• FT

    Man City

    2

    Tottenham

    1

  • FT

    Newcastle

    0

    West Ham

    1

  • FT

    Chelsea

    1

    Liverpool

    1

BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE

Stamford Bridge, England

Attendance: 41627

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Chelsea

  • John Terry 20'

1 - 1

FT

Liverpool

  • Luis Suárez 73'
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    James Tyler: Catch you all for the next Boot Room! Enjoy ESPNFC.com for all the postgame insight. Until next time!

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    James Tyler: I won't share my myspace page though. Sorry.

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    James Tyler: Harass me on Twitter if you like that sort of thing: @JamesTylerESPN

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    James Tyler: Right then. I'm off to do work. Thanks all for joining in today! Without you all, the Boot Room is just a room full of old boots. Including me.

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    James Tyler: Indeed. Points dropped. LFC's slow accumulation of creditable draws continues.

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    [Comment from Drogba]
    Chelsea the far better side today but all that matters is the scoreboard.

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    [Comment from Aaron]
    Horribly frustrating for chelsea fans. Great chances but we couldn't put them away!

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    [Comment from Larry B]
    Good game from Jones and Enrique. Liverpool were the worse team for 75 minutes, so I'll take the point. Cheers, all!

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    [Comment from Michael]
    The lesson today.... take your chances at goal. Chelsea will be fine, but they deserved a win today

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    James Tyler: Yeah, Jimbo. He was liberated by playing LM for most of the game. Feel bad for Downing/Assaidi who were overlooked but the ex-Newcastle man did manfully today.

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    [Comment from Jimbo]
    I am usually a 'hater' of enrique but today he did do well. I think he excels when having to come back on defense as opposed to defending as his primary role. His 'stumbling' runs through the midfield were decently good too..

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    James Tyler: Chelsea sits in third behind United in first, City in second.

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    James Tyler: Meanwhile, Di Matteo will be frustrated from this one. All the scoring chances, yet all the money invested in Mata, Oscar, Hazard couldn't force the issue.

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    James Tyler: Rodgers will be elated to have fought back into it and salvaged a point. Had chances for a second.

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    James Tyler: FULL TIME: Chelsea 1, Liverpool 1. Blues halted by perennial Scouse bogeymen.

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    James Tyler: That's your lot...

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    James Tyler: Time for one more attack but it's a Chelsea throw on the near side.

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    James Tyler: Chance for LFC! Glorious one, too. Good work by Sterling cutting in from the right. He finds Suarez, who slips Enrique in for an open shot. Good low save by Cech at his near post. Corner for LFC is cleared, Sterling works into the area but can't find Suso.

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    James Tyler: PASS ACCURACY: Chelsea 80%, LFC 88%

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    James Tyler: POSSESSION: Chelsea 43%, LFC 57%

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    James Tyler: SHOTS: Chelsea 15, LFC 9
    SHOTS ON TARGET: Chelsea 3, LFC 2

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    James Tyler: Into the 93rd minute.... still time for late mania.

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    James Tyler: Again, as good as anyone else. Sharp reflex stops. Helpless on JT's goal but few would have stopped that.

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    [Comment from TwistyMaze LittlePassage]
    I was tipping Jones. He's been solid today with some good early saves

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    James Tyler: Azpilicueta's cross is met by Moses/Carragher and skids out for a goal kick. Fans demand corner. Webb doesn't give one.

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    James Tyler: I'll take the over. Roman's spent too much and has invested in RDM. Champs League success buys him more time.

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    [Comment from Jon]
    Over under on RDM February 1, What do you have Tyler?

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    James Tyler: Four minutes added time. Three of 'em still to play. Ball's ping-ponging around midfield. All very hectic and tense.

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    James Tyler: MOTM: Jose Enrique. Just announced. Decent shout.

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    James Tyler: Suarez offside.

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    [Comment from Ian (LFC)]
    Ivanovic terrifies me on crosses

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    James Tyler: Chance for Chelsea! Hazard gets the loose ball on the left, works infield and uncorks one from the top of the box. It's always drifting wide.

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    James Tyler: Delivery is poor, Gerrard nods clear at the near post.

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    James Tyler: Corner for Chelsea... good hustle by Hazard to get to the touchline and force a set piece.

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    James Tyler: Suso picks up Enrique's clearance inside the LFC half but is dispossessed. Azpilicueta wastes it though as his cross is blocked.

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    James Tyler: Have to assume he doesn't want to wreck whatever mojo the current XI has.

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    [Comment from Colin]
    Two subs left, why in the world is LFC not using them? Fresh legs win games late.

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    [Comment from Michael]
    Incredible save their from Cech. Could have so easily been a red card if he's even an inch off with his challenge

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    James Tyler: That could have been amazing.

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    James Tyler: Chance for Liverpool! Enrique first-times one for Suarez, who's onside, but superb keeping by Cech to meet the striker outside the box and ping it off Suarez' shins for a throw-in.

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    James Tyler: Johnson did just enough to put the Serb off-balance as he met the ball.

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    James Tyler: Chance for Chelsea! Outswinging corner is met forcefully by Ivanovic 12 yards out but he directs his header over the bar.

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    James Tyler: Chelsea has no subs left, Liverpool with two in the pocket. Worth a gamble? Mata wins a corner on the left as his cross is blocked out.

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    James Tyler: Yeah, but consider the impact of a speedy player late in games when the opponent is tired/worn down.

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    [Comment from Lfc fan]
    Why does Assaidi never start? I mean he would destroy slow defence

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    [Comment from Colin]
    Agree bring on Assaidi.

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    James Tyler: Bertrand again free down the left. He booms in a deep cross that Agger heads clear. Good defending.

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    James Tyler: Well then. Not sure if BR is going to tinker any more with the game so delicately balanced.

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    [Comment from Dudeee]
    CFC D looks tired! Move johnson to left back, bring on assaidi and ask him to run his little morrocan heart out!

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    James Tyler: Michael: lots of quality kids on display, it's true.

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    James Tyler: Suarez offside under the long ball.

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    [Comment from Michael]
    The Under-25 talent in this game is absolutely incredible. Both clubs have bright days ahead of them

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    James Tyler: Chance for Liverpool: Lovely ball by Gerrard to free Sterling down the right. The teen skips into the box and squares it for Suso, who foolishly shoots first-time. It's wide. LFC fans in the crowd groan. Wasted.

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    James Tyler: Azpilicueta overhits a cross from the right flank.

