While today was always going to be about the trophy procession for Liverpool, it felt important that the Reds avoid another post-lockdown defeat, taking on Chelsea.
A loss could have left a nasty shadow on the trophy lift, but three first-half goals looked to end all chances of that.
I won’t break into detail on each individual goal – we would be here for a while with eight in total – but Christian Pulisic’s introduction brought Frank Lampard’s side back into the tie and threatened to burst the Red bubble.
As it was, though, a Liverpool substitute in Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain found the late goal to seal the win that the occasion warranted.
Your ratings, on the night of Henderson’s shuffle:
Ali 6.5 – Will be disappointed to concede three goals but the fault lay with those in front of him for Chelsea goals two and three, certainly.
Trent 8.5 – Was in line for a rare nine after a quite simply unbelievable cross for Firmino’s header, but the Reds’ No.66 did not cover himself in glory for Chelsea’s second at third goals. Free-kick was very well taken, even if a better ‘keeper saves it. Passing was sublime. Man of the match.
JoGo 6 – Looked scared from the moment Pulisic came on, having performed well beforehand.
Big Virg 6 – In his worst run of form as a Liverpool player. Eye slightly off the ball, methinks.
Robbo 7.5 – Equally could scrutinise defensive aspects, but late driving run and cutback sealed the points, and delivery was superb throughout.
Gini 7.5 – Looked more positive than recent form had shown, and finished the third brilliantly.
Fab 6.5 – Didn’t dominate the game to the extent that he can, but that is understandable considering the quality options that this Chelsea side boast in fluid attacking positions.
Naby 7.5 – Won the ball back with regularity and opened proceedings with a screamer.
Mo 7.5 – Looked focused and energised throughout, terrorising Rudiger at times, even if the Egyptian was wasteful in front of goal.
Bobby 7.5 – Some exquisite touches in the first half, and then rose to end his much-discussed Anfield league goal drought.
Sadio 7 – Some brilliant build up work when taking Chelsea defenders on, but end product was not as efficient as it sometimes can be.
Milly 6 – Screwed up a corner routine.
CJ 6 – Didn’t quite get into the very-stretched game.
Ox 7.5 – Brought on to help defensive cover against Pulisic, but ended up making mark at the other end.
Divvy 7 – Instant threat off the bench.
Taki 6.5 – Less impact than Divock but did nothing wrong.
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