John Terry: Defeat a kick up the backside

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Chelsea captain John Terry has urged his side to learn the lessons of the 2-0 defeat at Liverpool which cut their lead at the top of the Premier League to just two points.

The Blues were far from their best at Anfield on Sunday afternoon and paid the price by falling to just their second league defeat of the season.

Terry told the Evening Standard:"I don't think we ever take things for granted at this club, but maybe this is the kick up the backside we all needed.

"We haven't been playing too well recently but have been grinding out results.

"We have another gear to find and we're still at the top of the Premier League, so we have to be encouraged by that, but we can't forget what has got us there in the first place.

"In the last couple of games away from home, we have started the game very slowly and we did the same yesterday.

"I am disappointed to lose in the manner we did. I just think the tempo was missing early on. We tried to take the sting out of the game but it backfired on us.

"The next thing we knew we were 2-0 down and by the time we got our game together in the second half, it was too little too late.

"We let it go too easily early on. It was frustrating and we need to look at it."

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