Torres' double help Liverpool defeat Chelsea
Liverpool took over sole possession of second place, two points back of Manchester United. United has a game in hand on all its closest pursuers.
The flashpoint in the game came on the hour at the time Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard tackled his counterpart, Xabi Alonso, with his studs up high and was given a red card.
Chelsea would have been content with a draw after Liverpool dominated the play. Now, new hopes will be restored in Liverpool’s title challenge.
Chelsea keeper Petr Cech kept the Blues in the game after chances fell to Alonso and Yossi Benayoun. Defender Alex stifled the Reds attack and was there to thwart the best chance of the game that fell to Torres.
Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari took off Florent Malouda and Nicolas Anelka who were absent from the play and brought on Deco and Didier Drogba, which did have a positive effect.
Torres left it to the last minute of full time to get on the score sheet with a near post header from a Fabio Aurelio cross. Then, in the 94th minute of play, he made it two with an easy side foot tap in after Benayoun’s set up. Chelsea’s defense was very sloppy on the second Torres goal.