It was a case of so near, and yet so far for Liverpool today, as we were held to a frustrating 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge. The Blues started strongly, taking the lead early on, but we dominated the latter stages and deserved a winner that simply wouldn’t come.
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John Terry headed in the opening goal, which was then cancelled out by Steven Gerrard. Philippe Coutinho and Jordan Henderson both came close to forcing a winner but a lack of cutting edge up front was ultimately what cost us.
The day started by the Reds welcoming the Premier League champions on to the pitch with a guard of honour, a traditional gesture that was well received by all around Stamford Bridge:
Rickie Lambert was then caught out at the back. Asked to defend John Terry, one of Chelsea’s biggest threats at set pieces, from the corner, he misjudged the flight of the ball and allowed the Blues’ captain a simple headed opener.
Chelsea might have been down to ten men soon after. Fabregas should have seen a second yellow card for this pull on Raheem Sterling. Considering the Blues would have been down to ten men for the majority of the game, this moment was arguably decisive.
Despite the jeers of the Chelsea fans, Gerrard scored goal number 184 for Liverpool, flicking home Jordan Henderson’s cross to deservedly bring the visitors level.
Liverpool dominated large portions of the second-half but simply couldn’t force that winner we so dearly needed. There was still time for Gerrard to receive a wonderful reception as he was clapped off by all four sides of the ground.
The result leaves us six points adrift of fourth place Manchester United with just two games left to play. They’re goal difference is currently 14 better than our own, meaning will need a minor miracle to overtake them and claim their Champions League spot.