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    James Tyler: Consider what he's being asked to do: essentially reinvent his way of playing, the way he's known since coming up to the LFC first team. He's at the tail end of his career. Does he try and assimilate to get some good final years? Or does he give up? Rock and a hard place.

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    [Comment from Ian (LFC)]
    JT thoughts on Gerrard today? Seems like he has a bad game more often than not, these days. Father time creeping up?

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    James Tyler: Inside the final 8 minutes. Is there another goal in this one?

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    James Tyler: OUCH. Chelsea fans would disagree, I reckon.

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    [Comment from Shannon]
    Sturridge has more threat than Torres.

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    James Tyler: None from me. I wish not to jinx.

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    [Comment from Terry-WayneBridge]
    final score predictions at this point?

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    James Tyler: Not the best day for Torres today, but we all expected it, didn't we?

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    James Tyler: SUB FOR CHELSEA: Fernando Torres off, Daniel Sturridge on. WELL THEN.

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    James Tyler: Long high cross by Bertrand from the left touchline is easily caught by Jones. No CFC players near.

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    James Tyler: Little too excited. Think he's chuffed to have so much attacking license today. Has been quite busy.

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    [Comment from Guest]
    can someone tell my why enrique cannot stay onside when he can see across the line???

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    James Tyler: Oriol Romeu not ready to move up.

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    [Comment from Guest]
    can someone tell me why is mikel still in chelsea's team?

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    James Tyler: Enrique offside down the left.

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    James Tyler: 79th minute. Atmosphere a lot livelier at the Bridge now.

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    James Tyler: Suarez nudged by Ivanovic, takes a tumble. No foul called. Webb got it right.

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    [Comment from Michael]
    Ahhh Victor Moses, our late game savior a.k.a. "The Nigerian Dzeko"

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    James Tyler: YELLOW CARD, Chelsea: Mikel. Obvious call for persistent fouls.

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    James Tyler: Possession: LFC 58%, Chelsea 42%

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    James Tyler: Suarez almost free in the box again but Azpilicueta holds him off. Game really speedy now. Both sides emboldened and fancying a game-winner.

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    James Tyler: Honestly thought nothing of it.

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    [Comment from Duck]
    On second look, Suarez with full on shove to get free from Ramires. Unbiased opinion JT, foul? or part of the nature of penalty box?

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    James Tyler: Just as planned! (not really)

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    [Comment from m.bavwe]
    Carragher has more assists than Downing in the EPL this season.

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    James Tyler: I'd say both sides are.

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff]
    Liverpool looking a lot more inspired now.

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    James Tyler: SUB FOR CHELSEA: Oscar off, Victor Moses on. He scored a crucial late goal the other night. Can he reprise it here?

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    James Tyler: Azpilicueta hangs a nice ball into the box, Jones lets it pass for a goal kick. No Chelsea players in the box.

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    James Tyler: Bertrand with a searing run down the left but Agger cuts out his low centering pass and clears. Pace noticeably upped since the Liverpool goal. Chelsea suddenly sensing the urgency of the occasion.

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    James Tyler: Johnson breaks up a Mata-Hazard-Oscar move on the edge of the box.

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    James Tyler: CFC should be furious at not putting this game to bed an hour ago.

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    [Comment from Sean]
    scored an equalizer, may have seriously injured Terry, CFC fans have to be furious

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    James Tyler: Still time, Will. Still time.

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    [Comment from will]
    thought so. wonderful to see chelsea unable to kill a damn dame off.

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    [Comment from Orr]
    Who's mocking Carragher now?

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    James Tyler: Woeful marking and a more undeserved equalizer you will not see. But I'll take it.

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    James Tyler: Carragher's looping flick-on, Suarez played onside by Ramires.

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    James Tyler: Corner flicked on at the near post, Cech in no-man's land and Suarez powers a header into an empty net!

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    James Tyler: SUAREZ

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    James Tyler: GOAL FOR LIVERPOOL!

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    James Tyler: Andre Wisdom wins a corner for Liverpool via a rare sortie upfield.

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    James Tyler: Even the Suso swap and Terry injury have not conspired to make Liverpool any more threatening. Quite forceful Chelsea performance thus far. Done more than enough despite only leading 1-0.

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    James Tyler: Blues entrenched in the Liverpool half, knocking it around comfortably.

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    James Tyler: (shakes fist)

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff]
    That's the third time Webb has gotten in the way of the ball in this game. Shame on you Mr. Webb!

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    James Tyler: Chance for Chelsea: Ramires feels emboldened to shoot from long range, it's miles over the bar.

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    James Tyler: Liability, sure. But is worth the risk.

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    [Comment from will]
    i'll never be entirely confident with mikel in defensive midfield, he's so prone to errors and laziness

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    James Tyler: Howard Webb then intercepts Sterling's through-ball, and Chelsea gets it back.

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    James Tyler: Gerrard boshes it in, it's cleared, Sterling's follow-up shot is blocked by Ivanovic.

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    James Tyler: Mikel fouls in the right corner giving LFC a simple set piece.

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    James Tyler: Joe Allen's been turning it over plenty.

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    [Comment from Andrew]
    Is it just me or are these pesky midfielders for Chelsea going to cause the Liverpool defenders to turn the ball over by the end of the game? Impressive how much of a press they are getting on Liverpool.

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    James Tyler: Free kick wide right for Chelsea. Swung teasingly in by Mata but Jones does enough to put Torres and Mikel off their headers and ball flies out for a goal kick.

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    James Tyler: YELLOW CARD, LIVERPOOL: Gerrard in the book for an agricultural hack. He's been off-form today. Massively so.

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    James Tyler: Corner cleared to Allen on the top of the box but his low drive is blocked and hoofed downfield.

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    James Tyler: Corner for Liverpool as Suarez wins a minor battle with Ivanovic.

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    James Tyler: Chance for Chelsea: Bertrand free down the left flank and whips in a menacing low cross to the near post. Torres flicks it goalward but off-target, ball skids across the box and is cleared.

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    James Tyler: 63rd minute. Still 1-0 Chelsea.

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    James Tyler: He's Spanish.

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    [Comment from maverick]
    Where is Suso from, what country?

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    James Tyler: Yes, thank you. Four at the back. Forgot to mention that.

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    [Comment from Aaron]
    Rodgers has shifted to four defenders

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    James Tyler: LFC corner is cleared. Glen Johnson picks up the loose ball, gallops to the touchline but can't find a teammate with a low cross. Ball's back with Chelsea.

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    James Tyler: Decent review that, Joanna. Considering Gerrard was in the box on the side of play where the ball was, anything could have happened.

