When league leaders, Chelsea, traveled to Anfield on 7th of November, 2010, little did they know that a beleaguered player was waiting not just to inflict pain on his opponents but also to audition for one last time.
Roman Abramovich had been a big fan of the Spaniard and had tried to sign him in the preceding summer as well, only to be put off by Liverpool’s asking price. However, on this day, his insatiable desire was met with El Nino’s mesmerizing performance – and, it turned out to be the final push the Russian needed to bring the player home.
Under Roy Hodgson, Liverpool’s season was heading nowhere, but with this win, Liverpool climbed back into the top 10 with a third successive victory. On the other hand, Carlo Ancelotti”s Chelsea had a chance to extend their 2 point lead at the top of the table, but couldn’t and eventually lost the title to Manchester United.
Two moments of absolute brilliance from a player, who’d been in abysmal form since the World Cup, left the Chelsea defence in shock. For the first goal, he collected Kuyt’s pass with a sublime first touch, got the better of Terry to lift the ball past Petr Cech. The second goal came when he received the ball from Meireles on the right and curled the ball into the far corner with Cech rooted to the ground.
Fernando Torres became a Chelsea player in less than three months after this game.