Chelsea secured their passage into the FA Cup quarter-final as they beat Liverpool 2-0 in an enthralling tie at Stamford Bridge.
Willian and Ross Barkley scored in each half on Tuesday night, as they inflicted back-to-back defeats on Jurgen Klopp’s side – who failed to bounce back from their first Premier League defeat of the season at Watford on Saturday.
It was the first time Liverpool had lost two games in a row since January 2019, and it also ended their hopes of an illustrious Treble. Although Klopp’s seven changes would suggest he is more focused on the battles that lie ahead, including an attempt to overhaul Atletico Madrid in their last-16 Champions League tie next week.
For Frank Lampard, who won this competition four times as a player, it was a massive win and will help lift his players after some recent difficulties in the Premier League and Champions League. They will be in the hat for the last eight.
How Chelsea won a cracking Cup encounter
Chelsea: Kepa (7), Azpilicueta (7), Rudiger (7), Zouma (7), Alonso (7), Kovacic (6), Gilmour (8), Barkley (8), Willian (7), Pedro (7), Giroud (7)
Subs: Mount (7), Jorginho (6), James (n/a)
Liverpool: Adrian (), Williams (), Van Dijk (), Gomez (), Robertson (), Fabinho (), Lallana (5), Jones (5), Minamino (), Origi (5), Mane ()
Subs: Milner (n/a), Firmino (n/a), Salah (n/a)
Man of the match: Ross Barkley
The first half fulfilled every cliche going about end-to-end cup ties, with virtually the entire 45 minutes played at a relentless pace.
Liverpool started the brighter but the opener went the way of Chelsea on 13 minutes. Some loose passing as Liverpool tried to play out from the back saw Fabinho lose the ball to Willian. He then shot from the edge of the area and Adrian somehow let the ball through his grasp and squirm into the bottom corner.
At the other end his opposite number Kepa Arrizabalaga, who was recalled to the Chelsea side…