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    [Comment from Joanna]
    I believe if injured player can impede play or be injured further, Ref has to stop play. Otherwise, injury handled after ball goes out of play. But it's been a long time since I was tested on the Rules...

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    James Tyler: Ramires tries to play a cute 1-2 with Oscar but Wisdom lurches in to break it up.

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    [Comment from El Rob]
    I think Suso is the EPL's Benjamin Button, looks younger every week!

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    [Comment from Duck]
    That sequence also showed why Jon Mikel Obi has not scored in whatever the ridiculous number of PL matches it has been

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    James Tyler: LFC with three shots today. All off target.

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    James Tyler: Will it be a game-changing switch?

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    James Tyler: SUB FOR LIVERPOOL: Suso on, Nuri Sahin off.

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    James Tyler: Considering he was in the box amid the fray, I think Webb's call was fair. Then again, I would say that.

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    [Comment from Aaron]
    IDK if Webb should've stopped play there. I confess I don't know the law about that though.

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    James Tyler: Hearing that Suso will replace Sahin.

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    [Comment from Evilevil]
    BR to Suso: "Now I need you to fight with Suarez for a ball, nudge him over again, this time falling over Ivanovic"

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    [Comment from David]
    Two captain fantastics down

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    James Tyler: Torres' glancing header is well saved by Jones from the set piece. Gerrard then goes down hurt under Torres and Webb halts the follow-up Chelsea attack in mid-flow so the Liverpool captain can get medical attention.

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    James Tyler: Oh my word, what a sequence. Things boiling over now.

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    James Tyler: YELLOW CARD, LIVERPOOL: Glen Johnson is beaten for pace by Oscar down the left side and elbows the young lad off the ball. Crowd brays for a red card but Webb adjudicates a less severe punishment. Free kick Chelsea.

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    James Tyler: Wonder what Rodgers had scribbled on his notepad for Suso to ogle.

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    James Tyler: Larry, I usually prefer to booze-oload.

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    [Comment from Larry B]
    Started to boil the water for my post-match depression pasta. Need to carboload and sleep off the inevitable hangover.

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    James Tyler: All very out of sync for Liverpool, agree. Rodgers will surely be making changes shortly. As I type, he's drawing doodles for Suso to muse over prior to coming on.

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    [Comment from Shannon]
    We need more attacking bite. Our midfield is seriously off-colour today. Would have been better off with them playing against Anzhi (and perform how they did against Everton).

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    James Tyler: Chance for Chelsea: Mata drifts infield from the right and blasts one from 25 yards with his left foot. It whizzes wide, never curling back on target.

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    James Tyler: But Will, remember that 2-0 is the most dangerous lead in football. As proven by Arsenal and Aston Villa yesterday.

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    [Comment from will]
    as long as this stays 1-0 i'm very nervous that liverpool will get back into this. we need at least one more goal

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    James Tyler: Suarez called for a foul. Good move by Johnson on the right, he feeds Suarez at the top of the box but the striker barges Ivanovic off the ball as the Serb comes in to intercept.

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    James Tyler: Torres tries to shrug Enrique off the ball on the halfway line but fouls this time.

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    James Tyler: Illness.

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    [Comment from Anthony]
    where is skrtel?

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    [Comment from John]
    Substitute: Assaidi on for Carragher

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    [Comment from Colin]
    Allen is having a rough game, but he's not getting much help either.

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    James Tyler: Mata's delivery to the near post is forcefully headed clear by Gerrard.

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    James Tyler: Free kick for Chelsea is boomed into the box but Agger flicks it behind for a corner.

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    James Tyler: Oh dear. YELLOW CARD, LIVERPOOL: Joe Allen. Shrugged off the ball by Torres and then fouls the Spaniard in frustration.

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    James Tyler: 49 minutes gone. LFC just not in this one so far.

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    James Tyler: (nods head)

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    [Comment from Dudeee]
    Dries Mertens, Holtby to strengthen the midfield and the wing. Younas Belhanda or Huntelaar to help out Suarez. ANTOINE GRIEZMANN. Remember that name. He is highly under-rated.

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    James Tyler: Now this is a commenter who has clearly not put any thought into fixing LFC whatsoever...

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    James Tyler: Enrique biffs a pass out of play. Jeers ring out around Stamford Bridge. LFC's big players not clicking today. Suarez notable for slipping and falling onto JT's leg. Gerrard subdued. Joe Allen sub-par.

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    James Tyler: None yet, Colin. Sadly.

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    [Comment from Colin]
    No changes??? Did BR watch the same first half I did?

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    James Tyler: (hangs head in shame)

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    [Comment from Howard Webb]
    You forgot my assist!

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    James Tyler: Sterling does well to dispossess Mata and scamper up the other end, though his run is curtailed by Mikel.

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    James Tyler: To recap the first half for you latecomers (tsk tsk): Oscar missed easy chance, Terry scores unmarked from a corner and then messes up his knee in accidental Suarez collision, then Mata misses easy chance right on half-time. 1-0 but all too comfy for the Blues so far.

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    James Tyler: Second half is underway!

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    James Tyler: JT update later.

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    [Comment from Colin]
    I actually think Cahill coming in for Terry helps Chelsea in this game (obviously not for their season hopes). It was a matter of time before Suarez went right around him.

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    James Tyler: Rog isn't here, TMLP, so no-one is impressed by your references. I've never seen that show. Yet.

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    [Comment from TwistyMaze LittlePassage]
    Terry being out affects Chelsea like Cersei Lannister's death would affect House Lannister. Initially a loss of short-term power, but much more likely to maintain long-term control.

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    James Tyler: We know Branislav can handle CB -- he did it a lot when Bosingwa was still gumming up the right flank.

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    [Comment from will]
    you ask about JT, JT, well i think it will impact us, because cahill and luiz are too erratic. unless ivanovic continues in the middle and cesar settles in at RB.

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    James Tyler: Orr! (shakes fist)

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    [Comment from Orr]
    Chelsea fans all still asleep from all the bottled PBR they had at last night's Mumford and Sons show, JT.

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    [Comment from Aaron]
    Not a CFC fan but best case- hyperextension, worst case- acl tear.

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    [Comment from Aaron]
    He'll be missed. Probably out for 6-8 weeks. Might hurt our title chances.

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    [Comment from Jack]
    I smell another Glen Johnson winner, complete with awesome facial expression.

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    James Tyler: CHELSEA FANS: Best-case scenario for Terry? And will his absence really impact the Blues that much?

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    [Comment from Colin]
    Liverpool need to pay whatever Dortmund will ask for Reus and fly him in right now.

