What is Nicolas Anelka doing? Judging be a selection of Twitter reactions Kevin McCauley pulled near half time, few know. We know what he's supposed to be doing, playing at the level between midfield and forwards, providing the link to attack. However, that's not happening. Chelsea best route into attack is coming down the left, and when the team is able to set up in the Liverpool half, Anelka seems indecisive on the ball, uncertain where he should be positioned.
The 57th and 58th minutes illustrated this. In one entry into the box, Anelka seemed set to drill a right footed shot on goal from 23 yards. Instead, he cut back onto his left foot and hit a ball toward Frank Lampard, his pass too hard a toward the back foot of a man streaking toward goal. The play ended with Fernando Torres giving up the ball.
A minute later, same scenario. Anelka was indecisive on the ball, cut back onto his left before chipping a ball behind an attacking teammate. Liverpool easily cleared.
Moments later, Anelka - becoming more midfielder than forward - was out of position to play a pass back to Glen Johnson. In frustration, he game up a free kick from Liverpool's left flank, 24 yards from the byline.
That opportunity came to nothing, and now, with Fernando Torres coming off in the 66th minute, Liverpool fans are given reason to cheer. Salomon Kalou is on, Chelsea is back to their normal shape, though the score is still 0-0.