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Liverpool heaped pressure on Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas with a 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge thanks to Glen Johnson's late goal.

Much of the pre-match build up had been focused on ex-Liverpool boy Fernando Torres who started on the bench, presumably as he had to travel all the way to Costa Rica and back with the Spanish team in midweek.

After a cagey start to the first half, Liverpool took control following a defensive error by Jon Obi Mikel. Luis Suarez and Craig Bellamy pounced on the ball, before the latter unselfishly set up Maxi Rodriguez for an easy finish on 33 minutes.

Chelsea's defence was in different levels of shambles, indicating that Villas-Boas' players still doesn't know what they're required to do in terms of tactics. However, the Portuguese manager brought on Daniel Sturridge at half-time, for the beleaguered Mikel, and the substitution had its reward.

Florent Malouda surged through the middle before placing a low cross at the far post for Sturridge to tap in. The goal had its effect on Chelsea and but for Pepe Reina's brilliant save off Ivanovic's header, the home side would have taken the lead shortly after.

Chelsea's probed on and Malouda should have scored when Ivanovic picked him out with a great cross at the far post. The Frenchman scuffed his shot, unmarked, and the ball went well wide.

However, Liverpool had the final say. Late in the game, Charlie Adam's crisp long ball was brought down expertly by Glen Johnson who nutmegged Ashley Cole on his way to the box before finishing with aplomb.

It meant Kenny Dalglish maintained his record of not losing to Chelsea as Liverpool manager, although it piles pressure on his young counterpart.