Published On: Sun, Sep 22nd, 2019

Chelsea 1-2 Liverpool AS IT HAPPENED: Reds restore five-point lead over Man City | Football | Sport


CHELSEA 1-2 LIVERPOOL – TRENT ALEXANDER-ARNOLD (14), FIRMINO (29), KANTE (71)

Chelsea XI: Arrizabalaga, Christensen, Tomori, Azpilicueta, Emerson, Jorginho, Kovacic, Kante, Willian, Mount, Abraham

Liverpool XI: Adrian, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Salah, Mane, Firmino

Liverpool made Premier League history as they extended their winning run to 15 games with a 2-1 success at Chelsea.

Goals from Trent Alexander-Arnold and Roberto Firmino saw the Reds become the first side in the Premier League era to win their opening six games in consecutive seasons.

It is also a club-record 23 matches since they last lost in the league and, after restoring a five-point lead over Manchester City at the summit, they are going to take some stopping in their pursuit of the title, even if they were hanging on at the end.

  • Trent Alexander-Anrold opens the scoring with powerful free-kick
  • Cesar Azpilicueta goal disallowed for offside – VAR ruling
  • Firmino doubles Liverpool’s lead three minutes later with header
  • N’Golo Kante pulls one back for Chelsea with excellent solo effort

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CHELSEA 1-2 LIVERPOOL

FT: And there you have it – it wasn’t pretty, it wasn’t stylish – but Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool have gone to Stamford Bridge and claimed all three points. The perfect start continues with maximum points from six games. Up next? Sheffield United away.

93: Chelsea struggling to conjure any late opportunities. Looks like Liverpool are going to have a five-point advantage over Manchester City this evening.

92: Jurgen Klopp makes a change with Mohamed Salah replaced by Joe Gomez.

90: That was the moment. Surely that was the moment. Not shock where it comes from as Marcos Alonso clips a cushioned pass into Mason Mount, who completely balloons it over the target.

Four minutes added time – doubt Chelsea will have a better opportunity than that.

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88: Chelsea not throwing the kitchen sink at Liverpool yet – but certainly plenty of utensils have been chucked.

Close! Was that the chance? Marcos Alonso sends a cross over to the unmarked Michy Batshuayi in the middle, who glances it wide of the target.

86: Don’t ask me how, but Arsenal are winning 3-2 against Aston Villa. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with a sublime free-kick.

85: Michael Oliver has run out of patience with Mateo Kovacic’s consistent complaining. He’s booked.

83: Really? OK. Adam Lallana on for Jordan Henderson with seven minutes of normal time remaining. Calum Chambers has equalised for ten-man Arsenal against Aston Villa. That’s now 2-2.

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80: Final ten minutes at Stamford Bridge and Liverpool are looking a touch nervy. Willian powers down the left before Joel Matip makes a cynical challenge. No booking for some unknown reason.

Save! Mason Mount loops a free-kick over to the unmarked Marcos Alonso, whose header is saved by Adrian. Ah, miles offside. As you were.

78: Fabinho goes in the book for rugby tackling the breaking Michy Batshuayi. One of the easier decisions for Michael Oliver this afternoon. Incidentally, the arrival of Michy means Christian Pulisic won’t be getting any minutes again today.

76: Send out the bat signal! Michy Batshuayi is coming on for the final 15 minutes. He replaces Tammy Abraham, who did well considering the assignment.

73: Now then, we have a grandstand finish. Jurgen Klopp sends James Milner on for Sadio Mane. Possibly five minutes too late…

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CHELSEA 1-2 LIVERPOOL – KANTE

71: GOAL! What a goal! N’Golo Kante makes something from nothing to give Chelsea a glimmer of hope!

The French midfielder collects the ball before being allowed to dribble into the Liverpool penalty area and bury it past Adrian. Cracking finish. What’s that saying about 2-0 being a dangerous scoreline?

70: Just entered the final 20 minutes at Stamford Bridge. Liverpool close to extending their 100 per cent start to the Premier League campaign and restoring their five-point advantage at the summit of the Premier League.

High boot?! Chelsea fans are appealing for a penalty with Trent AA raising his leg high during a challenge. Nothing given.

68: It’s a game of hot potato now with both sides giving the ball away for fun. Not a particularly inspiring passage of play. Liverpool won’t mind too much as the minutes tick away.

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65: It could be worse, Chelsea fans. You could support Arsenal. Nicolas Pepe levelled from the penalty spot and less than two minutes later – Wesley restored Aston Villa’s advantage. It’s 2-1.

62: Abraham’s improvised back heel is deflected wide of the post for a corner. N’Golo Kante collects on the edge of the box before dragging it wide of the target.

60: Michael Oliver books Trent Alexander-Arnold for time wasting. Jordan Henderson is a little bit overzealous in his defending of his colleague and is lucky to avoid a booking himself.

