Chelsea blew open the race for the Premier League title by ending leaders Liverpool's 11-game winning streak with a deserved victory at Anfield.

Demba Ba gave the Blues the lead at the end of the first half after Steven Gerrard's slip and Willian capped the win with a breakaway goal in stoppage time.

Chelsea played with a back six - Rodgers

The result ends Liverpool's 16-match unbeaten streak that had seen them march to the top of the table and means the title is no longer in their control.

Manchester City can draw level with them if they win their game in hand, while Chelsea are two points behind, within touching distance should Brendan Rodgers' side slip up again.

Blues boss Jose Mourinho had threatened to field a weakened team at Anfield ahead of his side's Champions League semi-final second leg with Atletico Madrid on Wednesday but, helped by a disjointed Liverpool display, he produced another tactical masterclass to earn the points.

Liverpool's attempt at a trademark fast start failed in the face of a wall of blue shirts, with the visitors' five-man midfield sitting deep to protect their back four.

Chelsea were keen to disrupt the home side's flow in other ways too, taking their time over set-pieces from the first minute onwards to visibly frustrate Liverpool's players as well as annoying their fans.

Liverpool beaten at the break

Steven Gerrard

Steven Gerrard's slip meant Liverpool trailed at the break and they have now won only two of their last 31 Premier League games when they have been trailing at the interval.

The game's pattern of play was soon established. The Reds were still dominant in terms of possession but, on reaching the edge of the Chelsea area, they struggled to open up a typically well-organised defence.

After Liverpool wasted a rare sight of goal when Mamadou Sakho blasted over, they failed to bring a meaningful save from Mark Schwarzer in the first half.

Aside from a skidding Ashley Cole shot and an appeal for a penalty when Mohamed Salah's shot hit Jon Flanagan's hand inside the area, Chelsea did not threaten much either.

But, with Branislav Ivanovic solid alongside rookie Czech defender Tomas Kalas at the back, their game-plan of frustrating their hosts was working and received an unexpected bonus before the break.

Gerrard miscontrolled a Sakho pass then slipped inside his own half, allowing Ba to run unopposed towards the Kop before coolly slotting the ball past Simon Mignolet.

Chelsea celebrate a goal at Anfield

Fernando Torres was unselfish in squaring the ball for Willian when Chelsea scored their second late on

The Liverpool fans chanted Gerrard's name at half-time but, try as he might with a succession of long-range shots, their usually inspirational skipper could not make amends for his mistake.

An absorbing second half again saw Liverpool's attack up against Chelsea's defence and, again it was the stubbornness of Mourinho's men that prevailed.

Liverpool 0-2 Chelsea: Jose Mourinho revels in 'beautiful victory'

Even the introduction of Daniel Sturridge to join Luis Suarez in attack made little difference, with their usually prolific partnership failing to find a way through.

Liverpool's best effort was a volley from Joe Allen from the edge of the area that a diving Schwarzer brilliantly palmed away, but in truth Schwarzer had little else to do until he acrobatically denied Suarez in stoppage time.

Moments later, Chelsea made sure of the three points that puts the title race back in the balance. Fernando Torres broke clear and unselfishly played in Willian to fire home their second goal and ensure it was Mourinho, and not Rodgers, celebrating at the final whistle.

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Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (5)

Liverpool

  • 22 Mignolet
  • 02 Johnson
  • 38 Flanagan (Iago Aspas - 81' )
  • 08 Gerrard
  • 37 Skrtel
  • 17 Sakho
  • 21 Lucas (Sturridge - 58' )
  • 24 Allen
  • 07 Suarez
  • 31 Sterling
  • 10 Coutinho

Substitutes

  • 01 Jones
  • 04 K Touré
  • 05 Agger
  • 06 Luis Alberto
  • 09 Iago Aspas
  • 15 Sturridge
  • 20 Cissokho

Chelsea

  • 23 Schwarzer
  • 28 Azpilicueta
  • 03 Cole Booked
  • 12 Mikel
  • 02 Ivanovic
  • 33 Kalas
  • 21 Matic
  • 08 Lampard Booked
  • 19 Ba (Torres - 84' Booked )
  • 15 Salah Booked (Willian - 60' )
  • 14 Schürrle (Cahill - 77' )

Substitutes

  • 09 Torres
  • 16 Van Ginkel
  • 22 Willian
  • 24 Cahill
  • 27 Aké
  • 40 Hilario
  • 47 Baker
Ref: Martin Atkinson
Att: 44,726

Match Stats

Shots

26 11

On target

8 4

Corners

14 2

Fouls

9 7

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Liverpool 0, Chelsea 2.

90:00 +5:30 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Liverpool 0, Chelsea 2.

90:00 +4:42

Foul by Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool).

90:00 +4:42

Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +3:01 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Liverpool 0, Chelsea 2. Willian (Chelsea) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Fernando Torres following a fast break.

90:00 +2:30 Booking

Booking Fernando Torres (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

90:00 +2:28

Martin Skrtel (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +2:28

Foul by Fernando Torres (Chelsea).

90:00 +2:03 Booking

Booking Ashley Cole (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +1:13

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Mark Schwarzer.

