Liverpool win denies Chelsea
- Published: 9 May 2012 at 07.07
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LONDON: Chelsea will have to win the Champions League final if they are to compete in next season's edition after a 4-1 defeat by Liverpool on Tuesday ended their hopes of a top four Premier League finish.
Just three days after beating Liverpool 2-1 in the FA Cup final at Wembley, Chelsea were 3-0 behind inside half an hour at Anfield following an own-goal from Michael Essien and goals from Jordan Henderson and Daniel Agger.The defeat means Chelsea must beat Bayern Munich in the Champions League final on May 19 if they are to secure a place in the competition next season as they can now no longer finish fourth in the Premier League.Chelsea caretaker manager Roberto di Matteo made wholesale changes to his side, but the Italian will be concerned the FA Cup winners have now won just one of their last five league games.Rarely have Liverpool looked forward to the end of the season so much after enduring a campaign where a League Cup final win has failed to mask their mediocre league form.They lost their last two games at Anfield while their fans had been starved of a home league win since March 13 and even this victory left the Reds, managed by Anfield great Kenny Dalglish, in a relatively lowly eighth place.Chelsea went into the game having secured more away points (25) than Liverpool had managed at home (24).But di Matteo's decision to rest his key players ahead of the Champions League final back-fired spectacularly.Chelsea made eight changes to the side that started the 2-1 FA Cup win over Liverpool at Wembley.Liverpool, who were without skipper Steven Gerrard, were clearly desperate to put right the wrongs from a disappointing performance at the weekend.And they never looked back after Essien turned the ball into his own net in the 19th minute while trying to clear from Luis Suarez.Two minutes earlier, Branislav Ivanovic rattled the woodwork after a corner from six-yards when the unmarked Chelsea...
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