57: Some nice stuff from Chelsea going forward. Willian switches play to the left flank where Marcos Alonso opts to prod it to Jorginho. He spots Willian’s run down the right but the pass is overcooked.

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54: Chaos inside the Chelsea penalty area. Trent’s low cross from the byline is turned towards his own goal by Azpilicueta, and Kepa claws it away. Everyone’s expecting the referee to look at his watch to check the goal line technology but the linesman’s flag is raised.

51: It’s been all Liverpool since the resumption. Jurgen Klopp’s side want a third to put this to bed. And y’know what? I suspect they’ll get it.

48: Save! Could and probably should be 3-0. Trent loops a cross over to the unmarked Firmino at the back post. The Brazilian volleys it towards goal and Kepa manages to palm it wide of the target. Brilliant left-handed save.

CHELSEA 0-2 LIVERPOOL

45: And we’re back underway. Graeme Souness thinks Mason Mount was clearly offside and came out with an odd analogy. “You can’t be a little bit pregnant, you’re either onside or you’re offside,” he told Sky Sports.

Always a pleasure to hear your thoughts, Graeme…

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Twitter round-up

Hasan: I just can’t describe how much I love Vigil Van Dijk.. Colossus. Bargain of the century.

Alan: I’ve been saying it since April; VAR is the death of football as we know it. ‘Clear and Obvious’ has been replaced by microscopes and an almost perverse enjoyment in destroying teams’ hopes.

Nate: That high Liverpool press is even giving me anxiety and I’m sat in the pub.

I’m sure there’s a remedy for that in the pub, Nate…

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CHELSEA 0-2 LIVERPOOL

HT: Well an action-packed first 45 minutes comes to a close with Liverpool boasting a two-goal lead. Trent Alexander-Arnold’s powerful free-kick gave the visitors the perfect start and Roberto Firmino punished Chelsea, who were still reeling from the disallowed goal.

47: Spillage! Marcos Alonso sweeps a cross in from the left and Adrian spills it. Willian and Tammy Abraham look to convert the rebound but the Liverpool goalkeeper recovers.

45: Three minutes added time.

43: Things go from bad to worse for Arsenal, who are trailing Aston Villa at home, are now down to ten with Ainsley Maitland-Niles sent off for a second bookable offence.

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41: Yep, Andreas Christensen off and Kurt Zouma replaces him. That’s two enforced changes that Frank Lampard has made now. Just one substitution left at his disposal.

38: Not good news for Chelsea as Christensen stays down injured after that block. Looks to have done something to his shoulder. Kurt Zouma starts warming up on the sidelines.

36: Mohamed Salah goes past Tomori like he’s not there and cuts inside onto his left. He tries to curl it into the far corner but Christensen makes a decent block.

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34: Quick update from the Emirates… Arsenal are losing. John McGinn gave Aston Villa the lead in the 20th-minute.

31: Tough one for Chelsea to swallow that. It’s clearly rattled Frank Lampard’s side, who are struggling to rebuild. Another blow sees Tammy Abraham on the deck after some no-nonsense goalkeeping from Adrian.

CHELSEA 0-2 LIVERPOOL – FIRMINO

29: GOAL! The ultimate sucker-punch! Two minutes after Chelsea think they’ve equalised – Liverpool double their advantage!

It’s poor defending from the hosts as Andrew Robertson drifts a free-kick into the penalty area, where Roberto Firmino rises highest to head home.

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27: Disallowed! Chelsea are celebrating… but it doesn’t last long because VAR has ruled it out.

Mason Mount collects the ball and drives down the left before clipping it into the penalty area. Adrian makes a terrific reflex save to prevent an own goal before Cesar Azpilicueta prods home the rebound. VAR shows Mount was fractionally offside in the build up.

24: Huge chance. Massive chance. Big miss. Tammy Abraham peels off Joel Matip and finds himself one-on-one with Adrian. Everyone’s expecting the net to ripple but the Liverpool goalkeeper makes the stop from a fairly tame effort. Frank Lampard swipes the air in frustration.

21: Booked! Fikayo Tomori goes in the book for sliding in on Jordan Henderson for no real reason. The centre-back now has 70 minutes to last against the most potent front three in world football.

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24: Huge chance. Massive chance. Big miss. Tammy Abraham peels off Joel Matip and finds himself one-on-one with Adrian. Everyone’s expecting the net to ripple but the Liverpool goalkeeper makes the stop from a fairly tame effort. Frank Lampard swipes the air in frustration.

21: Booked! Fikayo Tomori goes in the book for sliding in on Jordan Henderson for no real reason. The centre-back now has 70 minutes to last against the most potent front three in world football.

18: Alonso wastes no time getting involved when flying down the left and drilling another dangerous ball in. Liverpool clear.

17: Frank Lampard does indeed send on Marcos Alonso, who replaces the injured Emerson. Not a change Frank Lampard wanted to make this early in the afternoon.

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CHELSEA 0-1 LIVERPOOL – TRENT ALEXANDER-ARNOLD

14: GOAL! Bang! When Trent Alexander-Arnold hits them – they stay hit!

