Liverpool 4-1 Chelsea – Positive Finish Covers Faultlines

By Jonathan Carroll

Following Chelsea’s FA Cup Final victory over Liverpool this was always going to be a chance for the Redmen to extract some revenge. With both teams fielding less than 100% of their starters Liverpool jumped out to an early lead and never looked back.

Goals from Michael Essien (o.g.), Jordan Henderson, Daniel Agger and Jonjo Shelvey saw Kenny Dalglish’s men finish the home season in fine style but papered over the real issue at hand. Liverpool’s poor form at home has been too chronic to be bad luck and hitting the post has now become an excuse(see Stewart Downing). If Liverpool are to move closer to the Champions League spots next term a vast improvement is needed. A level of consistency must be established and new signings brought in to push the current crop of players for a starting spot.

It is highly unlikely that FSG and John W. Henry will pay out such vast amounts of money this summer, instead cheaper foreign up and coming talent may be targeted. Fingers crossed anyway. Kenny Dalglish will get a second full term in charge. Many performances have been devoid of tactics and the timing of substitutes in key games at times bemusing but Dalglish has at least one more season to right the wrongs of summers past.

The underperforming players on the other hand may not. Downing, Henderson and Charlie Adam all failed to impress for the most part. Carroll could also be added to that list but most will only remember his previous two performances in which he has shown how dominant he could potentially be once he applies himself. John Terry was made to look like an old age pensioner on Tuesday night when paired against the big striker. Carroll now looks as if he is angry at the situation and no longer fits the deer in the headlights description that he mirrored before. Few Liverpool fans would argue against adding quality talent this summer to last years recruits but Downing has failed in so many aspects it’s difficult to find a reason to keep him.

Back at Anfield, during the player’s lap of appreciation for the fans, it was disheartening to see a talent such as Maxi Rodriguez wave goodbye to a fan base in which he is adored yet has never received the recognition from his superiors with a run of games in the starting eleven. Let’s just hope Liverpool’s owners move faster than Charlie Adam when identifying possible new signings for next season.

Liverpool

  • 25 Reina
  • 02 Johnson
  • 05 Agger Booked
  • 23 Carragher
  • 37 Skrtel
  • 11 Maxi (Kuyt – 83′ )
  • 14 Henderson Booked
  • 19 Downing (Sterling – 83′ )
  • 33 Shelvey
  • 07 Suarez
  • 09 Carroll

Substitutes

  • 32 Doni
  • 16 Coates
  • 34 Kelly
  • 20 Spearing
  • 31 Sterling
  • 18 Kuyt
  • 39 Bellamy

Chelsea

  • 22 Turnbull
  • 02 Ivanovic Booked
  • 19 Ferreira Booked
  • 26 Terry Booked
  • 34 Bertrand
  • 05 Essien Booked
  • 06 Romeu
  • 07 Ramires
  • 15 Malouda
  • 09 Torres
  • 23 Sturridge (Lukaku – 68′ )
Referee:  Kevin Friend
Attendance: 40,721
Match Statistics
Liverpool                             Chelsea
Possession                 48%                                     52%
Shots                           23                                          9
Shots on Target          13                                          5
Corners                        7                                           4
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About Jonathan Carroll

I’m a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Born and bred in Ireland I played Gaelic football and soccer while growing up and attended the prestigious Colaiste Ide in Dublin to prepare for a soccer scholarship to the USA. I played soccer at Thomas University in Georgia and was made team captain in my junior and senior years. I was honored to become an All-American in those same years. I graduated in 2007 and coached high school and collegiate level soccer programs incorporating year round strength and conditioning techniques with great success. I moved to Boston in 2011 and went on to work at Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning. I am currently the head strength and conditioning coach for the Boston Wolfe Tones Gaelic football team. Qualifications: Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA) USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach FMS Certified United States Soccer Federation “D” License Football Association of Ireland Certified

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