Skrtel was once again absent and this ensured that Brendan Rodgers had to stick with his 3-5-2. The 3-5-2 ensured that Liverpool had most of the possession against a team that did not like to press high and were willing to sit back and defend.
Di Matteo had a trick up his sleeve though. By ensuring Hazard and Mata with defensive duties , Chelsea had 2 banks of four players who would press one by one at the Liverpool players who had possession.
This meant that Chelsea were well organized and Liverpool could play around as much as they wanted but when it came to breaking through and creating a chance, they just could not. Only a corner could help them. This mean that Eden Hazard created more chances than the entire Liverpool team.
When Suso came on Rodgers switched back to 4-2-3-1 which was why Suso spent a lot of time talking to his manager before coming on for Sahin. This helped them penetrate more with Gerrard putting in terrific through balls while MOTM Enrique putting in a terrific performance in the flanks.
Chelsea still need a striker but more or arguably equally importantly Chelsea need a player who can change the tempo at will. This is why Modric was desperately needed. If not him we could even go for Fernandinho who played brilliantly against us. McEachran is another player but we will have to wait.
The bringing on of Victor Moses ensured that Chelsea could not dominate possession for long as Oscar’s removal threatened us deeply. This shows how Chelsea played against Swansea when Moses was deployed at the right –
Sherry Philips ( @Shercasm ), Deputy Editor