LIVERPOOL had the laugh on Fernando Torres as the £50 million striker was withdrawn during Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge thus providing a fourth straight win for the Anfield men.
Manager Kenny Dalglish said the presence of Torres provided no extra incentive for the striker’s former team-mates.
“The players approached it professionally,” he said. “I don’t think his presence was any incentive.
“The incentive for us was to get three points. Whatever someone else wants to do with their life is up to them.
“it would have made no difference if Carlo Ancelotti was playing up front, I’d still want the three points.
Raul Meireles struck after 68 minutes to seal a memorable victory, and the Spaniard’s debut for Chelsea was a miserable affair, comprising 66 disappointing minutes and no end of torment from the away supporters.
Jamie Carragher returned to the Liverpool line-up and was outstanding in a solid defensive display and, at the end, Dalglish hugged his chief coach Steve Clarke, formerly coach at Chelsea under Jose Mourinho.
Meanwhile, Avram Grant called off his 56th birthday celebrations after seeing his West Ham side sink to the bottom of the Premier League table with a 1-0 home defeat to Birmingham.
Nikola Zigic scored the only goal in the second half for Alex McLeish’s men who moved out of the bottom three.
West Brom, who dropped into the relegatiobn zojne, today sacked manager Roberto Dio Matteo.