Chelsea 2-0 Liverpool
FA Cup Fifth Round, Stamford Bridge
March 3, 2020
Goals: Willian 13′, Barkley 64′
There were bright signs in the early stages but as the game found its tempo, the hosts turned on the afterburners and, despite Adrian making a flurry of saves, he was unable to keep out Willian’s effort after Fabinho lost possession.
Ross Barkley would add the second after the break as the Reds were woefully caught out of possession and there were few signs of Liverpool making a recovery.
A number of chances would come the way of the hosts to pile on the misery, but the scoreline would remain at 2-0 as Klopp’s side saw their FA Cup run ended as they fell to yet another defeat.
The midfield was a major source of frustration and fans remained concerned over Fabinho’s recent run of form…
Fabinho.. what’s happened? Looks a shadow of himself.
— the unbearables (@UTFR92) March 3, 2020
Fabinho reminds you Yaya Toure – absolute monster of a midfielder when he has minutes in his legs & rhythm.
— Jamie Holme (@JamieHolme) March 3, 2020
Ok, who space jammed Fabihno? #LFC
— Graeme Kelly (@GraemeKelly1) March 3, 2020
LFC midfield completely open so far. Being torn apart in transition. Forces the full backs to cone in so then there is space for Pedro and Willian
— keith costigan (@KeithCostigan) March 3, 2020
Anywho. Big issue for me is Fabinho. He's struggled to rediscover his form since coming back from injury. It was survivable with Hendo in there but no Hendo and a misfiring Fabinho = a non-functional midfield no matter what other parts are mixed in.
Lacking control in midfield. Lallana and Fabinho giving away the ball in dangerous areas. Too open in transitions.
— Ojash (@ojash_ynwa) March 3, 2020
“It’s a good job I know how good Fabinho can be.”
– FilthyBloke on the forums.
Again, loads of poor performances, but Fabinho’s form is a big worry. With Henderson out, he has to be much better. He’s been pretty crap in every game since he returned.
— Ste Hoare (@stehoare) March 3, 2020
Despite a mistake in the lead up to the second goal, Jones caught the eye & his substitution was met with surprise…
Curtis Jones being the only player speeding up our play and making us look good today
— Clement ? (@clementismyname) March 3, 2020
Some of Curtis Jones' touches are absolutely ridiculous
— Liam Grimshaw ? (@LFCLiamGrimshaw) March 3, 2020
“Jones is probably one of the few on the pitch having a good game, why take him off.”
– JackleCube on the forums.
“Jones been our best MF this half so Klopp takes him off! The mind boggles.”
– costared on the forums.
Curtis Jones is so calm in possession.
— Ben Webb (@BenWebbLFC) March 3, 2020
Overall, the performance was one which could not be excused as every department continues to be well below the expected standards after the break…
Not good, again, this evening. #LFC got progressively worse and in the end Chelsea defended quite comfortably. A very disappointing team performance (but Minamino and Fabinho particularly poor).
— Paul Grech (@paul_grech) March 3, 2020
3 defeats in 4 games, 8 goals conceded and only 3 scored in last 5 games. Liverpool poor in defence, midfield and attack. It’s a worry.
— Matt Ladson (@mattladson) March 3, 2020
Simply not good enough all round
JK will be fuming
Hopefully that's this seasons blip fully out of our system now
I would not want to be the Bournemouth defence come saturday lunchtime – Major backlash coming and I fully expect them to receive a hiding !!#CHELIV
— James (@HotActionKop) March 3, 2020
Think the players have mentally checked out post winter break, need a wake up call
— Tom McMahon (@tomjpmac) March 3, 2020
Creating chances a problem for Liverpool at the moment. Chelsea have two goals, Pedro sitter and have hit the bar twice, off 37% possession (15 shots 7 on target). Liverpool 12 shots 5 on target, Kepa barely had a save to make since his three in a minute in the first half #CHELIV
— Chris Williams (@Chris78Williams) March 3, 2020
Since that 'winter break' we have been absolutely woeful. Destroyed our fluidity and rhythm.
Henderson a massive miss too.#LFC
— Simon Collings (@simoncollings82) March 3, 2020
My real concern is that in the 2nd half of all the 3 games we have lost recently we have not tested the opposition keeper at all.
— Karl (@KarlThyer) March 3, 2020
Does anybody know if we saved the game before the winter break? I think we should reload it.
— Green Scouser (@Green_Scouser) March 3, 2020
And it, again, is all about the reaction for Liverpool as another big week lies ahead…
Atletico Madrid next week is massive. Lack of FA Cup progression a disappointment & more questions raised. Now all about reacting at the weekend, but particularly Atletico. Still so much to play for for this #LFC side. Need to kick back into gear and not coast to the end.
— Leanne Prescott (@_lfcleanne) March 3, 2020
“Concentration and confidence are just gone atm. Time to regroup and win that fucking league!”
– Cologne-Liverpool on the forums.
Liverpool should probably focus on winning four more league games between now and May, first and foremost.
— Kristian Walsh (@Kristian_Walsh) March 3, 2020
Don’t panic folks!we are all Gutted to go out the FA cup!but now the season really starts,Got to put the league to bed ASAP ,and have another proper go at MR BIG EARS.We are looking at Number 19?and hopefully Number 7??You’ll All Never Walk Alone!!WORLD CHAMPS
— John Aldridge (@Realaldo474) March 3, 2020
We're definitely beat Atletico Madrid now, on a brighter note. No way a team this good loses this often in a short span of time.
— John O'Sullivan (@NotoriousJOS) March 3, 2020
Would like to apologise to Bournemouth in advance for the absolute humiliation they will be on the end of on Saturday.
— Josh (@jpflfc) March 3, 2020
Liverpool's second defeat on the spin will give their detractors some succour but in a few weeks, they will lift their first league title for 30 years. That is enough to make it a season of seasons for them.
— Oliver Holt (@OllieHolt22) March 3, 2020
Not going to criticise this team for what they’ve done this season. It’s ridiculous not to expect a blip. But losing is shit and we need to unleash that frustration and rain merry hell down on Bournemouth and Madrid. We need our intensity back. #LFC.
— Si Steers (@sisteers) March 3, 2020