The result leaves Chelsea with no choice but to win the Champions League final against Bayern if they have to make it back to that competition next season.
Not the best day for Ross Turnbull in the office. Petr Cech's stand in was nowhere to be found when Daniel Agger scored his header and his terrible give away to Jonjo Shelvey resulted in another goal. Jordan Henderson took full advantage of John Terry's slip and scored Liverpool's third goal with a top notch finish. The Chelsea captain had a forgettable outing yesterday looking lost, bewildered, confused and any other synonym of clueless one can come up with.
The highlight was a superb Luis Suarez run down the margins of the right flank staying on his feet to take on three and sometimes four defenders to slalom his way towards goal before scooping the ball deliberately onto Michael Essien from a tight angle for Liverpool's first strike. If there were awards for MENSA moments in football, Suarez would have walked away with it a dozen times this season. But as much as Suarez thrives on being improvisational, he's shown himself to be a dud when it comes to the simple direct approach. In the early minutes he nutmegged Terry with breathtaking ease creating acres of space to operate in front of goal. An expectant Liverpool crowd waited to uncork their champagne only for Suarez to anti-climactically shank his shot miles wide.
Fernando Torres was booed unmercifully in his Anfield return but he provided yet another shot that carromed off the crossbar. Is there any other striker other than RVP where that structure has been the cause of so much grief? He was not the only one wishing to vaporize metal as Stewart Downing found the upright in his spot kick and Branislav Ivanovic was similarly denied with his header off a corner. Ramires pulled one back but this was a day for the Reds to effect a payback for the FA Cup loss.
Liverpool did a huge favour to Arsenal, Spurs, and Newcastle by ensuring Chelsea finish out of the top four for the first time in the Roman Abramovich era. Andy Carroll showing signs of life finally augurs well for Liverpool in this surprisingly strong showing. Daniel Sturridge, not so much for Chelsea.