MINUTE DETAIL: CHELSEA 2 LIVERPOOL 0
Barclays Premier League, Sunday October 4th 2009 at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea (4-4-2 diamond): Hilario; Ivanovic, Carvalho, Terry (c), A Cole; Essien, Ballack, Lampard, Deco (Malouda 75); Anelka, Drogba.
Unused subs: Turnbull, Belletti, Zhirkov, J Cole, Kalou, Sturridge
Manager Carlo Ancelotti
Liverpool (4-2-3-1): Reina; Johnson, Skrtel, Carragher, Insua (Aurelio 81); Lucas (Babel 75), Mascherano; Kuyt, Gerrard, Riera (Benayoun 66); Torres
Unused subs: Cavalieri, Agger, Kyrgiakos, N'Gog.
Manager Rafa Benitez.
Referee Martin Atkinson.
Environment 4pm kick-off. Mild and overcast. Live on Sky Sports.
Kit Chelsea - blue shirts and shorts, white socks. Liverpool - all in red.
5 Pressure Chelsea are on the back foot in the early stages, as Steven Gerrard launches a continued one-man attack on the home penalty area. Carvalho, Terry and Ivanovic all clear well.
15 Tense No chances yet but absorbing nonetheless. Both sides have been a little careless in possession but Chelsea are coming more into the game.
18 Wayward Albert Riera takes the game's first shot, from well outside the area, and it ends up well away from goal, high and wide.
24 Close Drogba and Ballack challenge for the same ball in the Liverpool box, the Ivorian making the looping connection from Anelka's cross, easy for Reina.
27 Target This time it's Anelka who connects with a header, but doesn't get quite enough on Essien's inswinging cross to beat Reina, who dives to make the save. At the other end Hilario snatches away from Torres.
33 Chance Real opportunity for the unmarked Ballack, who heads Deco's free-kick cross over at the near post. Should have hit the target.
38 Shot Essien tests Reina's reflexes with a fizzing low shot from just inside the area. The keeper fumbles but regains control before there is any danger. Chelsea on top.
43 Yellow card Essien dives in on Lucas and is booked, though there doesn't appear to be much, if any contact. From the free-kick, Hilario has to react quickly to push Riera's shot around the post.
Stoppage time 1 min.
Half-time Chelsea 0 Liverpool 0
50 Power Ivanovic launches one at goal from 30 yards and strikes it sweetly, but straight at Reina, who holds it well.
59 CHELSEA GOAL Anelka taps in from close range after Drogba's superb left-sided cross. Lampard and Essien won possession in midfield and fed Deco who released Drogba to slide the ball across goal for his strike partner.
62 Close Drogba almost makes it two with a header, but Reina is alert enough to stop it. Lampard had crossed from a free-kick.
66 Liverpool substitution Benayoun on for Riera in a straight swap.
71 Coping Liverpool are putting on a little pressure but Chelsea are dealing with it well, helped by Hilario coming 15 yards off his line to claim a cross.
73 Over Half a chance for Johnson, but the ex-Chelsea man shoots well over the bar.
75 Chelsea substitution Deco is replaced by Florent Malouda, while Liverpool's Ryan Babel comes on for Lucas as they chase the game.
76 Abused Gerrard is booked for a late lunge on Lampard.
80 Block Terry throws himself in the way of Gerrard's goalbound effort, taking a knock in the process, before Torres drags the rebound just wide. Real chance for Liverpool.
81 Liverpool substitution Fabio Aurelio on for Insua at left-back. Attacking change by Benitez. Carvalho has an effort saved by Reina.
Stoppage time 3 mins.
90 CHELSEA GOAL Malouda turns the ball in from close range but this goal is all about Drogba, who outmuscles two Liverpool defenders on the by-line, has his shirt tugged, carries on and squares for the Frenchman to tap home. Three points! Benayoun somehow drags wide at the other end.
90+4 Save Superb stop from Hilario as he pushes Gerrard's powerful volley away at full stretch. Excellent.
Full time Chelsea 2 Liverpool 0
Shots on target Chelsea 7 Liverpool 3
Corners Chelsea 5 Liverpool 8
Fouls Chelsea 14 Liverpool 19
Offsides Chelsea 1 Liverpool 1
Chelsea earned a very hard-fought win against the side that did the double over us last season. Typically tight, both sides had their chances to score, but Chelsea's powerful Drogba and Anelka turn the game in our favour.
Didier Drogba, now with 100 Chelsea goals, returned from his European ban to lead the attack. It was his 225th Chelsea appearance, drawing level with Wiliam Gallas as the club's fourth leading overseas appearance maker.
Hilário has now only been on the losing side once in his 25 starts for the club.
Frank Lampard still needs one goal to become our clear fifth all-time scorer ahead of Jimmy Greaves. They have both scored 132 goals.