As expected, the emotions were set racing, the rivalry heated up and the tension up a notch and the football on display quite entertaining. This was typical Liverpool vs Chelsea. Aside Jose Mourinho’s masterminded brutal killing of Liverpool’s title hopes in 2013/14 season, this fixture that had lost its savour in recent years. During his first stint, the rivalry between both teams was hell razor with fiercely contested battles both domestically and continentally. I’m sure we can remember Luis Garcia ‘ghost goal’ in the Champions league semifinals in 2005 that eliminated us from the competition. Dirk Kuyt’s winning penalty that also eliminated us from at the same stage of the competition the subsequent season. Xabi Alonso’s goal that ended our home unbeaten run in the league in 2008. Chelsea’s purchase of Fernando Torres in 2010 was disheartening to the Liverpool fans as well as our F.A Cup and League Cup triumphs over them in 2005 and 2012 respectively. These were bloody events that turned both teams into arch-rivals.
At Anfield on Tuesday evening, it was the world against Chelsea. To give a glimmer of hope to themselves and the chasing pack, Liverpool needed to win or at least avoid a defeat. Chelsea were in a comfort zone and only needed a draw to sustain their title push and a win to further stretch the distance between them and their rivals.
At the end, the scores were even but with only Manchester City recording a win of all their rivals, the title beckons on Chelsea to claim. With potential backbreaking trips to Arsenal, Spurs, Manchester City and now Liverpool off out fixture list, we certainly are the surest and best bet for the title. More so, with no European games and fixtures against any of our rivals after this weekend until April when we play Manchester United at Old Trafford (presumably the title might have been wrapped up by then), the trophy cabinet at the club should be prepared for another silverware.
Certainly a point against Liverpool at Anfield might just be invaluable come end of the season when we would be celebrating our title party and parade.
Let’s hope for our dreams to come true. Always a true Blue. Cheers!