Goals from Trent Alexander-Arnold and Roberto Firmino were good enough to secure all three points despite N’Golo Kante’s second-half strike.
Liverpool and Chelsea produced yet another pulsating contest as the Reds edged their opponents to register a 2-1 victory at Stamford Bridge. The visitors 15th consecutive Premier League victory proved too intransigent as second-half strike from N’Golo Kante was not good enough to overcome set-piece goals from Roberto Firmino and Trent Alexander-Arnold.
It was a tale of two tales as Jurgen Klopp’s side took the initiative in the first half and handed the continuous problem to the hosts with full-throttle football. Trent Alexander-Arnold opened the scoring through a sumptuous strike in the 12th minute. Chelsea defence looked rusty and leaked the second through Roberto Firmino sixteen minutes later.
Frank Lampard’s side started the second half on a higher ante and cut down the deficit to one. N’Golo Kante was allowed a free run and take a shot from outside the box, which was no way near Adrian’s reach. They had a couple of chances before the full-time whistle, but their failure to take it has cost them.
Jurgen Klopp couldn’t have asked for a better outcome – leading five points by Manchester City in the early parts of the season. On the other hand, Chelsea will be hoping to overcome games despite playing intensified football.
We shall look at the three talking points from the Reds narrow win against the Blues.
#1 Chelsea got exploited through set-piece
Chelsea looked totally out of the groove when set-piece situation arrived throughout the game. Frank Lampard’s side will be furious because of their poor marking, which got exploited more than thrice throughout the game.
As for the first goal, it was well and truly the intelligence of Trent Alexander-Arnold to see the net bulge for over a minute. A slight lay-off from Mohamed Salah was good enough for the English full-back to generate power and score an excellent goal in the 12th minute.
Liverpool were relentlessly threatening and Chelsea scaped out of the box a couple of occasions before Roberto Firmino extended the lead in the half an hour mark of the game. The Brazilian was initially told to mark by Marcos Alonso. But, the Spanish full-back’s failure to track him during the corner proved too costly after Firmino was left unmarked to score his first of the game.
Before Liverpool’s number 9 scored – Virgil Van Dijk and Joel Matip won the initial header, but it was cleared by Chelsea to abscond from jeopardy once again. Frank Lampard will be working on this aspect in the training ground.