Five observations from Liverpool's frustrating loss to Chelsea

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The Reds' 2-0 loss to Chelsea ended their impressive run, and opened up the title race just as they looked like running away with it.

Henderson is the lungs of the team

The former Sunderland player's late red card against Manchester City looks like being a huge blow to Liverpool's title chances. Not at their best against Norwich last week in his absence, he was a huge miss from the midfield today against Chelsea, with his usual drive from midfield replaced by an unnecessary defensive player in Lucas. Henderson's relentless snapping is the kind of play that unsettles opposing players however many of them are behind the ball, and what's more, it encourages his teammates to do the same.

Of all the players to make a mistake...

There have been few better performers in this season's Premier League than Steven Gerrard. The Liverpool captain has his second best goal return of his career, and has been a catalyst for most things that have gone right for Brendan Rodger's side, but it was a dreadful error to miscontrol the ball and gift the goal to Ba. If anything, it was a double mistake, with the slip only compounding his initial mistake. Gerrard shouldn't feel too down, he has won the club plenty of points on his own over the years.

No plan B for Rodgers

Barely any shots on target in the first half, it was clear Rodgers would need to freshen it up in an attempt to unlock the Blues defence. As it turned out , there was nothing new to come from the home side, and Liverpool didn't have any answers for the Chelsea tactics that were restrictive, but hugely disciplined. This will be something the Anfield boss will have to look into in the summer, whether the Reds finish first, second or third.

The Reds' three PFA nominees had some of their poorest games this year

As things got desperate for Liverpool, there is always the hope that one of Suarez, Gerrard or Sturridge would do something special and pull the side back into the game, as they have done at countless other times this season. As it turned out, none of them could influence the game in the league leader's favour, with all disappointing with their minutes on the pitch, and ahead of the PFA award's tonight no less. 

Liverpool will be relying on Everton for a favour

Barring some giant wins for Liverpool over Palace and Newcastle, City will win the league on goal difference if both sides win their remaining games. The one obstacle in the way of the Citizens is Liverpool's Merseyside rivals Everton, who play City next weekend at Goodison. Reds fans will be in the unusual position of wishing the Toffees all the luck in the world, and may be boosted by strong performances recently against Arsenal and Manchester United.

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