Liverpool overcame Chelsea 1-0 at Stamford Bridge as Fernando Torres made his debut for the Blues but was substituted in the second half when Raul Meireles scored a deserved winner. Not so much a football match, more a meeting of two open cheque books as Chelsea and Liverpool, who between them spent £134m on the final day of the transfer window, met at Stamford Bridge.
Torres had a chance in the first minute, then was brilliantly tackled by Jamie Carragher as the Spaniard shaped to pull the trigger, but apart from that he had a game to forget along with his new colleagues.
The first period was littered by mistakes from both teams but Chelsea's laboured approach play rarely threatened the visitor's backline.
The goal came on 68 minutes as Gerrard sent over a superb cross causing confusion between Petr Cech and Branislav Ivanovic, and Meireles at the back post applied the finishing touch.
Referee: Andre Marriner
Venue: Stamford Bridge Attendance: 41,829
CHELSEA 01 Cech 02 Ivanovic 03 A Cole 17 Bosingwa (David Luiz 73) 26 Terry 05 Essien 08 Lampard 12 Mikel (yellow card) (Malouda 71) 09 Torres (Kalou 66) 11 Drogba 39 Anelka
Substitutes 22 Turnbull, 04 David Luiz, 19 Ferreira, 15 Malouda, 46 McEachran, 55 Sala, 21 Kalou
LIVERPOOL 25 Reina 02 G Johnson 05 Agger 23 Carragher 34 Kelly 37 Skrtel 04 Meireles (Poulsen 83) 08 Gerrard 17 Maxi (Aurelio 75) 21 Lucas (yellow card) 18 Kuyt
Substitutes 42 Gulacsi, 06 Aurelio, 16 Kyrgiakos, 28 Poulsen, 07 Suarez, 14 Jovanovic, 24 Ngog