The victory ends Liverpool’s 16-week unbeaten streak.
Liverpool’s quest for a 12th consecutive win in the English Premier League, EPA, was halted on Sunday as Chelsea blew the tittle race open with their 0-2 win at Anfield.
Jose Mourinho fielded what was supposed to be a “weak” side but the Blues nonetheless were effective enough to secure a vital win that has now indeed reignited their EPL title aspirations.
After early exchanges in which the hosts enjoyed better possession and created the better chances, the Blues got in front just in the death of the first-half stoppage time.
It was Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard who slipped in the middle of the field, allowing Demba Ba to race through on goal and slot under Simon Mignolet.
The Senegalese again proved he could deliver when it matters most.
Not long into the second half Liverpool appealed for a penalty of their own when Tomas Kalas, making his Premier League debut at centre-back, eased out Raheem Sterling in the area. Again the referee waved play on.
From the Liverpool side, it was Joe Allen who first put to test stand-in Chelsea keeper Mark Schwarzer on the hour mark when his crisply-hit first-time volley was tipped wide by the 41-year-old Aussie.
Moments later Mignolet kept out Andre Schurrle with a similar save down the other end, with Chelsea looking to counter-attack when given the opportunity.
Although Liverpool continued to have plenty of the ball in Chelsea’s half, Mourinho’s men would actually score the second in stoppage time on the counter-attack through William.
Victory for the Blues saw them end Liverpool’s 16-game unbeaten streak in 2014 – incidentally, the Reds’ last league defeat was at Stamford Bridge in the reverse fixture in December.
Liverpool remain top despite defeat but are now just two clear of Chelsea, with Manchester City six back but crucially with two games in-hand and a better goal difference.
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