Sadio Mane draws the foul from Andreas Christensen just outside the penalty area and the writing is on the wall. Mohamed Salah rolls the ball to the full-back, who absolutely leathers it past the driving Kepa. Thunderbolt.

11: Close! Mason Mount drives down the left channel and sweeps a lovely cross into the middle, but neither Tammy Abraham or Willian could connected Liverpool hack it away.

I spy Marcos Alonso being readied on the the sidelines… not quite sure who he’s going to replace.

8: As you’d expect, Liverpool have started the stronger. Jurgen Klopp’s side look more assured and relaxed as they probe from left to right trying to stretch this young Chelsea side.

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5: The Steven Gerrard song is getting an early run out at Stamford Bridge. What else did you expect?

For matter on the field, nothing much has happened in these early stages. In fact, nothing has happened aside from Willian hitting the deck clutching his back after a strong challenge from Virgil Van Dijk.

3: Apparently that Eden Hazard banner is a show of support from Chelsea fans after his 2/10 rating in L’Équipe for the PSG game. Bizarre considering his comments about the Blues last week.

CHELSEA 0-0 LIVERPOOL

1: And we’re underway at Stamford Bridge. Any predictions you’d like to share? I’m going for a 3-1 Liverpool win. Really strange to see the Chelsea fans passing around a massive banner of Eden Hazard. Gone but not forgotten clearly…

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Here they come!

16:27: The players are just emerging now to a packed Stamford Bridge. There’s a real sense of excitement that Chelsea’s youngsters can get a result today. But with Chelsea’s leaky defence – they’ll probably have to score more than once.

Ten-minute warning

16:25: Just under five minutes until we’re underway at Stamford Bridge. Any thought that Manchester City would crumble this season was truly put to bed after their emphatic 8-0 win over Watford. Must-win for Liverpool today.

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Improvements required

16:20: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admits they have to improve the defensive side of their game but says a lack of clean sheets is not down to a more attacking approach.

In five matches this season they have scored 15 goals and conceded five in the Premier League, with just one clean sheet – at Burnley last month – in eight matches in all competitions this season.

At the same stage last season the Reds had scored 11 and conceded just two, having opened the league campaign with three successive clean sheets.

“There is no difference. We didn’t focus more on defensive or offensive things,” he said. “The goals have been strange. There would have been a second clean sheet at Southampton if we didn’t concede that goal would have been a clean sheet, there could have been clean sheets in other games.

“It is still early in the season, we have to improve and develop. But it’s not because we have a different approach to last year.”

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Ouch…

16:15: Sky Sports pundits Graeme Souness, Roy Keane and Jose Mourinho are currently taking chunks out of Manchester United after their lacklustre defeat to West Ham.

Mourinho: “Any positives? No. We were bad last season, but I don’t see any improvements this season. I like the three (signings), they bring some good quality to the team. The team as a team, I don’t like at all. I’m not surprised by the result.”

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Team news – Chelsea

16:10: Fantasy football managers and Chelsea fans rejoice – Mason Mount starts.

N’Golo Kante makes his first start in four games after an ankle problem. Frank Lampard reverts to a traditional back four.

There is also a start for Emerson after the full-back recovered from injury. He replaces Marcos Alonso.

Team news – Liverpool

16:05: Jurgen Klopp makes two changes with Jordan Henderson and Roberto Firmino returning to the starting XI.

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Starting XI’s…

16:00: Mason Mount overcomes his ankle injury to start for Chelsea. There’s also room for N’Golo Kante. It’s a very familiar looking Liverpool side.

Chelsea XI: Arrizabalaga, Christensen, Tomori, Azpilicueta, Emerson, Jorginho, Kovacic, Kante, Willian, Mount, Abraham.

Subs: Caballero, Alonso, Barkley, Pedro, Zouma, Pulisic, Batshuayi.

Liverpool XI: Adrian, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Salah, Mane, Firmino.

Subs: Kelleher, Milner, Gomez, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lallana, Shaqiri, Brewster.

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CHELSEA vs LIVERPOOL – EARLY TEAM NEWS

Mason Mount could feature for Chelsea against Liverpool on Sunday.

Mount limped out of the Champions League defeat by Valencia on Tuesday with a nasty-looking ankle injury after he was caught by a late challenge from Francis Coquelin, but boss Frank Lampard has not ruled out the young midfielder.

N’Golo Kante has recovered from an ankle injury and his general fitness will be assessed. Callum Hudson-Odoi should return from his Achilles injury next week.

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker and midfielder Naby Keita have returned to training but are not yet in contention.

Alisson has been absent since sustaining a calf injury 39 minutes into the Reds’ opening league match but has started individual sessions with goalkeeping coach John Achterberg.

Keita, who has not played since the Community Shield because of a groin injury, has rejoined team training but striker Divock Origi (ankle) is unlikely to feature at Stamford Bridge.



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