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Hi Robert M, I do so enjoy the games against Chelsea. I don't think Chelsea controlled the game, far from it. If anything I thought it was pretty even. Liverpool dominated the ball for long periods, but Chelsea looked more dangerous and were more attacking/direct. Chelsea were at their most dangerous when we attacked, as we often gave the ball away sloppily, especially Allen, only to have Hazard, Oscar and Torres breaking at us. I also thought the result was fair. If we had nicked it, it wouldn't have been in any way justified, but likewise, Chelsea 4-0 up at HT??? Apart from the Mata chance, I don't think there was much else that really threatened us.
What is clear is that Liverpool are developing. Sterling didn't look a class below Hazard by any standards, and I was really impressed by Wisdom in both systems we played. Suso also came on, and looked OK as a playmaker, after a really dodgy start.
Once this LFC team learns to be a bit more incisive, adds to the personnel in the striking dept, and improves our possession of the ball whilst going forward (which we will), I can see us being a force again, without the need to spend City or Chelski millions.
I thought Sterling had a poor game yesterday. I have been very impressed with him in previous games this season - I think he will be an awesome player when he is bigger and stronger and I think he is the best thing of yours that Rodgers has introduced. But yesterday he seemed to get pushed off the ball rather a lot and I don't remember any speedy mazey runs from him.
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Not sure I'd call him poor, but not his best outing. In other matches he's been surprisingly strong, especially looking at how slight he looks, and that he's only 17, but do think the Chelsea boys got the best of him physically yesterday. But his biggest issue is not always making the right decision with the final ball, but to expect the complete player at his age would be asking an awful lot.
But for me, the one player I think let us down was Allen. Personally he's one player I've been most impressed with all season, so don't want to get too much on his case as we all have a bad day at the office sometimes. But he got caught in possession a number of times, and also completed a number of nice passes to a man in blue, which is not what I've come to expect from him. Think his yellow in dragging down Torres summed it up; he really looked frustrated with himself, so I'm sure he'll learn from the experience and bounce back.
On the Chelsea side, wondering what you made of Torres? I thought he actually started rather brightly, and thought some of his hold up play was very good. But by the second half he also cut a very frustrated figure which I think was more down to how well we defended against him, rather than a lacking on his part. However it seemed many of the commentators focused on him not firing on all cylinders at the moment which I thought was a little unfair: sometimes even the very best players are bested by opponents.