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    James Tyler: Under-discussed? Yes -- all started at the Bridge. I feel nothing.

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    [Comment from will]
    possibly an under-discussed issue... but what is the deal with torres? did his loss of form start before he joined chelsea? i remember he won the world cup without scoring a goal and was stuttering for pool in the half season before chelsea got him.

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    James Tyler: A lovely dream but would never happen. Donetsk doesn't need the dough.

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    [Comment from TwistyMaze LittlePassage]
    LFC need to quickly fly in Willian, Srna, Fernandinho, Rat, and co. (If Shakthar make UCL knock-out stages, I'm taking my first vacation of 2013 to the Donbass!)

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    James Tyler: Coaching in his homeland and doing rather well at it.

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    [Comment from Matt]
    Where is Ole these days? Isn't he a coach?

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    James Tyler: FT: Newcastle 0, West Ham 1 -- didn't see that coming. Kevin Nolan's first half goal held up for the road-tripping Hammers.

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    James Tyler: I call him "Bosnian Gunnar Solskjaer."

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    [Comment from Pog]
    Just discovered there was another late winner from Dzeko. Do people call him "The Alan Gordon of the PL" yet?

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    [Comment from Colin]
    I would say Wisdom off but that leaves Carragher alone with Agger in the back...and that is not good. Carragher is basically a pilon at this point, not sure why he plays anymore.

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    [Comment from Bryce]
    Liverpool have too many men in the back, and not enough forward. Try Assaidi: he's earned his chance.

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    James Tyler: Honestly, more to gain by going for it/playing natural style than sitting back and hoping for a lucky break.

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    [Comment from Sean]
    hoping for Suso/Assaidi to come on for Carra or Wisdom, and switch to a 4-3-3

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    [Comment from Jack]
    I think Wisdom might come off.

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    James Tyler: I like Bielsa a lot. Athletic is having a dire season though. Javi Martinez' sale left a void and Llorente is way off-form this year.

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    [Comment from Aaron]
    JT, fan of Bielsa/Athletic? I love watching his teams and that one in particular.

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    James Tyler: Anyway, LFC fans: what is Rodgers doing at half time? What's he switching or changing?

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    James Tyler: No way. He telegraphed it the entire way! Schwarzer read the body language and went left.

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    [Comment from maverick]
    I actually think his penalty was better than Berbatovs

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    James Tyler: It was THE WORST. Underhit and poorly directed. Almost made me think Arteta is English.

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    [Comment from Aaron]
    How bad was Arteta's PK yesterday!

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    James Tyler: Other random results...
    FT - Atletico Bilbao 2, Sevilla 1
    FT - Lazio 3, Roma 2
    FT - Genoa 2, Napoli 4

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    James Tyler: (continues to weep)

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    [Comment from Bryce]
    Dominate possession but give up a goal on poor defending: classic 2012 Liverpool.

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    James Tyler: Also, kudos to Pog for an Aladdin reference. Clearly fatherhood has altered his pop culture exposure.

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    James Tyler: Yes -- still 1-0 West Ham deep into second half stoppage time.

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    [Comment from TwistyMaze LittlePassage]
    nything happening in Newcastle?

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    [Comment from Pog]
    For some reason, Mata destroying those two defenders with technique and then blowing the (comparatively) simple shot calls to mind the old "Infinite power, itty-bitty living space" line from Aladdin.

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    James Tyler: Bigger question: what impact might Terry's injury -- assuming it's long-term -- have on Chelsea's title fight on multiple fronts?

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    James Tyler: Brendan Rodgers isn't afraid to tinker and meddle if things aren't working. I would expect nothing less at half time today. Perhaps Downing, Assaidi or Suso into the mix? LFC to a back four instead of five?

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    James Tyler: HALF TIME: Chelsea 1, Liverpool 0. A supremely comfortable half for the Blues.

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    James Tyler: Exactly. Purchase are spread out. And the CL win also boosted the club's income considerably.

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    [Comment from M]
    I believe the profit doesn't take into account the recent signings i.e. Hazard, Oscar, Moses, etc. though. Its Roman though so who knows? I'm guessing there's a puncher's chance of landing a striker.

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    James Tyler: Suarez catches Ivanovic with a late tackle. No card.

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    James Tyler: Should have scored, much like Oscar should have scored early on,

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    James Tyler: Chance for Chelsea! Sublime, galloping run by Mata, nipping on the end of the throw in and charging infield from the right. He beats two defenders and has the whole goal to aim at but blasts over the bar from 18 yards out.

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    James Tyler: Whatever it is, Chelsea reported a profit. Can't argue.

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    James Tyler: Funny you should mention... the transfer fees for Oscar and Hazard are spread out over the next few years so the hit is less on the books this year. Also, sales of Drogba, Anelka etc can be added in full to the ledger.

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    [Comment from Jim from Reno]
    How much of that $2m profit was thanks to some creative accounting?

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    [Comment from Larry B]
    Change of formation or players for the second half for Liverpool. Can't seem to find any space in the midfield, no rhythm in the pass.

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    James Tyler: Suarez has a foot of room in the box -- first real time all game -- but he can't turn inside two defenders. Up the other end, Hazard wins a throw following good defending by Glen Johnson.

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    James Tyler: So they can spend more...

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    James Tyler: No way Roman spent all that money on Oscar, Hazard etc without spending more to tie it all together. Plus CFC is within the bounds of FFP, as per their report of a $2m profit last year.

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    [Comment from Ty]
    What are the odds of Chelsea bringing in a real striker in January? i.e. Falcao

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    James Tyler: Chance for Liverpool! Dreadfully slow header by Wisdom back to Jones is nearly intercepted. Thanks to Brad Jones for speeding off his line to smother the ball.

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    James Tyler: 5 minutes added time...

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    James Tyler: Very subdued game thus far. Lacking the dynamism of previous encounters.

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    James Tyler: That too. New contract = no dice.

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    [Comment from Guest]
    Huntelaar just reup'd in Germany. Not coming.

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    James Tyler: Long cross by Enrique but it's easy for Cech to catch.

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    James Tyler: Mikel tries to chip Mata in behind the LFC defense but the Spaniard doesn't make the run.

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    As he was carried off, Terry's look at Di Matteo was one that contained a rare vulnerability. He looked genuinely scared.

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    James Tyler: Doubt it unless the offer was right. Schalke is thriving with him at the front and Arsenal has been begging for some Klaas-Jan for ages without much luck.

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    [Comment from left4jeff]
    Would huntelaar come to liverpool in jan?

