Liverpool dealt Chelsea a 2-0 home loss on Tuesday in the quarter-finals of the Carling Cup, adding more pressure on young manager Andre Villas-Boas.
Liverpool got on the board in the 58th minute at Stamford Bridge, when Jordan Henderson delivered an excellent pass to Craig Bellamy, who then crossed the ball to midfielder Maxi Rodriguez inside the Chelsea penalty area. The Argentine veteran knocked the ball in with his left foot.
The Reds would strike again five minutes later. Defender Martin Kelly bounced a header off after a well-placed cross from Bellamy along the left wing.
It was an emotional game for Bellamy. The Welsh star was in tears before kick-off as the match paid tribute to the late Gary Speed.
The final score could have been worse for the Blues. Liverpool forward Andy Carroll, who has had his struggles this season, had his penalty kick saved by Ross Turnbull in the frirst half.
Chelsea took 10 shots, with five on goal, while Liverpool also had five shots on goal, and seven overall. The Blues narrowly won the possession battle, 53-47.
Both clubs used several of their regulars for the match. Chelsea simply couldn't execute against a more inspired Liverpool side.
The pressure is on new manager Villas-Boas, as the Blues have lost five of their last nine games. The Jose Mourinho protege arrived at Stamford Bridge with lofty expectations, but so far has not delivered satisfactory results.
Disappointed Chelsea supporters exited the stadium before the final whistle, after witnessing a lackluster peformance.
Here's a clip from Kelly's goal: