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Chelsea: How the Liverpool Defeat Encapsulated the Grimness of This Season and Points to Murky Future

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?After all the hark-backs to April 27th, 2014, all the raucous chanting about Steven Gerrard slipping on his 'f#@&ing arse', all the aptness of Brendan Rodgers losing out to a more pragmatic manager on Friday night, Chelsea fans forgot one thing on Sunday afternoon: Chelsea aren't Chelsea anymore.

Or, if you're going off this season alone, Chelsea are still, painfully, very much Chelsea.

I know, it's confusing.

It's a sad state of affairs, one that has been ignorantly stumbled into by the club's hierarchy, indignantly pushed to the surface by Conte's final season and repeatedly thwacked whack-a-mole style by the Maurizio Sarri tenure.

), but the problem isn't just that nothing remains from those heady years, it's that, somehow, so many things do.

If you exclude Callum Hudson-Odoi (which Maurizio Sarri had done for most of the season until he handed in a transfer request), the mean age of Chelsea's frontline comes to 30 years old, with change.

Any semblance of the defiance that dominated the Jose Mourinho eras has gone (replaced with...what?
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