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    James Tyler: 43 minutes gone but with the Terry stoppage, expect the first half to hit the 50-minute mark. No real notable action since Cahill's entry.

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    James Tyler: There's actually no more episodes in production/to be aired, so there. Joke ruined!

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    [Comment from Jon]
    How many more episodes of being liverpool before a)Rodgers is sacked B)Liverpool owners realize how bad it is, and which one comes first

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    James Tyler: I think he's still clearly damaged from his non-career at Real Madrid, but he's growing in confidence with every passing week. The perfect technical passer for Rodgers' system but needs to get up to speed with the Prem's physicality and pace.

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    [Comment from maverick]
    James, how has Sahin been for Liverpool thus far? He was a revelation at Dortmund, then Mourinho ruined him.

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    [Comment from Aaron]
    My guess is hyperextended knee. Terry will be back around the New Year.

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    [Comment from M]
    Settle down. I'm a Blues fan and I even know its in good fun. Plus JT is on the dark side.

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    James Tyler: Corner's belted clear. Poor delivery.

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    James Tyler: So many Terry comments I could never post.

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    James Tyler: Corner for LFC now that the game is back on.

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    James Tyler: I think Suarez gets a bad rap. It's justified for the bad things he's done, but when it's applied to his every move, I think the criticism loses momentum.

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    [Comment from Aaron]
    Suarez visibly distraught. He is likely a good person with poor on-field antics at times.

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    James Tyler: Think we'll get about 8-10 minutes of first half injury time.

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    James Tyler: SUB FOR CHELSEA: John Terry off, Gary Cahill on.

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    James Tyler: Stamford Bridge breaks out in warm applause for the injured captain. Expect we won't know more on his injury until tomorrow.

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    James Tyler: This is the Boot Room. We like to have fun where we can. But I do hope JT makes a full recovery. Never like to see these serious injuries.

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    [Comment from rob]
    Its amazing how biased you are Tyler, this is ridiculous

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    James Tyler: The comments are a mix of schadenfreude and outright glee at Terry's misfortune. Shame on all of you. (kidding)

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    James Tyler: (ouch)

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    [Comment from FOP Aaron]
    John Terry: Captain, Leader, Cripple

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    James Tyler: No-one apart from you, slim.

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    [Comment from slim]
    Did someone say suarez dove onto Terry's knee?

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    [Comment from Larry B]
    Foul on Ramires. Stretcher him off. GIve us a free kick. Unfortunate but injuries happen in football.

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    James Tyler: Terry's getting on the stretcher, Gary Cahill prepping to come on.

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    James Tyler: Unfair, Trillarvi. Suarez pushed forward, slipped, it happens.

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    [Comment from Trillarvi]
    Nothing Suarez does is accidental

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    [Comment from John Terrys Knee]
    That hurt.

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    [Comment from Jade]
    John Terry's leg is broken!!!

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    [Comment from David]
    Looks like a knee injury, cruciate maybe

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    [Comment from Sean]
    terry just trying to get a rub from the attractive physio

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    James Tyler: On replay, Ramires pushes Suarez off the ball and the Uruguayan striker falls on Terry's right leg. Knee looked like it bent the wrong way. Not good.

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    James Tyler: I like that idea.

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    [Comment from Steve]
    Chelsea is going to let Liverpool hang around all game and then boom. Equalizer.

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    James Tyler: Looked like accidental contact but Terry ain't getting up.

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    James Tyler: Oh dear; Suarez and Terry collide in a battle of Public Enemies. Terry's in absolute agony. Trainers are on.

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    James Tyler: Form is cyclical and impermanent. Just like life. If he ebbs, he'll flow again soon. I think this experience can only help him, even if he is playing less than superbly.

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    [Comment from Jim from Reno]
    Is there any worry that Raheem Sterling may burn out, either towards the end of this season or in his career since he's still so young? Clearly he's exceptionally talented and Liverpool doesn't have many more options BUT to play him.

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    James Tyler: Good raking crossfield ball by Gerrard for Enrique -- sad that the left back has been Liverpool's most dynamic player moving forward thus far -- but the defender is offside.

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    James Tyler: Chelsea has completed 91% of its passes; LFC a disappointing 75% by comparison. The Blues also enjoying 70% of the ball to this point.

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    James Tyler: 33 mins gone. They are flying by.

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    James Tyler: Good flick by Suarez to find Enrique out wide on the left, but his low skidding cross is easily tidied up by John Terry.

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    James Tyler: Sterling fouled by Bertrand around halfway. LFC needs to wakey wakey.

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    James Tyler: Yeah. Shrugged off the ball very easily, offering little in the tackle. What up, Joe?

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    [Comment from Orr]
    Allen uncharacteristically poo so far today.

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    James Tyler: Promising mini-attack for LFC down the left but Sahin smudges a low shot wide of Cech's far post. Goal kick, Chelsea.

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    James Tyler: Indeed. I don't notice it as much any more. But it hurts.

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    Liverpool banner says 'Against Modern Football'. Though I sort of agree, it's little wonder that they'd want to go back to the 80s.

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    [Comment from Shannon]
    Tough times to be a Liverpool fan, James. I'm feeling your pain. For a few seasons now.

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    James Tyler: Maybe, maybe not. Not Carragher's fault on the goal -- Agger let Terry get free.

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    [Comment from VnezuelanDude]
    JT, Carra is a Liverpool legend no doubt, but do you think Coates might have been a better option in this 3 CB formation? He was the one who came in vs. Everton...

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    James Tyler: swung to the near post and headed over.

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    James Tyler: Free kick for Chelsea, wide left.

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    James Tyler: (prays for John's comment to come true)

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    [Comment from John]
    Cue Liverpool's captain fantastic to get a hat trick!!

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    James Tyler: Chance for Chelsea! Hazard, Oscar and Torres all combined, Joe Allen left for dead in midfield by Oscar. Ball's slipped left to Torres whose curling shot forces a fine stop from Jones. Rebounds falls to Hazard who scissor-volleys it wide.

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    James Tyler: 26 minutes gone and Cech yet to be troubled. This game needs some Stewart Downing, clearly.

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    [Comment from Howard Webb]
    I'm the most important man on the pitch. Everyone look at me

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    James Tyler: More like Steven Gerrard on a bad day. No need to take that shot.

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    [Comment from TwistyMaze LittlePassage]
    Agger channeling the ghost of Charlie Adam...

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    James Tyler: He's ill. Suffering from ague. The vapors. Could be flu. Might be a cold. Something that's not nice though.

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    [Comment from VnezuelanDude]
    I might have missed it... but did you talk about why Martin Skrtel is out? He vowed to keep Torres out of the area in an interview before the game!

