DARREN FOREMAN: Naive Liverpool let it slip

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After saying there was one more twist in the tail of the Premie League title race, it promptly happened at Anfield on Sunday.

Chelsea soaked up the pressure and then caught Liverpool with two counter-attacking goals.

Unfortunately for Steven Gerrard, his slip proved to be the match turning moment.

Now far from it be for me to criticise Brendan Rodgers, but I found his criticism of Chelsea’s tactics rather churlish.

When setting up for a match the key is to second guess your opponent and formulate a plan to win.

Possession of the ball is 9/10 of the law, but it’s about scoring more goals than your opponents.

Liverpool’s home form has been fairly impressive this season and on more than one occasion have blown the opposition away in the first 20 minutes.

So it didn’t take Albert Einstein to decide to park the bus , keeping things tight and catch the opposition on the break.

Liverpool were naive in chasing the game as a draw would have been enough for them and now Man City’s game against the blue side of Merseyside is the pivotal one left to play for me.

As much that I think Ronaldo is a world class player, Andy Townsend’s claim that he meant to hit his free-kick under the Bayern Munich wall on Tuesday night was absolute poppycock.

He is human after all and it was definitely a scuffed shot for the fourth goal, I have no doubt whatever he or anyone else claims.

The wickets are being prepared, the outfields manicured and the cakes made in preparation for the new cricket season in both the Beckett and Derwent Valley leagues this weekend.

Let’s hope the weather holds out and the very best of luck to each team over the coming season.

With eight players under the age of 23, my club Cayton certainly buck the trend that there are no young players coming through and I for one am looking forward to harnessing their enthusiasm and undoubted talents.

PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK:

Real Madrid’s 4-0 destruction of Champions League holders Bayern Munich.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:

“It might sound pretty rash and naive, but, in my opinion, we are dealing with a new Guardiola.”

Anders Lindegaard on Ryan Giggs.