Reds lose but not all is lost

Reds lose but not all is lost
Chelsea's Kalas challenges Liverpool's Sterling
Chelsea's Tomas Kalas (R) challenges Liverpool's Raheem Sterling during their English Premier League soccer match at Anfield in Liverpool, northern England April 27, 2014.

SINGAPORE - It's not all doom and gloom for Liverpool, even though they've lost their first league game since last December.

They are still leading the Premiership table with two games to go, although it would be interesting to see how Manchester City fare in their run-in to the title race.

The fans at Anfield were amazing last night (Singapore time) when Brendan Rodgers' men hosted Chelsea, but the players did not impress at all.

I was rather surprised at the manager's decision to field Lucas Leiva in the starting line-up, since the Brazilian was poor in their last match against Norwich, where they won 3-2.

I thought Daniel Sturridge would feature in the first 11 so that the England international, Luis Suarez and Raheem Sterling could pressure the visitors from the get-go.

Instead, they did not create many clear-cut chances, and it was an unfortunate slip by captain Steven Gerrard that led to Demba Ba scoring the first goal.

In previous matches, Liverpool have had to cling on to their advantage after taking early leads, but there was nothing to hang on to last night. The game also exposed Liverpool's weakness at the most crucial period - the depth of their squad.

Rodgers had only Sturridge to turn to on the bench, whereas Jose Mourinho had more options on the Chelsea bench, notwithstanding the fact that he made changes with Thursday morning's Champions League tie against Atletico Madrid in mind.

That said, the Blues had a perfect match.

They were disciplined enough in defence and could afford to sit back and let the hosts come at them before striking them on the counter.

That was exactly what they did in both goals.

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