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    James Tyler: Oh dear. Daniel Agger lurches into the Chelsea half, takes a touch and rockets a shot into the stands from 40-odd yards. He does love a good run-and-shoot, but that was woeful from the Dane.

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    James Tyler: Great corner, no doubt, but unforgivable defending.

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    [Comment from nathan]
    I am just glad to see us actually miss the first defender on a corner kick. Mid week was terrible

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    James Tyler: Sahin's fouled in midfield.

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    James Tyler: Brad Jones sharp again to intercept a Mata cross.

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    James Tyler: Indzeed he dzid. The Bosnian Solskjaer.

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    [Comment from Jim from Reno]
    Just looked at the early results, Dzeko did it again, huh?

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    James Tyler: LFC's response will be interesting. Defensive formation and personnel, 22 minutes in and a goal down.

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    James Tyler: "Leader, captain, legend, header"

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    [Comment from Elle]
    What do you think Terry's teammates said to him?

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    James Tyler: Swung deep into the box from the set piece but Brad Jones comes out and collects.

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    James Tyler: That's sweet, Jim. Thank you.

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    [Comment from Jim from Reno]
    Awww. I bet on Chelsea, but I'm pulling for Liverpool because of you, James.

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    James Tyler: Another Webb call, this one against Joe Allen. Free kick, Chelsea. Out of shooting range.

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    [Comment from A_Hess via Twitter]
    That corner came from the referee intercepting some Liverpool possession. Ta, Howard.

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    [Comment from Vargo]
    SCORE ONE FOR ZONAL MARKING....

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    Is that zonal marking? If it is, then it helps to not leave one zone completely open. And to make sure a main threat is neutralised. Awful.

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    James Tyler: Indeed. Awful. WEBB OUT

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    [Comment from Aaron]
    Howard Webb starts the break for Chelsea which leads to the corner for the goal...

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    James Tyler: Easy stuff.

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    James Tyler: Completely unmarked, drifts away from Agger to nod into the top corner.

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    James Tyler: (dammit)

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    James Tyler: Corner from the right, powerful header. 1-0

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    James Tyler: GOAL FOR CHELSEA! It's John Terry!

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    James Tyler: Ivanovic shoots it, well over.

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    James Tyler: Carragher fouls Torres under a high ball. Chelsea with a free kick, 35-ish yards out.

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    James Tyler: No way through for Chelsea and Hazard. LFC breaks, long ball to Sterling is held up well by the youngster but he lacks support and is dispossessed.

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    James Tyler: apples and oranges. Sahin = sets tempo. Suso = ups tempo. Eventually I'd like to see Suso in Gerrard's CAM role. Long time away, I bet.

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    [Comment from Amrit]
    Would have like to see Suso playing instead of Sahin. What do you think, JT?

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    James Tyler: Sterling whistled for offside. Clever idea by Enrique to slide it up the left flank as Raheem had broken in between Azpilicueta and Ivanovic. Mistimed his run.

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    James Tyler: 15 minutes in. Only Oscar with a real scoring chance.

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    James Tyler: Never. You need more than 11 players to win trophies. City has about 63 strikers on the books, all of them good.

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    [Comment from Sean G]
    would that spell the end for Nando?

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    James Tyler: Cech catches the second corner and cues a break, finding Torres unmarked. Good interplay with the Spaniard and Oscar, but the Brazilian's cut back cross is cleared.

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    James Tyler: Gerrard's delivery is deep into the box. Cleared by Ivanovic for another corner.

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    James Tyler: Glen Johnson wins a corner after good hustle down the right flank. Carragher rumbles forward. Agger in the mix too.

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    James Tyler: No way, Larry B -- he's far too expensive.

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    [Comment from Larry B]
    LFC making flirty eyes at David Ngog, meanwhile.

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    James Tyler: They've made flirty eyes at Falcao before. I expect that to continue.

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    [Comment from Sean G]
    JT, you mentioned that Chelsea will be spending in the winter (presumably on a striker). Who will they go after?

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    James Tyler: Passable, but not a starting GK in stature. That said, goalkeeping is the ultimate confidence game and good goalies can often come out of nowhere. See: Tim Krul, who surprised many at Newcastle. Or Michel Vorm, the 1m man from FC Utrecht. Or Ali Al-Habsi at Wigan.

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    [Comment from Guest]
    James - whwat do you think of Brad Jones?

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    James Tyler: Nine minutes in, Chelsea growing in confidence. Torres has a nice mazy run from midfield but is eased off the ball by Enrique who tracked the run.

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    [Comment from Larry B]
    He Reina and Jonjo are watching the match together from home, rapping like the Beastie Boys. Got the Ill Communication.

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    James Tyler: Happy to help incubate the meme. Bit scared as to what it might be though.

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    [Comment from TwistyMaze LittlePassage]
    "Brad Jones gets large" I sense a meme starting in the Boot Room

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    James Tyler: Joe Allen doesn't do that very often, to be fair.

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff]
    And that's why I predicted 4-1 to Chelsea. Can't give up the ball like that in your own half.

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    [Comment from Casey]
    Skrtel has a license to ill.

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    James Tyler: Enrique defends well in the left corner.

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    James Tyler: Chance for Chelsea! Joe Allen gives it away cheaply inside his own half, the Blues break and Oscar has a good opportunity to open the scoring. Brad Jones gets large and rushes off his line, the young Brazilian then biffs it over the bar. Let-off for Liverpool.

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    James Tyler: He is, like totally sick. Wait, actually ill. Sorry.

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    [Comment from Larry B]
    Skrtel is ill.

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    James Tyler: First effort for Petr Cech -- long lofted cross by Enrique from the left and the keeper springs out to punch clear. Glen Johnson was lurking for the cross at the back post.

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    James Tyler: Not sure.

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    [Comment from Mike]
    is Skrtel injured or something?

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    James Tyler: Carragher the middle CB of the three, flanked by Wisdom on the right and Agger left.

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    James Tyler: Hey now, TMLP -- that was a goal. Know why? Because the ref said so.

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    [Comment from TwistyMaze LittlePassage]
    Luis Garcia ghost goal! I don't know if I've ever seen Anfield rocking as much as that moment! Good times, good times...

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    James Tyler: Whoa Matt! In short, I think LFC needs all the warm, experienced bodies it can get. So no, I think Downing will linger.

