The winners and losers from Liverpool vs Chelsea

During the weekend Liverpool hosted Chelsea at Anfield in an explosive and entertaining encounter, but once again it was Jose Mourinho’s men that walked away with all three points in a 2-1 victory.

The Blues are now four points clear at the top of the table and unbeaten thus far, with nine wins out of a possible 11. Southampton are second in the league, but it seems their great run of form is bound to come to an end sometime soon, while champions Manchester City are at third and eight points behind the league leaders already.

It seems that Chelsea are running away with the Premier League trophy, while at Liverpool things are getting worse and worse for Brendan Rodgers and Co. after suffering their third consecutive loss in all competitions.

So after the weekend’s game, who were the winners and losers from Liverpool vs Chelsea?

[ffc-gallery]Are you sitting comfortably? Then we’ll begin…

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Winner: Jose Mourinho

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Last season Jose Mourinho blamed the fact that Chelsea didn’t have a world class striker for their unsuccessful title challenge and many critics pointed to that as just an excuse from ‘The Special One’.

Well he wasn’t wrong, as it is Diego Costa’s 10 goals that has propelled the Blues into a league-dominating team. He tactically outwitted every opponent and if he can keep his side ticking like they are now, then expect Chelsea to also go far in the Champions League.

Mourinho got his summer transfer business spot on and it’s paying off… but you can’t say the same about Liverpool’s boss…

Loser: Brendan Rodgers

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Brendan Rodgers fielded a “weaker” Liverpool side in their 1-0 loss to Real Madrid during midweek, with many believing that he was resting his players to have a chance of getting a result against Chelsea.

However for most of the game the Blues looked in total control, and even if there were legitimate shouts for a penalty in the closing minutes for a Cahill handball, the Reds looked nowhere close to scoring an equalizer at 2-1 down.

It is too soon to be calling the axe for Rodgers, but the pressure is piling on the former Swansea manager and if the results don’t come Liverpool’s way soon, then the Reds could finish the season with a new gaffer.

Winner: Diego Costa

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After a blank gameweek against Queens Park Rangers and missing several matches with injuries, Diego Costa once again delivers in the big game to continue his brilliant start to the season.

The Spain international has been a revelation for the Blues, scoring 10 league goals in just nine appearances for Chelsea. Now with a regular source of goals, it is extremely hard to find a chink in the Stamford Bridge club’s armour that any opponent can exploit.

Costa was also not selected to represent Spain in the upcoming international fixtures, so can now build on his brilliant performance and improve over the two-week break.

Loser: Mario Balotelli

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Again Mario Balotelli was picked by Brendan Rodgers to lead the line for Liverpool, but the Italian failed to show any sign he will be a regular goal threat for the Reds anytime soon.

Balotelli looked lacklustre and disinterested, and even when on the ball was no trouble for Chelsea centre-back pairing John Terry and Gary Cahill.

What is frustrating about the 24-year-old is that the talent is there, as seen when he brought down a long ball causing Anfield to applaud in delight, only for him to pass the ball straight to a Chelsea midfielder the very next second.

The £16million man may not be the cause of Liverpool’s problems, but he is definitely not helping in solving them.

Winner: Nemanja Matic

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Voted as man of the match by many, Nemanja Matic bossed the midfield keeping the ball ticking alongside Fabregas but puts his foot in when required. He may have been a former Chelsea player and bought back for £21m, but he could be one of Jose Mourinho’s best signings if he continues this form.

The beginning of last season the Blues only had John Obi Mikel and Michael Essien as out-and-out defensive midfielders, but now Matic is by the far one of the best anchormen in the league adding to Mourinho’s already complete squad.

The more you look at it the more you realize how close this Chelsea team are to the ‘Invincibles’. And although Mourinho doesn’t want to admit it, we’re certain deep down inside he is hoping to emulate Arsenal’s class of 2003/2004 and go the entire campaign unbeaten.