Chelsea tear up the title script at Anfield

Mourinho's men upset Premier League leaders to resurrect their hopes but Manchester City, with games in hand, are likely to benefit the most

PUBLISHED : Monday, 28 April, 2014, 12:14am
UPDATED : Monday, 28 April, 2014, 12:14am


An untimely slip by Steven Gerrard inadvertently helped Chelsea claim a 2-0 win over Premier League leaders Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday to revive their faint title hopes.

The Liverpool captain lost his footing in first-half injury time, enabling Demba Ba to run through and score, with Willian adding a late second goal as Jose Mourinho's side moved to within two points of the summit.

The result brought Liverpool's 11-game winning streak to an end and although it resurrected Chelsea's title chances, the chief beneficiaries could be Manchester City.

The champions will be City or Liverpool so we have nothing to celebrate
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho

City can move level on points with Liverpool by winning their two games in hand, and with a superior goal difference - plus 56 to plus 50 - Manuel Pellegrini's team have an advantage.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was not getting carried away with the win, and downplayed their title hopes. He told BBC Sport: "Now we can say we won both matches against the champions. If it's Liverpool, we won both. If it's City, we won both. With these three points we need one point to finish third.

"The champions will be City or Liverpool so we have nothing to celebrate.

"But the boys had an amazing performance so I'm so happy for them and for the fans. This is the spirit we always want at Chelsea football club."

After the Gerrard disaster in time added on in the first half, Liverpool came out determined to launch a full-on attack but a deflected Gerrard effort that Mark Schwarzer easily saved was the best they could muster in the early stages of the second half.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers responded by sending on the fit-again Daniel Sturridge and Schwarzer was obliged to exert himself fully moments later, plunging to his left to repel a Joe Allen volley. Chelsea, however, carried a threat on the counter-attack and it took a fine one-handed save by Simon Mignolet to prevent Andre Schurrle from making it 0-2.

Allen and Gerrard each saw long-range efforts saved by Schwarzer, while the Liverpool captain could only plant a header straight at the goalkeeper from Luis Suarez's dinked cross.

Chelsea had the last word, with Fernando Torres racing clear and unselfishly teeing up fellow substitute Willian for an easy tap-in that Mourinho celebrated by thumping his chest on the touchline.