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    [Comment from Matt K]
    Is Downing gonna be sold in January? I actually feel like he is a talented player and has had a rough stretch. Just because he hasn't scored in the Premier League doesn't mean he has done things well. True, Assaidi is effectively a replacement at left wing and Sterling is starting over him, but does it mean that he needs to be sold or can he become a squad player? Also, the same for Henderson really; except that he is a lot younger and has time to develop and grow.

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    James Tyler: Ahh, the FIFA 13 excuse. I use them all the time.

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    [Comment from Sean]
    cahill did just let it 2 standing headers to jermaine defoe in fifa 13, maybe thats why he's not starting

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    James Tyler: Half-hearted nudge in the box against Agger as Azpilicueta tracks the Dane's run. Good defending.

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    James Tyler: Enrique and Suarez combine on the left. LFC knocking it about early.

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    James Tyler: Offside against Torres. Ha!

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    James Tyler: Buck up, Andy! Don't sink into the red depression just yet!

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    [Comment from Andy]
    Is it just me or Carragher is already looking gassed? It's going to be a long 90 minutes for him!

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    James Tyler: LFC seems to be in a 5-3-2, but it's all very fluid and flexible. Could be a 3-5-2 depending on whether the Reds are in possession or not. Chelsea, as per usual, in its 4-2-3-1.

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    James Tyler: Guest: still easing him into the mix after a long injury lay-off. That and RDM would be a fool to meddle with Hazard, Oscar, Mata just yet.

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    [Comment from Guest]
    Is there something going on with Marko Marin? He looked a cut above the other new acquisitions over the pre-season. Are we going to see him soon?

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    [Comment from henry]
    torres to score 2 goals and suarez to score a late garbage time goal for liverpool, liverpool has no chance!!

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    James Tyler: We're off!

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    James Tyler: Right, ready for what should be an incendiary game. I think we'll get it all: sweet goals, soft goals, controversy and plenty of emotion. Stamford Bridge in full song.

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    [Comment from Nostradamus]
    There will be a controversial PK not given and second yellow to Suarez late in the match for diving. Chelsea 3-2.

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    James Tyler: Yes, Jimbo -- Remembrance Sunday. Minute's silence, please.

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    [Comment from Goals Galore]
    5-3 Chelsea in an entertaining match.

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    [Comment from Jimbo]
    For those who are across the pond, are the red 'flowers' on the kits for the armed forces in GB? Similiar to america's vet day?

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    [Comment from Brandon]
    Suarez and Sterling torment Chelsea defense, Torres blows numerous chances. 2-2 draw, with Chelsea thinking they should've taken all three points.

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    James Tyler: I like you, Vargo.

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    [Comment from Vargo]
    The league becomes a 2-horse race...Liverpool 2-1!!!

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    James Tyler: Nicely done, Casey.

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    [Comment from Casey]
    Predictions: Klinsman will leave out Altidore despite another great goal this weekend. Oh, and Chelsea 2-0.

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    [Comment from liverpoolfan]
    Chelsea 2-0 Liverpool

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    [Comment from Jimbo]
    Both defenses are weak, Im going with my heart.. 2-2 draw

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff]
    4-1 to Chelsea.

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    James Tyler: I'm sticking with the depressing 2-1 for Chelsea.

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    James Tyler: Five minutes to kickoff... let's have your predictions, then.

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    James Tyler: That too. Please, don't believe the hype until anything is said by the club/player. Far more inclined to believe them.

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    [Comment from Dan]
    The 50k demand from Sterlnig is just a made up umor. He said on twitter that he was just waiting until his 18th birthday to sign a new contract.

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    James Tyler: Don't knock it until you've tried it.

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    [Comment from Orr]
    5-4-1 for LFC? Gross.

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    James Tyler: (weeps)

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff]
    Ladies and Gentlemen, Joe "England's next big thing" Cole!

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    James Tyler: Yes. Sterling will get tethered soon enough, I'd expect. He's too good not to. Suso eventually extended his deal despite interest from La Liga.

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    Liverpool fans boo John Terry's name. Chelsea fans boo Luis Suarez's. The moral maze.

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    [Comment from havok]
    Do you think Liverpool gives in to sterling contract demand. Most promising player and 50K for a starter is not unreasonable. Losing him would be devastating.

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    James Tyler: I wasn't too impressed, to be honest. Perplexing that he's at LFC, irritating that the club is saddled with his salary a while longer. That said, could do worse off the bench.

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    [Comment from Jimbo]
    Did Cole impress anyone else during the week at russia? His footwork and movement was fantastic, although still not 100% amazing

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    James Tyler: You saw the 1-1 draw, right? LFC ran roughshod for good chunks of that game.

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    [Comment from henry]
    i would take 10 players out of newcastle's starting 11 over any player on liverpool (except maybe suarez)

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    James Tyler: The three-CB, 5-defender system -- fairly confident that's what's going on -- is designed to provide safety in numbers and hopefully not expose Carragher's obvious lack of pace.

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    [Comment from chris]
    why is Charra playing? he will get ran by the entire game

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    James Tyler: CFC: Oriol Romeu, Moses, Ferreira, Marin, Turnbull, Sturridge, Cahill.

    LFC: Cole, Assaidi, Henderson, Coates, Downing, Suso, Gulasci.

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    Chelsea announcer tells Liverpool fans to 'calm down, calm down'. Oooh, controversial.

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    James Tyler: I've got your subs for you....

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    James Tyler: Think that's unfair. The second-season swoon was bound to happen, but Pardew has been slow to adjust. Despite partnering at the international level, Demba Ba and Papiss Demba Cisse haven't fused well this year. Tiote's below par. Cabaye can't do it all alone.

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff]
    It's seeming more and more like Newcastle was a one-season wonder last year. Your thoughts?

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    James Tyler: Works quite well on occasion. Worth noting the partnership of Sterling and Suarez, two players who do seem to mesh well. Against Everton, Raheem was tucked in behind the striker and both came close to a game-winner. Before the actual game winner that was ruled no-goal, of course.

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    [Comment from Larry B]
    Looking forward to Suarez and co ignoring Brendan's orders not to play long balls again. Hoof it up to Luis, Jose!

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    James Tyler: Kevin Nolan rampaging, assisted by Joey O'Brien. 1-0 West Ham vs. Newcastle.

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    [Comment from Vargo]
    James, how did West Ham score?

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    James Tyler: I hope you're wrong, Aaron.

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    [Comment from Aaron]
    3 - 1 to the Blues. The scoreline will flatter with an injury time goal.

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    James Tyler: Indeed, but doesn't Roman expect more for his money?

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    [Comment from KTBFFH]
    The hate on Cahill and Luiz is getting annoying. They're not the best at their position in the world, but they're both still good.

