Chelsea 1-0 Liverpool: 5 Talking Points
Chelsea proved to be the better team at home against the exciting Liverpool side and there's plenty to talk about.
Chelsea kept their Champions League qualification hopes alive by just about getting the better of Liverpool at Stamford Bridge. In a game that struggled to live up to its billing, Olivier Giroud's header from a Victor Moses cross proved to be the difference between the teams.
Chelsea defended deep and kept the Liverpool Fab 3 from wreaking havoc like they're so used to doing. Liverpool couldn't control the game in the midfield and often relinquished possession through their sloppiness.
At the end of the day, Chelsea were the better team and it was only fair that they came away with all 3 points. The race for the top 4 spots has become intense now as Liverpool, who have played a game extra, have 72 points and are just 3 points ahead of Chelsea. And between them are Tottenham Hotspur who have 71 points.
Without further ado, let's get to the 5 talking points from the game.
#5 Chelsea saved by their quality in the final third
The Liverpool defence seldom shines through and through and if you can take the game to them, there's always a chance that you're gonna hit the pot. And that's really not what Chelsea looked like they were going to do in the first quarter of an hour or so.
They sat back, and at times, it was annoyingly reminiscent of their shambolic performance against the Cityzens. Liverpool had 66% possession in the first half and played 375 passes as opposed to Chelsea's 167!
Liverpool were the better team but Victor Moses was having a ball on the right flank and if you ping it into the box that invitingly, Olivier Giroud usually obliges. Even after the goal, Chelsea kept knocking at the door and though the final product was lacking, they really did push Liverpool on to the backfoot.