FT: Liverpool 4 Chelsea 1

FT
The referee blows his whistle for full-time. Liverpool have won 4-1 to end the season at Anfield on a high. Chelsea have the Champions League final ahead and they shouldn't be too worried by this result.

90+2
Carroll produces a lovely cross from the right and Agger heads the ball wide. This has been a good night for the Liverpool striker.

90+1
We are in the first of three minutes of additional time.

90
Suarez and Kuyt work a neat one-two and the move ends with the striker sending a volley wide.

90
Liverpool work the corner to Shelvey on the edge of the box and his drive is blocked by Terry. Good defending on a tough night for the Chelsea skipper.

89
Henderson's drive from the edge of the box is deflected behind for a corner.

89
Suarez catches Ivanovic with a high boot in the Chelsea penalty are as those two men continue their battle tonight. Free-kick to the away side.

88
Lukaku runs out of space on the right flank and he knocks the ball behind for a goal-kick.

87
Malouda's corner from the left is headed towards goal by Terry but the ball has no pace on it and the danger is cleared.

86
Sterling is quickly in the action but he can only send a volley high and wide.

85
Liverpool quickly make their second change with Raheem Sterling replacing Downing.

84
Liverpool make their first change of the night with Dirk Kuyt replacing Maxi and the departing player waves to the crowd on what may well be his last appearance at Anfield.

83
Essien goes for goal but it is yet another poor shot from Chelsea as the ball goes sailing over the bar.

82
Skrtel pushes Torres to the ground to give Chelsea a free-kick in a position where they can get the ball into the box.

81
Suarez's free-kick from 35 yards bounces straight off the Chelsea wall and away the ball goes.

80
Downing finds space in the box but he dwells on the ball and the chance disappears. His pass to Suarez is poor and Chelsea clear.

78
Suarez catches Ivanovic with his arm as the pair battle for the ball deep in the Chelsea half. The defender falls to the floor but the referee doesn't think there was any intent and he is probably right.

77
Malouda's free-kick hits the Liverpool wall and the danger is very easily cleared. The Frenchman is one of a number of Chelsea players not to impress tonight.

76
Chelsea win a free-kick on the right as Torres is fouled.

75
Carroll goes close as his looping cross from the left lands on the roof of the Chelsea net. Turnbull was struggling as his tough night continues.

74
Carroll can't take his chance to net as he slices a volley well wide. Has been a good performance from the striker but no goal yet.

73
Lukaku wastes a great chance to score as his close-range header is superbly stopped by Reina in the centre of his goal.

72
Chelsea can't make anything of the free-kick as Henderson easily clears. Ramires returns to the field after treatment.

71
Ramires wins a free-kick on the right as he is bundled over by a strong challenge from Agger. The defender is rightly booked.

70
Ferreira's looping cross from the right is easily gathered by Reina inside his six-yard box.

69
Agger's long ball forward races away from Carroll and behind for a goal-kick.

68
Chelsea make their first change of the night as Romelu Lukaku replaces Sturridge.

67
Chelsea have been quiet again after Shelvey's strike. That has taken away any thoughts of a comeback unless we see something quite unexpected.

65
Torres hasn't enjoyed tonight too much. He nearly scored with a terrific effort but has been quiet apart from that one moment of glory.

64
Carroll concedes a free-kick in the Chelsea box as he catches Romey during his attempt to pull off an elaborate overhead kick.

63
Real effort there from Carroll as he chases down a long ball and just about manages to prevent the ball going behind for a goal-kick. Chelsea do have a throw.

62
That was a good finish from Shelvey. He reacted quickly and fired the ball home at speed.

61
GOAL SHELVEY! Turnbull clears the ball straight to Shelvey and he is caught out of position as the Liverpool midfielder fires home from 35 yards. Not good from the Chelsea goalkeeper.

60
Shelvey's attempted to play Suarez through on goal doesn't come off as Bertrand easily knocks the ball back to Turnbull and the Chelsea goalkeeper clears.

59
Sturridge's cross from the left is cleared by Skrtel's header. Chelsea are looking more lively in the final third.

58
Johnson's storming run down the right ends with his cross scrambled clear by Terry.

57
Carragher reacts to some danger as he heads the ball clear as Torres tries to race through one-on-on with Reina. Liverpool's defence is having a bit more to do after the break.

56
Essien makes space for a shot on the edge of the box but it's a really bad effort and goes well wide of Reina's left hand post.

55
Torres again gets plenty of boos as he collects the ball on the halfway line but all he can do is quickly lose possession.

54
Liverpool enjoy a spell of pressure again as Turnbull punches a corner from the left away from danger.

53
Martin Skrtel finds himself in the Chelsea box and makes space for a shot. His effort is blocked by Turnbull and the away side clear.

