Liverpool leaves it late against Chelsea

Glen Johnson scored with 3 minutes left in 1, on Sunday at Stamford Bridge in the English Premier League.

Maxi Rodriguez opened the scoring for Liverpool after 32 minutes, and Chelsea responded 10 minutes after half through Daniel Sturridge. But Reds and England fullback Johnson decided the match with a beautiful goal.

Johnson settled a long, cross-field pass from Charlie Adam on the right wing, cut inside Chelsea defender Ashley Cole into the penalty area, held off Blues winger Florent Malouda, and deposited a shot past Petr Cech to the left post.

Liverpool won for the fourth time on the road this season and extended its run of matches without a loss to seven straight as it moved even on 22 points with Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal in the table. All four clubs are 12 points off the pace of leaders Manchester City.

Chelsea dropped its last home match to Arsenal, 5-3, and the loss to Liverpool made it the first time since 2002 the Blues have dropped two in a row at home.

The Blues had one of the best scoring chances early, as Didier Drogba curled a free kick just around Pepe Reina's right post, but Liverpool followed with the opening goal.

Chelsea turned the ball over deep in its own end when Adam won the ball, and Craig Bellamy controlled it in space, dropped a pass just past Luis Suarez to the left to Rodriguez, who easily scored with Cech at his mercy.

The Blues responded when Malouda's pass-shot curled to the far side of the box to Sturridge, who made no mistake from 5 yards to beat Reina for his fifth of the season in the Premier League.

Liverpool found the late winner, though, as Johnson's first goal of the season helped the Reds to an important win in the battle for Champions League places, and left Chelsea reeling from another home loss.