What We Learned: Liverpool


Heartbreak and robbery at Anfield. Chelsea were 2-1 up in the 97th minute, well past the allocated 6 minutes of stoppage time only to have 3 points stolen.

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What We Learned :

1. Robbed, again

2. Rafael Benitez’s substitutions are questionable

3. Barclay’s Premier League needs better officials

4. Luis Suarez is a cheat and a c**t

5. Mikel-Ramires works well

1. Robbed, again:

2-1 up when Sturridge goes studs up on Bertrand after Bertrand clears the ball. No foul, no call, no card to Sturridge. An absolutely disgraceful decision considering Kevin Friend was looking at it and didn’t call anything. 2-1 up still when Suarez bites Ivanovic, who did nothing to him in the first place. Suarez knew what he was doing and I don’t completely blame Kevin Friend for not calling it as it was tough to see, but he clearly saw the bite mark and the assistant referee had a good angle to look at the incident. This isn’t the first time we’ve been robbed – United earlier this season, Swansea away earlier this year and City last week. It’s a shame that this happens in the “World’s best league”.

2. Rafael Benitez’s substitutions are questionable:

Benayoun for Hazard was a horrible substitution. We needed someone who could hold the ball up, not a fragile, but creative Yossi. Benayoun is out of form and is very much washed up. He was once a very good player and could do a lot of damage late on, but not anymore. I don’t understand why Lampard didn’t come on for Hazard and then John Terry for Mata. It would of made sense to go that route, but it’s not all Rafa’s fault. I mean, it’s not his fault that Suarez bit Ivanovic and no call was given as well as Sturridge’s studs up challenge. However, we could of tightened up in behind and frustrated Liverpool more. We had the match, but it was stolen from us. Rafa’s substitutions didn’t directly contribute to this, but they have contributed to past results.

3. Barclay’s Premier League needs better officials:

This isn’t the first time that a match has been surrounded in controversy in the Barclay’s Premier League this season. Plenty of matches have seen miscalls, no calls and bad calls. You don’t really hear about poor officiating in other leagues like you do in the Premier League. I find it weird how after all the controversy surrounding Clattenburg, that he gets a UCL quarter final, which he was very awful in. Kevin Friend today was horrendous. He knows it, but he can’t change it. Last week, Chris Foy was poor as well. He knows it as well, but he can’t change it. But what they can change is how they officiate. Maybe be more attentive and focus on the ball completely instead of wandering their eyes away into space when somebody lounges late at another player and gets away with it.

4. Luis Suarez is a cheat and a c**t:

I have no words for this bozo. Suarez is a CLOWN. A c**t, a cheat, a disgrace to football everywhere. I don’t understand how you can live with biting 2 players in 2 different leagues, being a PROVEN racist and playing dirty (diving, etc.). I don’t understand it. He’s a very poor model for future players and if anyone dares to defend what he’s done today and in the past, I suggest you never talk to them again. There was no reason to bite anyone in either leagues (Dutch and PL). No reason because neither player provoked him. His handball against Ghana had some logic behind it, but he still cheated and a handball is inexcusable. However, biting an opponent blows my mind. I just don’t get him at all. He’s a tosser, a mug, a c**t. I have no words for you, Mr. Suarez besides this – the Premier League will be a better league when you leave it.

5. Mikel-Ramires works well:

Stepping away from my ranting, I was impressed with how well Ramires and Mikel worked together. It was very impressive and solid from both players. I found it amazing how they cooperated throughout the whole match, it was a delightful site especially with our double pivot problems of this season.

Mikel – He and Ramires did an excellent job in denying Liverpool space through the centre of the park. Mikel made some timely interventions and used the ball well despite becoming more stretched after Sturridge’s introduction in the second half. (Goal.com)

Ramires – Aggressive in the tackle and dangerous when he was able to manouvere into space on the attack, slipping some dangerous through balls into his team-mates around the opposition penalty area. An accomplished display. (Goal.com)

As you can see, they played well and that’s always a good sign. Well done lads, well done.

Other Points :

1. Suarez doesn’t deserve POTY after this

2. Juan Mata and Hazard are brilliant when linking up

3. Good performance from Torres (effort wise)

Until next time, my friends.

  1. Anonymous says

    what ??? torres good??? he was horrible… didn’t show any hunger… and i agree with all, the substitutions…. torres finishing full game… ba didn’t come on… he would have holded the ball that torres lost in the 6th minute of the injury time…

    1. EKVR says

      No no.. I said Torres was good effort wise. He should a lot of effort and tried to get into scoring positions as often as he could. Suarez committed penalty to prevent Torres’ header as well

  2. xtian says

    Terrible officiating.

  3. Sammy chelsea mwaura says

    Torres dint diserve to start.. He will play on thur full tym.. I wud prefer him sold to antletico madrid for falcao.
    U could have said somthng about oscar, i think he scored a nice one.

    1. EKVR says

      Good goal from Oscar, not a bad performance from him. However, he showed why his frailty is a concern..

  4. ken says

    benitez got a soft spot for liverpool that was why he came with those silly subs..I’m not happy

  5. Bitto raphael says

    You lose it yourself by substituting mata n hazard and for not inviting Ba into the game to hold lead.

  6. Adu says

    benitez doesnt care about how chelsea will do next season that was why he made that changes and didnt bring on Ba. He will never be loved by chelsea funs.

  7. Dave says

    Poor officiating…i though you would point out betrand aswell, he has deputised very well in the absence of ashley.

