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Football: Battling Chelsea cut Liverpool loose

Published on Dec 30, 2013 5:53 AM

LONDON (AFP) - Chelsea demonstrated their Premier League championship credentials by coming from behind to beat title rivals Liverpool 2-1 in an engaging and keenly contested game at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, Dec 29, 2013.

Martin Skrtel gave Liverpool a third-minute lead, but Chelsea hit back before half-time through Eden Hazard and Samuel Eto'o to give manager Jose Mourinho victory over his former protege Brendan Rodgers.

Having led the league on Christmas Day, Liverpool will finish the year in fifth place, six points below leaders Arsenal, with Chelsea two points off the pace in third place behind Manchester City.

"The players are like monsters - they fight until the last seconds," Mourinho told Sky Sports.

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