Liverpool crumble at Chelsea

Chelsea have dumped Liverpool out of the FA Cup after winning 2-0 at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday to reach the quarter-finals.

Coming on the back of 3-0 drubbing by Watford, Liverpool were miserable against Chelsea.

Liverpool made seven changes to the side that lost surprisingly at Watford on Saturday – the first reverse of their league campaign after a run of 18 successive victories left them on the brink of a first title for 30 years.

Chelsea, however, still had to overcome a Liverpool team containing the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Sadio Mane, Andy Robertson and Joe Gomez in a hard-fought fifth-round tie.

Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian gifted Willian Chelsea’s opener after 13 minutes when he hopelessly fumbled his 20-yard shot, but the European champions had chances of their own only to see recalled keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga present a formidable barrier with a string of saves.

The game was effectively settled after 64 minutes when former Everton midfielder Ross Barkley surged from inside his own half on a solo run before beating Adrian with an emphatic strike, BBC reports.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard will now have Wembley in his sights while Liverpool counterpart Jurgen Klopp will return to task of completing the formalities of the title win and overcoming a 1-0 deficit from the Champions League last 16 first leg against Atletico Madrid.