  8. Anonymous says

    Bertrand was our weak link in defence,all the liverpool attack was from the left wing…

  9. Vaibhav Kumble says

    Our performance as a whole was not gr8.. Our attack dint do much at all.. created like 2-3 chances.. We just abt did enuf to scrape thru until for some weird reason we played 7mins of stoppage time instead of 6.. Really surprised with that. .

  10. Neri says

    About Bertrand being the weak link, that ain’t entirely true. The backline switched off for the equalizer. Moreover, Liverpool made chances too through the right hand channel.
    Rafa Benitez substitutions were terrible.
    Oscar had a good game. Removing Hazard for Benayoun was like handing Liverpool the keys to our goal, it would have worked better if he removed Mata for Lampard @ the first instant, then sub Hazard for Terry during injury time. Rafa’s lack of ability to manage a match caused us. Suarez should be banned by the FA with heavy fines.

  11. Michael58 says

    Benitez subs may have cost us a top 4 finish .

    1. Adam Fred says

      the top four is over since! wake up

  12. JoNaHnOaH says

    Even wen i try nt 2 say anytin, bt i can’t hlp it cos of d lov i ve 4 my belov CFC. Admin if u want 2 defend dat fat fool RAFA defend him N if u want 2 criticise him pls b bold enof 2 do dat. N all dis ur points of neda bn here nor dere. apat 4rm d sub he made in FA game against MAN-UTD which i dn’t c anytin special abt cos he aut 2 ve started MIKEL N HARZARD in d 1st place in dat match he has always b makin stupid sub most xpecialy d 1st 4 games wen he coms.
    N dat of TORES can u pls tel me d goals he has score in premier league dis yr? u kep telin me he is improvin cos he keps runin up n down d pitch. is dat his work? is yes dn’t u fink OSIAN BOT wld ve bn beta off? n dat fat FOOL keps saying he has inprov my CFC. If i may ask by takin us out of CLUB WORLD CUP, CARLIN CUP, FA CUP, takin us out of 2rd position 2 were we can nt qualify 4 nxt yr CHAMPION LEAGUE, n losin out of contention of winin d league long long time ago a way of inprovment? N u GUYS suported him of yastada -tresin dat MIKEL is ur probs.

    1. Avash Byanjankar says

      first of all, improve your grammar! secondly, torres had a very good game effort wise. If you haven’t played a professional football match till now, which i’m sure of, only then will you criticise his performance. Whose header resulted in a penalty? Torres! And thirdly, we not reaching the FA cup was because of poor refereeing! Get your facts straight!

  13. xtian says

    The Ref had a very bad game. Its very simple
    match, Chelsea had a throw in 10 seconds to 6 minutes added time, you just blow the whistle. It would definitely take more seconds to play anything meaningful, especially seconds you cannot account for. As for Torres, you all have your opinions, but I think he has the wrong squad status. He is not an upgrade to Ba or Lukaku. And as for Benitez, what was he expecting bringing in legs that could not attack nor defend save Moses. Marin is a very good tackler down the flank n he should at least be used for something instead of letting Sturridge on tired Betrand. Ugly management and please tell Benitez that we do not need the Europa league and don’t mind stop playing in it this season.

  14. Anonymous says

    forget the word EPL is the best with all this controversy is not better than NPL in nigeria.Sometimes i ask myself is there FA in england?cause all this officiating is sh***t

  15. prince olami says

    torress was jst on the pitch doing what rafa told him to do but busy doing all sort of playing going back when he needs to help the team in moving forward

  16. Anonymous says

    torres was tightly marked .clearly without space

  17. Charles Burna says

    Plz I think u guy shuld do an article on danny sturrigde,I regret we sold dat guy.

  18. Anonymous says

    suarez gets the taste of chmpions league atlast by biting our ivanovic

  19. sai says

    Mikel is an absolute idiot….not a single pass forward…ran circles around the livpool players….the reason for wave after wave of Liverpool attacks in the 2 nd half…i wonder how he ended up a footballer in the 1 st place

  20. oriabure says

    chelseafc had already won that game and the ref was a brat we have a very briliant team hazard was good and oscar and in years to come hazard and oscar and mata we be great

  21. Anonymous says

    Fat waiter sold the match, fuck u Benitez

  22. Anonymous says

    I guess the only thing close to being smart in this game was that RB had so many players on the field that at any given time or place could be a striker. I think it had LP so confused, they didn’t know who to guard from the net

  23. Jag-T says

    if ur gonna bench terry and lamps then play defensive for a close 2-1 hopeful win atleast sub on an extra defender, luiz could have easily shifted into midfield while terry comes in making it a deep counter attacking 4-3-2-1. and honestly i don’t like the site of defending a one goal lead so i was really shocked not to have seen either ba cumin in for torres or ba partnering torres..
    does rafa remember that the sole purpose of these last few weeks is to put chelsea in the champions league at all cost..or is he so focused on winning a trophy as he smiles a way wit the sounds of liverpool…
    suarez should have bitten rafa n wake him up to reality!!

  24. Star Evansoh says

    the game was robbed and no excuse for that, thou we are football fans, we have to speak the fact, we were robbed!!!!!!!

    also rafa concluded the game without being safe… the thought it was over when making the substitute buh i wonder how dare a mature coach like him give away an important game like that… wanted to see Ba in the pitch, same case with Terry

    (Suarez) cant speak abt him….

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