After The Match 


Liverpool-Chelsea 0-0           28.09.05                              CL
Team: Reina, Finnan, Carragher, Hyypia, Traore, Hamann, Alonso, Gerrard, Garcia, Cisse, Crouch
Subs: Pongolle (Cisse 78)
Not used: Carson, Josemi, Potter, Riise, Warnock, Zenden
Yellow: Alonso (7) 
Makelele (25), Robben (60), Lampard (62), Terry (89)
Red: None
Referee: Massimo de Santis (Italy)
Attendance: 42,743 
Shots on target: 1-1
Shots off target: 8-5
Fouls conceded: 18-23
Corners: 6-3
Yellow: 1-4



know each
other too well..."

   Jamie Carragher

2909: Official lands hammer blow to Liverpool
2909: Lampard: Crouch deserves England chance
2809: Rafa: We were better than Chelsea
2809: Jose settles for point
2809: Carragher claims a pen
2809: Reds frustrated by dogged Chelsea


Official lands hammer blow to Liverpool

Champions League Comment by Steve Mcmillan - Daily Post

So, in the end, neither side could beat the other, but it is Liverpool who will feel aggrieved this morning.

It was they who went closest and whose enterprise was the most deserving of victory.

Indeed, they should have had at least one chance to win the game from the spot, had referee Massimo de Santis spotted the outstretched arm of William Gallas connecting with a Jamie Carragher header in the area.

But the visitors held out for a share of the points, soaking up the Liverpool punches and sticking gamely to the ropes, leaving the field to a deserved chorus of "Boring, boring Chelsea", their shameless decision to hold out for a point belittling their super-star status.

All the talk beforehand was of who'd beaten whom, and how many times.

We've beaten you once, said Rafael Benitez in the red corner. Yeah? Well, we've beaten you three times retorted Jose Mourinho in the blue corner.

This was the big showdown, the Anfield rematch, champions of one belt against the champions of another.

Let's be fair, though, it wasn't a classic. But then it was never likely that one side would take a hell of a beating, although it was Liverpool who held the upper hand - without delivering the knockout punch.

For all they will feel hard done by, Benitez and his men must accept the result philosophically. In the cold light of day, both sides will be glad to walk away with honour intact.

Liverpool's away victory over Real Betis in the opening round of group matches has given Benitez's side room for manoeuvre on the results front, while Chelsea too, will be confident of picking up the necessary points elsewhere.

Caution was the watchword in a tight first half, and, although both sides created one or two chances to score, equally they were happy to keep men behind the ball.

Didier Drogba's challenge on Sami Hyypia gave Liverpool a decent penalty shout, but that aside the opening 45 minutes can be quickly forgotten.

In the second half, however, Liverpool were eager to show their credentials as the superior champions.

As usual Steven Gerrard was everywhere, one minute picking up the ball in the centre, the next chasing Paulo Ferreira into the corner, the next popping up on the right to deliver crosses.

Alonso fired an effort wide from 30 yards and Gerrard flashed a free-kick over as Liverpool turned up the heat, but the goal did not come. Both champions live to fight another day.

Lampard: Crouch
deserves England chance

Sporting Life

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard believes that Peter Crouch deserves an England call-up from Sven-Goran Eriksson because he will bring something 'fresh and different' to the national side.

Liverpool's giant striker was a handful for Chelsea's defence all night as both sides cancelled each other out in a pulsating Champions League draw at Anfield on Wednesday night.

The two teams now meet again in the Barclays Premiership on Merseyside this Sunday with Lampard full of praise for the way Crouch caused them problems all evening with his height and his ability to hold the ball up in front of the watching Swede.

Crouch is now almost certain be selected by Eriksson when he names his squad for next month's World Cup qualifiers against Poland and Austria.

Lampard, who came close to breaking the deadlock in their Group G clash on Wednesday with a rasping 30-yard free-kick, admitted that Crouch caused them a lot of problems.

"It was a tough game," he conceded. "They put a lot of balls into Crouch which made it hard.

"Every team gives you different problems and at Liverpool it was Crouch. First and foremost he is good at what he does, holding the ball up and trying to bring people into the game.

"We dealt with it and will go away and look at it. Everybody brings up different things and Liverpool brought that threat. We will see what lessons there are to learn.

"I could have told you before that Crouch is one of the best at what he does. He poses a different kind of threat to what you encounter elsewhere and does it very well. You know when he is playing he is going to get hit with a lot of long balls and you have to deal with it.

"He has got great feet and not only does he flick the ball on but he is a good player with his feet. He will be pushing for an England place for sure. He is fresh and different. He played well last night and is someone we can use."

Rafa: We were better than Chelsea

By Steve Hunter - LFC Official Website

Rafael Benitez felt Liverpool were the better team in the goalless draw against Chelsea and said his team should have had at least one penalty.

