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Chelsea vs. Liverpool: Game Thread

Chelsea (4<4>2): Cech; Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Terry, Cole; Mikel, Essien, Lampard, Anelka; Torres, Drogba.

Subs: Turnbull, David Luiz, Malouda, Ferreira, Kalou, McEachran, Sala.

Liverpool (3-6-1): Reina; Skrtel, Carragher, Agger; Kelly, Lucas, Meireles, Johnson, Gerrard, Maxi; Kuyt.

Subs: Gulacsi, Aurelio, Suarez, Jovanovic, Kyrgiakos, Ngog, Poulsen.

This looks like a three man back line vs. a 4-4-2 diamond, which means that we're already on the back foot, tactically. Fortunately, Liverpool shouldn't have too much threat, with Dirk Kuyt as their lone striker. Anyway, from my preview...

It would certainly help if Torres, was playing, but if Liverpool expect a 4-4-2 from Chelsea and counter with a 3-6-1 or something of the like Chelsea will get a lot of joy via from their standard 4-3-3, with Torres as a substitute. Of course, Liverpool know this too. Game theory!

We dropped the ball on this one, and it's up to the players to sort it out.

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