51
Do we have game on now? Can Chelsea build on that goal and ramp up the pressure.

50
GOAL RAMIRES! Chelsea pull a goal back as Malouda's free-kick hits Ramires and beats Reina at his near post. Another bad moment for the Liverpool goalkeeper.

49
Ramires wins a free-kick on the right flank as he bundled to the ground by Shelvey. Decent chance for Chelsea to create some pressure.

48
Downing's cross from the right is met by the head of Carroll but Chelsea spot the danger and Turnbull gathers possession.

47
Will be interesting to see how Chelsea respond to that awful first half. They surely can't do any worse.

46
Here we go again. Liverpool keep the ball early on.No changes from either side at the break.

Liverpool are 1/100 to win this match with Sky Bet, Chelsea are 100/1 and the draw is 25/1. Downing is 16/1 to score the next goal.

HT
That ends a very interesting first half. Liverpool lead 3-0 and it could have been more. Thoughts to nick.hext@bskyb.com.

45+3
Downing can't take the chance to score his first Premier League goal for Liverpool as he hits the right hand post of Turnbull's goal with the penalty.

45+3
Ivanovic is rightly booked.

45+2
Liverpool win a penalty as Carroll is knocked to the ground by Ivanovic as he looks to reach a cross from the left. Correct decision from the referee.

45+1
Malouda's corner from the left is cleared away by a powerful header from Carroll. Good display so far from the Liverpool striker.

45
We will have two minutes of additional time.

44
Booking number three of the night for Chelsea as Essien is cautioned for a high challenge on Carroll. That wasn't pretty from the midfielder.

43
This proving to be an interesting last midweek match of the Premier League season. The home fans have certainly got value for money.

42
A moment of magic from Downing nearly pays dividends as his dipping half-volley strikes the top of the bar and goes over. That really was a terrific effort.

41
Liverpool keep the ball with ease as Chelsea struggle. Will be interesting to see if Roberto Di Matteo opts to make a few changes at the break.

40
This half has given Liverpool fans something to smile about. It doesn't make the problems from the season disappear but this has been impressive from the Reds so far tonight.

39
Henderson continues his impressive outing as he keeps pace with Sturridge and knocks the ball behind for a corner.

38
Liverpool work the corner short but the move ends when Ramires step in to win possession from Shelvey.

37
Downing cuts in from the right and sees his effort deflected behind for a corner.

36
Torres' powerful effort from the right hand side of the box strikes the underside of the bar and bounces away from danger. Very nearly an Anfield goal for the former Liverpool man.

35
Carroll finds himself in space for a shot just inside the box but his effort is easily parried by Turnbull. Suarez can't take advantage of the rebound.

34
Sturridge's cross from the right is headed away from Ramires by Glen Johnson at the far post.

33
The corner from the left is cleared and Chelsea win a free-kick as they try to break.

32
Liverpool nearly make it 4-0 as a lovely move ends with Maxi's low effort turned behind for a corner by Turnbull.

30
It has certainly been interesting in the first 30 minutes. Liverpool lead 3-0 and Chelsea have been all over the place at the back. Can the Blues recover?

28
GOAL AGGER! Shelvey's corner from the left falls to Carroll at the far post and the striker calmly heads the ball back across goal to the unmarked Daniel Agger. The Dane easily heads home to give Liverpool a 3-0 lead.

28
Liverpool quickly work the corner and Suarez's effort is turned over the bar for another flag-kick.

27
Good work from Turnbull as he punches the ball away from Stewart Downing and behind for a corner.

26
Not the worst slip of Terry's career but he just hasn't enjoyed the start of this game. He was nutmegged in the build up to the first goal and then allowed Henderson the chance to double Liverpool's advantage.

25
GOAL HENDERSON! Terry slips and allows Henderson the chance to run through one-on-one with Turnbull. The midfielder takes the chance really well and puts Liverpool 2-0 up.

24
Turnbull is forced to fire the ball out of play for a throw-in as he comes under pressure from Suarez. Lively game for the striker so far.

23
Henderson's lofted free-kick is headed over the bar by Suarez from just inside the box.

22
Terry is the second Chelsea player to be booked. He was nutmegged for the third time tonight and reacted by fouling Carroll.

21
That really was great work from Suarez to create the goal. He was crowded out on the right flank but still managed to find the skill to break free.

19
OWN GOAL ESSIEN! Suarez cuts in from the right flank and nutmegs Terry for the second time tonight. He keeps going and powers the ball against the legs of Michael Essien and the midfielder can only turn the ball into his own net.

18
Liverpool break at speed and the move ends with Suarez's shot blocked by Terry. Replays show it was very poor marking from the Reds to leave Ivanovic with a free header.

