Defender Glen Johnson's late strike was the difference in Liverpool's 2-1 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, proving that the Blues' defense is shattered this season.

Chelsea took 10 more shots than Liverpool, yet the Reds put just as many shots (3) on goal as the home team.

Chelsea's attacking was far from dominant in the match, but neither was Liverpool's. Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech let the last goal get by after the Blues' defense was content to let Johnson go almost where ever he wanted.

''I was probably the last name on people's minds, I like to get forward and I'm grateful to get the goal." - Glen Johnson

That quote from ESPN.com says it all. Johnson isn't supposed to score goals on squads like Chelsea, unless it comes from a set piece. And he certainly isn't supposed to score with minutes to play in such a critical match.

John Terry, Ashley Cole and company must fix whatever they are doing in the back because it's not working. Arsenal found the back of the net five times against Chelsea recently, proving their defense is becoming far too soft to win consistently.

The ease with which Johnson traveled through the Chelsea defense at such a pivotal juncture in the match is not only alarming, but damaging to the Blues championship hopes this season.

The loss drops Chelsea 12 points back of Premier League leader Manchester City while bringing Liverpool into a tie with the Blues in points (22), just three goals back in differential now.


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