Nicolas Anelka sends Chelsea top with victory over Liverpool
Predictability was a delight for Chelsea. The side must reduce their opponents to fatalism when they have this durability and efficiency about them. Liverpool, eager as they were in the hunt for revival in the Premier League, were well contained. Hilario, deputising for a suspended Petr Cech, did not have an outstanding save to make until dealing with a Steven Gerrard effort in the last few moments.
It must, of course, be a pleasure to the manager, Carlo Ancelotti, that there is searing reliability to Didier Drogba these days. Once again he could not be denied and in this case he set up both goals. Liverpool’s effort was great and they may therefore be all the more despondent that they have been defeated for the third time in the league, with October barely begun.
Rafael Benítez’s side stand fifth in the table, but Manchester City will overtake them and Arsenal if they are not beaten at Villa Park this evening. The Liverpool manager has aimed to give his team a more enterprising air, but he has sacrificed more durability than he intended.
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