90:00 +1:11

Attempt saved. Luis Suarez (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

90:00 +0:56

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by César Azpilicueta.

85:51

Attempt missed. Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Raheem Sterling.

83:57 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chelsea. Fernando Torres replaces Demba Ba.

81:51

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by John Obi Mikel.

81:46

Attempt missed. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.

81:27

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Gary Cahill.

80:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Liverpool. Iago Aspas replaces Jon Flanagan.

78:31

Attempt saved. Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Luis Suarez.

76:52 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chelsea. Gary Cahill replaces André Schürrle.

76:11

Attempt missed. Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Raheem Sterling.

75:38

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

74:30

Delay in match André Schürrle (Chelsea) because of an injury.

73:57

Attempt saved. Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Philippe Coutinho.

72:51

Attempt blocked. Glen Johnson (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

72:06

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Tomas Kalas.

71:29

Attempt blocked. Luis Suarez (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Philippe Coutinho.

70:50

Attempt blocked. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Steven Gerrard.

70:23

Glen Johnson (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

70:23

Foul by André Schürrle (Chelsea).

69:45

Attempt missed. Nemanja Matic (Chelsea) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by John Obi Mikel.

68:50

Foul by Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool).

68:50

André Schürrle (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the left wing.

66:50

Attempt saved. Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Glen Johnson.

65:56

Attempt saved. Joe Allen (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Daniel Sturridge.

64:42

Foul by Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool).

64:42

Willian (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

63:48

Attempt blocked. Demba Ba (Chelsea) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Willian.

61:52

Attempt saved. André Schürrle (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ashley Cole with a headed pass.

61:06

Attempt missed. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

61:03

Attempt blocked. Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Luis Suarez.

59:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chelsea. Willian replaces Mohamed Salah.

59:15

Attempt blocked. André Schürrle (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Demba Ba.

58:47

Attempt saved. Luis Suarez (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Philippe Coutinho.

58:16

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Mark Schwarzer.

58:12

Attempt saved. Joe Allen (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

57:46 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Liverpool. Daniel Sturridge replaces Lucas Leiva.

57:14

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Mohamed Salah.

55:21

Attempt saved. Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Philippe Coutinho.

51:36

Attempt missed. Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

48:20

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by César Azpilicueta.

46:13

Luis Suarez (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:13

Foul by Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea).

45:00

Second Half begins Liverpool 0, Chelsea 1.

45:00 +4:54 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Liverpool 0, Chelsea 1.

45:00 +4:48

Attempt missed. Lucas Leiva (Liverpool) header from very close range is too high. Assisted by Philippe Coutinho with a cross following a corner.

45:00 +4:31

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Nemanja Matic.

45:00 +2:31 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Liverpool 0, Chelsea 1. Demba Ba (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box to the centre of the goal.

45:00 +1:50

Attempt missed. Tomas Kalas (Chelsea) header from very close range misses to the left. Assisted by Frank Lampard with a cross following a corner.

45:00 +1:26

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Mamadou Sakho.

45:00 +0:47

Hand ball by Jon Flanagan (Liverpool).

45:00 +0:05

Attempt missed. John Obi Mikel (Chelsea) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

42:35 Booking

Booking Frank Lampard (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

42:30

Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

42:30

Foul by Frank Lampard (Chelsea).

41:49

Foul by Jon Flanagan (Liverpool).

41:49

Mohamed Salah (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

40:31

Attempt missed. Luis Suarez (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Raheem Sterling.

39:08

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by César Azpilicueta.

37:20

Foul by Luis Suarez (Liverpool).

37:20

Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

37:12

Attempt blocked. Mohamed Salah (Chelsea) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Demba Ba.

35:50

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Mamadou Sakho.

34:19

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Jon Flanagan.

27:47

Offside, Liverpool. Glen Johnson tries a through ball, but Lucas Leiva is caught offside.

25:53

Attempt blocked. Luis Suarez (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Philippe Coutinho with a cross.

24:29

Luis Suarez (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

24:29

Foul by Ashley Cole (Chelsea).

24:03

Attempt missed. Jon Flanagan (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

23:25

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by César Azpilicueta.

20:37 Booking

Booking Mohamed Salah (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

20:31

Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

20:31

Foul by Mohamed Salah (Chelsea).

19:35

Attempt blocked. Demba Ba (Chelsea) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by André Schürrle.

18:57

Attempt missed. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Lucas Leiva.

16:17

Foul by Lucas Leiva (Liverpool).

16:17

Frank Lampard (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15:53

Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15:53

Foul by André Schürrle (Chelsea).

14:50

Attempt blocked. Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Luis Suarez.

13:13

Attempt missed. Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Luis Suarez following a corner.

12:42

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by André Schürrle.

10:41

Attempt missed. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Luis Suarez.

8:33

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by John Obi Mikel.

8:31

Attempt blocked. Glen Johnson (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Steven Gerrard.

7:47

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Tomas Kalas.

5:35

Attempt saved. Ashley Cole (Chelsea) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by John Obi Mikel.

4:30

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

3:55

Delay in match André Schürrle (Chelsea) because of an injury.

3:18

Foul by Glen Johnson (Liverpool).

3:18

André Schürrle (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:39

Ashley Cole (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:39

Foul by Raheem Sterling (Liverpool).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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