Goals from Eden Hazard and Samuel Eto’o keep Chelsea two points from the top of the table at the halfway stage of the season, as Jose Mourinho’s side came from behind to win.
The final game of 2013 was an enthralling encounter throughout, and we were good value for our half-time lead having recovered well from an early Martin Skrtel goal.
In front of a noisy crowd, the second half was end-to-end as the draining fixture schedule and high pace of the game ensured plenty of space on the pitch. Liverpool hit the woodwork but Simon Mignolet saved well from Eto’o, as he had done from Frank Lampard before the break.
There were injuries and disputes over penalties not given too, but the result was a deserved and overdue victory over the Merseysiders, our first in the league since 2010.
Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech; Ivanovic (Cole 30), Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; David Luiz, Lampard (Mikel h/t); Hazard, Oscar, Willian; Eto’o (Torres 86).
Unused subs Schwarzer, Essien, Schurrle, Mata.
Scorers Hazard 17, Eto’o 34.
Booked Terry 47, David Luiz 49, Cahill 78, Oscar 90+4.
Liverpool (4-1-4-1): Mignolet; Johnson (Aspas 83), Skrtel, Sakho (Toure 89), Agger (c); Lucas; Sterling, Allen (Smith 59), Henderson, Coutinho; Suarez.
Unused subs Jones, Cissokho, Rossiter, Luis Alberto.
Scorer Skrtel 3.
Booked Johnson 40.
Referee Howard Webb
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