18
Chelsea go very close to taking the lead as the corner from the left is headed powerfully against Jose Reina's near post by Ivanovic.

17
Daniel Sturridge's effort from 25 yards is deflected behind for a corner.

17
Suarez knocks the ball back to Carroll on the edge of the box but the striker can only send his effort high over the bar.

16
Ferreira is the first player to be booked tonight for a late challenge on Suarez.

15
Carragher makes up for it as he heads Malouda's free-kick from the left away from danger.

14
Carragher concedes a free-kick as the ball bounces off his thigh and strikes his hand.

13
Great work from Bertrand on the left flank to take the ball from Henderson and bring it clear. Good start from the Chelsea full-back.

12
Decent atmosphere at Anfield tonight. Last game of the season at the ground with Liverpool away to Swansea on the final day of the season.

11
Maxi is caught offside as he finds himself too far behind the Chelsea defence.

10
Decent start to this match. Both sides look lively in possession with Liverpool having just about the better of things.

9
Chelsea get a goal-kick as Suarez's cross hits Bertrand and then bounces back off the striker.

8
Luis Suarez nutmegs John Terry but can only send the resulting shot well wide of Ross Turnbull's right hand post. The end result didn't live up to the quality of the skill before it.

7
The Liverpool free-kick comes to nothing and Malouda gets back on the field.

6
Play is stopped after Florent Malouda is involved in a tangle with Jonjo Shelvey. He feels the Liverpool man deliberately kicked him in the head. The referee doesn't agree and awards a free-kick for Paulo Ferreira's foul on Andy Carroll.

5
No surprise to any of you that Fernando Torres is getting plenty of boos tonight. He hasn't had an impact on the match yet.

4
Oriol Romeu takes a tumble in the centre of midfield and slices the ball straight to Liverpool. Decent tempo to this match so far.

3
Liverpool now enjoy some possession but their move ends as Luis Suarez fouls Branislav Ivanovic in the penalty area.

2
Ryan Bertrand wins a free-kick as he is caught by a high boot from Jordan Henderson. Chelsea the more lively side in the very early stages.

1
We are under way. Ramires takes a very early tumble to win a free-kick.

Here we go. The final midweek match of the 2011/12 Premier League season. Hopefully it will be a good one.

The players are out on the field.

Only five minutes until kick-off now.

To Saleem in Trinidad as he writes: "I think Chelsea has this one. Ramires, Torres and Sturridge for Chelsea and Suarez for Liverpool. The quicker feet of Chelsea will make the difference."

Declan over in the USA writes: "Liverpool can still overtake Everton. They've a tricky last game against Newcastle. Lots of changes for Chelsea tonight. I reckon Liverpool will do the business."

Steven Gerrard misses out with a slight injury. Kenny Dalglish says it's nothing to worry about.

Stephen in Belfast takes a different view as he writes: "Liverpool will be looking for sweet revenge after Saturday. Carroll could score a few tonight. You never know! I reckon 2-1 to Liverpool."

Shaz in Hayes - not Yeading - writes: "After the dramatic Wembley game, I can see another Chelsea win. They may have eight changes from the side that won on Saturday but the pacey fresh side will out do Liverpool! Come on you Blues!"

Here is some more news about tonight's teams. Former Kop idol Fernando Torres returns to Anfield for the first time since his £50million departure in January last year as one of eight changes for Chelsea. With his team the outsiders to finish in the top four, manager Roberto di Matteo makes numerous alterations to the team which won the FA Cup against the Reds on Saturday as this month's Champions League final against Bayern Munich is his primary focus. Liverpool make four changes from their team, with captain Steven Gerrard absent from the squad but Wembley goalscorer Andy Carroll returning to the line-up.

The teams are in.

Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Carragher, Skrtel, Agger, Downing, Henderson, Shelvey, Maxi, Suarez, Carroll Subs: Doni, Coates, Kuyt, Spearing, Sterling, Kelly, Bellamy

Chelsea: Turnbull, Ferreira, Ivanovic, Terry, Bertrand, Essien, Romeu, Ramires, Sturridge, Malouda, Torres Subs: Hilario, Cole, Lampard, Mata, Lukaku, Kalou, Hutchinson

The referee is Kevin Friend.

Liverpool are 11/10 to win this match with Sky Bet, Chelsea are 23/10 and the draw is available at 5/2.

Welcome to our live coverage of tonight's Premier League clash between Liverpool and Chelsea. The Reds will be looking to restore some pride after losing the FA Cup final to the Blues at the weekend and Roberto Di Matteo's men need victory to keep their top-four bid alive. Team news to come soon and get the e-mails sent to nick.hext@bskyb.com.

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