Chelsea didn’t really turn up at Anfield tonight, and were well beaten by Liverpool 4-1.
Roberto Di Matteo – two Chelsea defeats in a row in the league
And it was 3-0 after only 27 minutes, with a Michael Essien own goal, a nice goal from former Sunderland star Jordan Henderson, and Danish International Daniel Agger added a third.
And just before half time Andy Carroll was elbowed in the chest by Branislav Ivanovic, but Stewart Downing missed the penalty, and he hit the right hand post and the ball rebounded to safety, and scoring penalties has been very difficult for the Reds this season.
In the second half Liverpool gave away a really soft goal almost immediately to Ramires, which is the second goal he’s scored against Liverpool in as many games.
And then on 61 minutes Jonjo Shelvey had the ball in the back of the net following a terrible clearance by former Middlesbrough goalkeeper Ross Turnbull.
Chelsea are now 4 points behind Newcastle on 61 points, with just one game to play, so that guarantees Newcastle 5th place in the league and presumably a place in the Europa League group stages – at least.
But with Newcastle only one point behind Tottenham and only 2 points behind Arsenal, a win at Goodison Park on Sunday could see Newcastle finish in the top four and possibly gain a Champions League place.
If Newcastle finish in 4th place that will depend on how Chelsea fare against Bayern Munich in Munich on 19th May in the Champions League final, because if the Blues win they will become England’s 4th entry in the competition for next season, at the expense of the 4th placed team.
Newcastle have done phenomenally well in the league this season, and it’s not over yet.
We cannot wait for Sunday’s game at Everton.
Howay The Lads!!