Reds cruise past Chelsea into Cup semi

Liverpool defeated Chelsea at Stamford Bridge for the second time in two weeks, courtesy of goals from Maxi Rodriguez and Martin Kelly.

The Reds saw off Andre Villas-Boas’ side here in the Premier League only 9 days ago and made this their fourth consecutive win at Chelsea, this time sealing a place in the League Cup semi-final.

Kenny Dalglish made seven changes from the side which drew with Man City just 48 hours ago, with Andy Carroll and Craig Bellamy leading the attack.

Bellamy was playing despite the death of his close friend Gary Speed at the weekend. The Welshman travelled separately to London and was influential in the win, assisting both goals in a five minute spell midway through the second half.

Bellamy wiped away the tears after a minute’s applause before the game in honour of his good friend, and was given a raptourous applause as he was replaced with ten minutes to go and the game won. The travelling Kop sang “One Gary Speed”. The former Everton captain’s death showing rivalries move aside when it matters.

On the pitch, Liverpool were dominant over their London rivals and, of course, former striker Fernando Torres who again toiled up front for his side.

Andy Carroll missed a penalty in the first half but that aside he worked hard up front.

The only bad news for Liverpool was the injury to influential midfielder Lucas Leiva who was stretchered off in the second half.

This win took Liverpool’s unbeaten run to eleven games in all competitions.

Liverpool: Reina, Kelly, Carragher, Coates, Enrique, Henderson, Lucas, Spearing, Maxi, Bellamy, Carroll.

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