John Terry Is Head And Shoulders Above The Rest
It took John Terry just five minutes to head his side – and this remains very much his side – into the lead, and in doing so he passed David Unsworth to become the Premier League’s all-time top scoring defender with 39 goals.
The rough and ready former Everton full-back Unsworth used to regularly dispatch penalties with brute force, and so the fact that Terry has only had to rely on goals when the ball is moving and not 12 yards out makes his achievement all the more impressive.
Liverpool’s marking on the corner was terrible, but there are still few better players at muscling into space than Terry, whose renaissance continues.
But Steven Gerrard Isn’t Bad Either
As the clock ticks down on his Liverpool career, Steven Gerrard seems to have re-invented himself as a dominant force when attacking set-pieces.
After the late header to win the game against QPR last week came the equaliser here, when Gerrard was able to lose his marker John Obi Mikel in the penalty area and nod home unmarked at the back post.
Given all the long-range blockbusters he’s struck over his career it is something of an irony that perhaps Gerrard’s most important Liverpool goal was the header he scored in Istanbul to kick-start the 2005 Champions League final comeback, and in this past week he’s served a couple of reminders of how he really has been such a complete footballer.
John Obi Mikel Is Looking A Little Long In The Tooth
If he makes it to the end of next season at Chelsea, Mikel will be eligible for a testimonial.
That seems to be a huge if, though, and with no little surprise given his erratic performance here which included losing Gerrard for his goal and getting booked for clattering into Raheem Sterling.
The likes of Sterling, Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana all looked to be too quick for the Nigerian midfielder, who must surely be one of those most at risk when Jose Mourinho goes shopping in the summer.
Eden Hazard Has Started His Holidays Already
Have you ever seen a less effective performance from the PFA Player of the Year Eden Hazard?
This wasn’t so much about Liverpool keeping him quiet, but more a lack of dynamism or indeed effort from the brilliant Belgian, who looked as though he was already on his holidays as he drifted through the game without much incident.
He’s allowed that, of course, given his wonderful performances this season, but the standards certainly slipped during what was essentially a Sunday stroll for him.
No Champions League, But Signs Of Life From Liverpool
With the youngsters Jerome Sinclair and Jordon Ibe on the pitch and an improved showing in the second period, it was possible to see signs of life from a Liverpool team who are constantly being told that there aren’t any.
Of course, plenty will point to Chelsea’s apparent indifference having already earned the title, but Brendan Rodgers won’t have to look too hard to find some positives, despite his side missing out on the Champions League.
What is clear now is that he and his club need a perfect summer in the transfer market, with the recruitment of at least one goalscorer priority number one.
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