LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 08: Ross Turnbull of Chelsea in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield on May 8, 2012 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
If I cared, I would be furious. Fortunately, I don't. I haven't since we put out a reserve team for Arsenal. Still, I get those who do, especially the fans who travelled to Anfield to see that incredibly pitiful display by Chelsea. If you are embarrassed by what the club did today, that's both reasonable and entirely your call, but it's been clear for weeks now that despite 4th place being a reasonable target, our focus is on the Champions League and the FA Cup, so I'm not really sure what everyone was expecting.
This is what you get when you play a team that actively could not care less. The only players who looked interested were Ryan Bertrand, Ramires and Fernando Torres, and the Chelsea defence looked like they were actively trying to let Liverpool score. John Terry managed to make as many major errors in the first half hour as David Luiz has all season, and Branislav Ivanovic was hardly any better. Liverpool raced out to a 3-0 lead and despite missing a penalty and seeing Ramires hip-thrust a reply past Pepe Reina, never looked back.
There were some positives - Torres hit the bar with a great run and shot, Romelu Lukaku got some significant minutes and nearly scored (I honestly don't know how he missed) and the match was really really really funny when you look at it in a vacuum. But the biggest positive of all is that none of the players who started here will be doing so in Munich. All of our eggs are now in one basket.
No community ratings on this one. There's no point whatsoever.
- The double pivot of Oriol Romeu and Michael Essien might not even have been there. It was absolutely awful.
- Daniel Sturridge tried to play in some nice crosses.
- People are going to make a big deal out of this from both Chelsea's and Liverpool's perspectives. It's not. The Blues didn't care, and Liverpool did. Simple stuff, really.
- Lukaku's really got to improve in the air.
- Ross Turnbull: Lols machine.
- Seriously, whatever. The Champions League final is all that matters for the rest of our season.