And they’re back in the game!

1 Feb
Fernando Torres scored his first goals at Anfield in nine months to lead the Reds to a 2-0 win over Chelsea.

Fernando Torres scored his first goals at Anfield in nine months to lead the Reds to a 2-0 win over Chelsea.

Pardon the bitterness of the last post, it was a rough day and I’m not usually that pessimistic.  I feel much better about things now.  Liverpool was able to finally snap their four game draw streak and open February with a huge 2-0 win over Chelsea.

Liverpool definitely had several good chances in the first half, but couldn’t make anything of it. The first half was rather sloppy overall with both teams giving the ball away quite often.  

The Reds came out in the second half and pretty much dominated.  At one point, they had 70% of the possession.  Despite the possession advantage, Liverpool could not break through the Chelsea defense, mostly thanks to Alex’s deflections.  The Reds got a break though when Frank Lampard was sent off in about the 60th minute with a straight red card for a studs up tackle on Xabi Alonso.  Although replays showed that Lampard got the ball, I could see how the first view of it looked pretty bad, but I still think the red card was harsh.  

Even with Chelsea down to 10 men, the Reds could not take advantage.  With things heading towards another draw, Fabio Aurelio sent in a cross which Fernando Torres was able to head home and give the home side a much needed 1-0 lead in the 89th minute.  Torres put the icing on the cake in the 94th minute after a shot from Yossi Benayoun was deflected straight into his path.

With the 2-0 win, Liverpool is now only two points back from Manchester United.  Liverpool next plays Everton on Wednesday, Feb. 4 in the fourth round FA Cup replay after drawing the first tie 1-1.

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