Liverpool FC proved they suffered from no Wembley fatigue, three days after Chelsea claimed their 7th FA Cup title at their expense, with 4-1 hammering of The Blues at Anfield.
Chelsea made eight changes to the team that won on Saturday, with Cole, Lampard and Mata all starting on the bench. The Liverpool team was missing Stephen Gerrard, who was watching from the stands, with Dalglish making four additional changes to the team that lost at the weekend with Jamie Carragher, Maxi Rodriguez, Jonjo Shelvey and Andy Carroll all starting.
Liverpool dominated proceedings from kick off, creating chances with Suarez and Carroll working well together. Liverpool soon went one nil up , thanks to an own goal from Michael Essien twenty minutes in, with Jordan Henderson making it two five minutes later and Agger adding a third 28 minutes in. Fernando Torres created one of Chelsea’s’ only chances, hitting the wood work, as their defence struggled to contain a rampant Liverpool. Just before half time, Liverpool’s Stewart Downing missed a penalty after Ivanovic elbowed Carroll in the box.
The second half began in a similar vein, with Ramires’ shot trickling into the Liverpool net against the run of play to make it 3-1. Liverpool responded in kind with a goal from Shelvey reasserting their dominance ten minutes later.
Suarez despite his energetic play was lucky to escape a booking after catching Ivanovic in the face with his arm. Liverpool made some late substitutions with Dirk Kuyt coming on for Maxi Rodriguez, with both players possibly making their swansong for the club. A 4-1 victory marks Liverpool’s second home win of 2012, marking an end to the teams worst run of home form since 1949.