overload their box with blue shirts, and taking whacks at Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling. All the Reds’ hard work was spoiled by an uncharacteristic slip by Steven Gerrard, giving Demba Ba the chance to swoop in for an easy breakaway goal.
The second half saw much of the same from both sides, as time and time again Liverpool would bring waves of attacking options, most of the time cutting into the middle near the top of the box into a wall of blue shirts. The Reds ended up finishing the game 2-0 down and seeing their control of the Barclays Premier League title race vanish, which put the supporters in an anxious state for much of the second half.
Chelsea now sit two points behind Liverpool in the BPL table and Manchester City sit six points off the leaders with two games in hand. If Man City win their four remaining games, they will likely win the title from Liverpool on goal differential. Sunday’s shakeup at Anfield will no doubt create drama down to the final day of the league.
In a match that saw Jose Mourinho pitted against his former pupil Brendan Rodgers, “The Special One” instructed his team to eat up as much time off the clock is possible, which they did blatantly to the frustration of the Liverpool supporters. No doubt the tactic was a bit brazen, but one has to admire Mourinho’s passion to win at any cost. He even provided comments after the game, saying, “What’s time wasting?”
Mourinho’s brash tactics should be a reminder to Liverpool fans everywhere that, as well as they’ve played as of late, this Reds team is still very young as has a lot to learn. They still have a legitimate shot at taking the title this year. Sunday’s result is a bit discouraging, but the team must now focus on soldiering on and winning their final two games, which would put the pressure on Manchester City. One thing that was confirmed by the result on Sunday was that the doors have blown wide open, and drama is assured down to the final match day.