Demba Ba praised our collective display after we brought an end to Liverpool’s 11-game winning league run.

The Blues scored a goal in each half, without reply, to complete a Premier League double over Brendan Rodgers’s side, reducing the deficit between the sides in the table to just two points.

Ba broke the deadlock just before the break, capitalising on a Steven Gerrard mistake before displaying fantastic composure to score in front of the Kop.

‘I was waiting for a mistake, it wasn’t a surprise,’ he said. ‘We knew we weren’t going to get many chances.

‘You have to keep going, you have to keep doing gambling and fortunately the mistake came. I didn’t think about it, that’s why I scored. If I’d thought about it I would have missed the chance.’

After seeing Liverpool race into the ascendancy in games against the likes of Manchester City, Tottenham and Arsenal, Jose Mourinho sent his side out with clear instructions, and they were carried out to the letter by every member of the side.

‘We always have a plan, you don’t just go out on the pitch and play the way you want to play, you always have a plan,’ said Ba.

‘Today it was to prevent them from scoring in the first few minutes because we’ve seen with every game they play at home they rush out and score goals.

‘We had to prevent them from doing that, which we did in the first 15 to 20 minutes. Because of the way we play it’s difficult for the other team to score.’

The result, only Liverpool’s second home defeat of the campaign, was made all the more impressive by the fact we were without Petr Cech, John Terry, Ramires, Eden Hazard, and Samuel Eto’o.

Tomas Kalas, making his Premier League debut, was immense, and Ba paid tribute to his team-mates.

‘We have a big team, a big squad. We all want to play every week but unfortunately we can’t. We have to take our opportunities to shine and that’s what we did,’ explained the striker.

‘I’m happy with the performance we put in today and I’m especially happy for Tomas Kalas, who was brilliant.’

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