Chelsea striker Demba Ba has indirectly poked fun at Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard by insisting that he wasn't surprised by the high-profile error that led to the crucial first goal at Anfield on Sunday.

The Daily Star reports how the Senegal international kept a cool head to calmly slot past the outrushing Simon Mignolet, to give the visitors a vital breakthrough before half-time.

"I was waiting for a mistake, it wasn't a surprise," said Ba. "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 setting his Chelsea side up defensively and ordering a cautious approach to proceedings, Jose Mourinho's players were rewarded for their patience when Gerrard's unforced slip presented Ba with a clear run at the Liverpool goal.

He did not waste his opportunity, providing the Blues with something to hold onto, allowing them to sit back for long periods of the game as Brendan Rodgers's team struggled to break their opponents down.

In the final stages Liverpool threw everything at Chelsea, knowing that defeat could seriously hamper their Premier League title aspirations, and in doing so allowed Mourinho's men to double their lead in injury time following a swift counter attack.

"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," added the Chelsea star.

"It was to prevent them [Liverpool] 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."

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