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Chelsea 1 Liverpool 2

I don’t know what was supposed to be spectacular about the pre-match explosion of lights down at Stamford Bridge because once Liverpool got going everything seemed dull by comparison. I’m a fully paid up, life and honorary member of the cynics club but those first forty-five minutes at Stamford Bridge for the benefit of Friday Night Football had to surely be the best we’ve played away from home in years. We simply outplayed and outclassed Chelsea and scored two quality goals and deserved more. Those of us who were in the hovel that is the Stamford Bridge away end revelled in it all.
It wasn’t any surprise that Chelsea got better in the second half but apart from the goal they scored, we looked pretty comfortable and we more or less matched them in all areas of the pitch.
Back to the first half, that might have been Jordan Henderson’s best 45-minutes in a Liverpool shirt? Sometimes he tries too hard to be like Steven Gerrard, but on Friday he came reasonably close to the real thing. Matip and Lovren are looking like a partnership and Milner even looked a decent full back.
I thought the away support, some who’d spent about seven hours on the Motorways of England was exceptional but the highlight for me was a lone voice. When the nutcase who masks as the Chelsea pitchside announcer wandered round the pitch at halftime with the British Olympians who claimed to be Chelsea fans one of them waved a small Chelsea flag as they went past us. As he did so, the lone voice sang out “Is that your famous plastic flag”?
The cynic tells me there’s another ‘Burnley’ somewhere along the way but for now I’ll enjoy the fruits of a victory inside the gates of Hell.

Liverpool 4 Leicester 1

On a weekend when the hype surrounding at least one game in the Premier Division was Sky high and Mario Balotelli said joining Liverpool was biggest mistake of his life – and the list of his mistakes is very long – what a pleasure it was to watch a performance from the current crop that was more about team ethics and team work than any one individual.
I’ve long stopped getting carried away by just about anything but this performance showed we’ve got a bit of quality around the place and it was fitting that it was shown in front of the former players and no doubt a few celebs filling parts of the new Main Stand. I’ve read and heard a few comments about how Daniel Sturridge is more an individual than a team player but on Saturday he was as much a team player as anyone on the pitch. Whilst the not to super Fab Mario was having his say Sadio Manè was doing his talking on the pitch and that’s all that really interests the majority of us. Since his arrival at the club there might be as many doubters as there are believers in Firmino but on Saturday maybe he swayed a few more of the doubters into the believe camp, that first goal oozed class. And his Samba pal Coutinho wasn’t even on the pitch but for once we hardly noticed. If Adam Lallana saved fat Sam’s bacon in midweek well he added a bit of relish to this display against the Champions of England [that’s what they are].
We still made mistakes; the goal we gave away was just that, a giveaway. As somebody said afterwards, it’s part of our game now giving goals away. The goal apart I thought Lucas did okay as a makeshift central defender, I wouldn’t want him there every game but both him and Matip didn’t do too badly.
No, I don’t get carried away anymore; the win at Arsenal remains very much in the mind but so does the non-show at Burnley. The evil of Stamford Bridge waits on the Sky hyped Friday night football. Now we no longer have Skrtel Costa will be looking for someone else to leave his stud marks on.