Benitez admitted he was happy with the performance of his team and said they were unlucky not to win. He also felt the handball from William Gallas at the Kop end should have resulted in a definite spot kick.

Benitez said: "The penalty was clear watching the television. The question is when you play against a big team the small details make the difference. This was a big detail and it was unbelievable that we didn't get it. Maybe we could have had another penalty as well but it wasn't given.

"We played a good game and for me we were better than Chelsea on the night. We know the difference between us and them is not that big. We showed people that we can beat them. We beat them last season and we can beat them again.

"We wanted to win the game and we tried to play with a high tempo and Crouch did well holding the ball up for us. There is a lot of positive things to take from this game for us."

Jose settles for point

By Paul Higham - Sky Sports

Jose Mourinho was satisfied with the UEFA Champions League point Chelsea earned at Anfield by holding Liverpool to a 0-0 draw.

Defences were well and truly on top on Merseyside as the Premiership champions held the European Champions to a goalless stalemate.

The Reds had slightly the better of the match, and had two penalty claims turned down, but Mourinho felt his side fully deserved their draw.

"I'm not 100 percent (satisfied) but it's a point, so I'm not crazy with happiness but I'm not very sad," said Mourinho.

"A point in the Champions League away from home is a positive result.

"It was a good game because it was competitive.

"It was very close, very tough. In midfield there was not a lot of space. There was a lot of power in both teams."

"Normally the team who play at home is not happy with a point but I think they are.

"We tried to play for more - but we didn't lose and we are in a good situation in the group.

"In the last 15 minutes we tried to win the game and I think they played the same - they changed nothing.

"Pongolle came on for Cisse but that did not change the way they played.

"We tried with Wright-Phillips and playing Crespo with Drogba, but then in the end with the long balls coming in I put Robert on because he can dominate in the air.

"In the end I thought, ok we have not been beaten and we go away with a point."

Carragher claims a pen

By Paul Higham - Sky Sports

Jamie Carragher insists Liverpool should have had a penalty against Chelsea.

The UEFA Champions League holders were held to a goalless draw at Anfield by the Premiership champions on Wednesday night.

Carragher was joined by his team-mates in calling for a penalty when his header from a second half corner clearly came off William Gallas' arm, but referee Massimo de Santis turned down calls for a penalty.

"It was a definite penalty - every time we play them we should get a penalty but they are never given," said Carragher, who still remembers a similar incident involving Tiago in last year's home league game.

"If we had got a penalty there is a 70 percent chance we would have scored and won the game - but we'll try not to cry about it too much.

"We do things with dignity at this club and we will just get on with it."

The England defender admitted that, after facing each other five teams last term, maybe the two sides were too familiar.

"Maybe we know each other too well - there weren't many chances at either end and it will probably be the same at Stamford Bridge.

"But winning our first game away is a bonus - and we're delighted to have four points from two games."

Reds frustrated by dogged Chelsea

Sporting Life

Liverpool and Chelsea fought out a goalless draw at Anfield in a largely scrappy game where chances were few and far between.

But the home side will feel frustrated that they had three worthy claims for penalties turned down.

The match was played at a frantic pace throughout but there was little in the way of real goal scoring opportunity as both English sides were equal to each other's threat.

Rafa Benitez's men were the side with the most attacking intent but although they tried to press throughout they never made the most of a series of teasing crosses.

The first of their penalty claims came in the 19th minute when Liverpool's Sami Hyypia appeared to have been brought down by Didier Drogba on the edge of the six-yard box following Peter Crouch's headed knockdown, but the referee Massimo De Santis awarded a corner instead.

Luis Garcia had another spot-kick claim turned down after 51 minutes after he muscled past John Terry and Paulo Ferreria into the Chelsea area only to have his arm pulled back by the Portuguese defender when through on goal.

And the Anfield side appealed for yet another penalty after 58 minutes when William Gallas appeared to handle the ball after Jamie Carragher headed goalwards from a corner.

In the second half Liverpool were largely restricted to long-range efforts with Xavier Alonso coming closest after 82 minutes but his volley from outside the box was well saved by Petr Cech.

Chelsea, despite all their endeavour, failed to create any clear-cut chances but they had the first genuine effort on goal when Frank Lampard's free-kick was turned round the post by the diving Jose Reina after seven minutes.

The England midfielder had another chance to score 10 minutes later but he dragged his left foot shot from the edge of the box well wide.

Chelsea's only serious shot on goal after half an hour when Arjen Robben worked his way into the box only to have his fierce drive brilliantly tipped over by Reina.

Overall the draw was a fair result but on another day Liverpool may have had the luck of the decisions to win the tie.

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