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    [Comment from PCarrESPN via Twitter]
    Chelsea-Liverpool, 11 AM ET on FSC. Liverpool's 4-game league win streak vs Chelsea is its longest in series since '72-74.

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    James Tyler: Well, that too. The pairing is still a work in progress. This all feels like a "old heads prevail" from both teams. Terry and Carragher in the mix because they've been there, done that.

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff]
    So RDM has finally realized that Cahill and David Luiz aren't actually good defenders?

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    James Tyler: You realize you just set him up for a hat-trick. (Weeps)

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    [Comment from Alex]
    Sturridge should start. Torres will never score against Liverpool in his life.

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    James Tyler: Think you want JT in for this one, amazingly. Hate the person, respect his skill. Ivanovic has been a bit of a bogey player for LFC, scoring off headers, set pieces etc.

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    [Comment from Liam]
    Thoughts on Gary Cahill being left out?

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    James Tyler: They did it vs. Everton in the second half. It's to be more flexible on both sides of the ball. Crunch back when CFC attacks, flood the flanks when LFC is in possession. Very much a counter-attacking set-up, which sounds odd given the extra defender.

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    [Comment from Lawrence]
    I don't think Liverpool's midfield can compete with Chelsea's. And also why did they go with 5 at the back?

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    [Comment from Hao]
    I've just been into Subway and asked for their best sub. They asked me the 'Edin Dzeko' or 'Javier Hernández'

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    James Tyler: Thinking LFC is running three center backs with Johnson/Enrique serving as wing-backs.

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    James Tyler: LFC: Jones -- Glen Johnson, Wisdom, Carragher, Agger, Enrique -- Allen, Gerrard, Sahin, Sterling -- Suarez.

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    James Tyler: CFC: Cech -- Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Terry, Bertrand -- Ramires, Mikel -- Hazard, Oscar, Mata -- Torres.

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    James Tyler: Right. LINEUPS!

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    James Tyler: Yes -- City's late win has nudged them up the line. It's close. Both still trail United.

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    [Comment from Alex]
    Chelsea must win to get back in 2nd?

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    James Tyler: Never too early for such wit, guest. Thank you.

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    [Comment from Guest]
    Chelsea will win this one again bcoz Loserpool will do as their name says, (lose)

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    James Tyler: Hard to say, isn't it? Some players, you never can tell. United fans surely second-guess everything down the stretch. It's human nature.

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff]
    Hernandez yesterday makes me wonder if United would have won the title last year if they had played him more often than Welbeck in the last 3 months of the season.

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Join me! RT @ESPNFC: The #FCBootroom is open! Join @JamesTylerESPN for live coverage of #CFC v. #Liverpool -- soccernet.espn.go.com/feature/_/id/1…

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Reverse-reverse-jinx? RT @thegoalkeeper: That's not nice to do to him. RT @richardfarley: @JamesTylerESPN lfc's winning this one. #hunch

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    James Tyler: Bit harsh that, but Liverpool does seem to rise to the Chelsea challenge no matter what state of mania the club is in.

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    [Comment from Guest]
    this is the fixture liverpool looks forward to every year.. smashing torres' face into ground.

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    James Tyler: I cannot possibly pick LFC despite every fiber of my being wanting them to win. 2-1 Chelsea. Late game-winner, much like Dzeko this morning.

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    [Comment from Liam]
    Predictions today?

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    James Tyler: My money's on Martin Skrtel. Just kidding.

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    [Comment from Hao]
    Hernandez again yesterday, Dzeko again today. Who else? Suarez?

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    James Tyler: I think they can but all hinges on who they buy in January to play up front. Torres will let down Matazardscar.

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    [Comment from Sameer]
    what do u guys think about chelsea's title challenge. Do u think they can win it come May?

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    James Tyler: Such wit, Shaun. See you at full time. (dons knuckle dusters, waits outside Shaun's house)

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    [Comment from Shaun]
    ESPN's lead sentence reads, "can Liverpool derail Chelsea's quest for the title?"...when it just as easily could read, "will Chelsea derail Liverpool's hopes for a top 10 finish?"...

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    James Tyler: So am I, ideally.

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    [Comment from Bean from TX]
    Hello. Looking forward to seeing Suarez run rampant

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    James Tyler: !!!! Please, Brendan Rodgers. I've been a very good boy this year. Wait, this is my letter to Santa.

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff]
    Come on Liverpool!

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    James Tyler: And so it begins... the Scouser in me sadly agrees. But I'm desperately rooting for the other result.

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    [Comment from Alex]
    Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool

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    James Tyler: Boring morning so far, eh? Edin Dzeko. Again. All he does is bail out City. He's the Bosnian Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

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    James Tyler: Good morning, all!

 
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Goal Shot Video
  •  
  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • Chelsea

  • 15(3)

  • 35

  • 12

  • 43%

    57%

  • Liverpool

  • 9(3)

  • 31

  • 13

Chelsea

Line-up
POS No Name

G

1 Petr Cech

D

2 Branislav Ivanovic

D

26 John Terry
D
24 Gary Cahill

D

28 César Azpilicueta

D

34 Ryan Bertrand

M

7 Ramires

M

10 Juan Mata

M

12 John Mikel Obi

M

17 Eden Hazard

F

9 Fernando Torres
F
23 Daniel Sturridge

F

11 Oscar
M
13 Victor Moses
 
Substitutes
POS No Name
G 22 Ross Turnbull
D 19 Paulo Ferreira
D 24 Gary Cahill
M 6 Oriol Romeu
M 13 Victor Moses
M 21 Marko Marin
F 23 Daniel Sturridge

Liverpool

Line-up
POS No Name

G

1 Brad Jones

D

5 Daniel Agger

D

23 Jamie Carragher

D

47 Andre Wisdom

M

2 Glen Johnson

M

3 José Enrique

M

4 Nuri Sahin
F
30 Suso

M

8 Steven Gerrard

M

24 Joe Allen

F

7 Luis Suárez

F

31 Raheem Sterling
 
Substitutes
POS No Name
G 42 Peter Gulacsi
D 16 Sebastián Coates
M 10 Joe Cole
M 14 Jordan Henderson
M 19 Stewart Downing
F 11 Oussama Assaidi
F 30 Suso

Match Stats

  • Chelsea
  • Liverpool
15(3) Shots (on goal) 9(3)
12 Fouls 13
4 Corner kicks 7
1 Offsides 7
43% Time of Possession 57%
1 Yellow Cards 3
0 Red Cards 0
2 Saves 2