What We Learned from Liverpool’s Victory at Stamford Bridge !
Henderson led Liverpool picked up 3 crucial points with an excellent win at Stamford Bridge against the mighty Blues. The midfielder scored a peach of a goal with a stunning strike to double the lead away from home. (What We Learned from Liverpool’s Victory at Stamford Bridge !)
The defender Dejan Lovren opened the scoring for Klopp’s side early in the game. Diego Costa scored to reduce the deficit and give Conte a ray of hope but the determinant Reds hung on to claim all three crucial points to go up to fourth in the table.
The five things that we learnt from Chelsea’s home defeat to the reds are:
5) Stamford Bridge is not a fortress
The 2-1 loss to Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool marked the first home defeat for Antonio Conte since the January of 2013, when his former side Juventus lost to Sampdoria with the same score line. Chelsea’s defensive frailties were exposed by the relentless Merseyside attack.
The likes of David Luiz and Cahill were left exposed by the pace of Sadio Mane and Adam Lallana. (What We Learned from Liverpool’s Victory at Stamford Bridge !)
The inclusion of David Luiz in defence caused Chelsea, a great deal of problem for the Terry-less defence. Conte was warned a several times by the critics regarding the return of the defender David Luiz.
4) N’Golo Kante cannot save the Blues from blues every game
The defensive lynchpin N’Golo Kante was the only player who put in a good shift on the otherwise terrible night for the Blues. The ex-Leicester City man covered the entire ground trying to cover the defensive lapses shown by the defenders.
The French midfielder could not do a thing to stop the sensational strike from the Reds midfielder Jordan Henderson. Most of the dirty work for the Blues was done by the midfielder.
The Frenchman was not well supported by his defence and his midfield especially his fellow midfielder Matic.
3) Klopp’s Fearsome Attacking Outfit
Jurgen Klopp, dynamically has changed the Reds over the span of 2 seasons. The Reds were a timid attacking side last season, despite possessing great wavelength of talent at his disposal. (What We Learned from Liverpool’s Victory at Stamford Bridge !)
The Reds’ manager has brought in players who would help in bringing the dynamicity back to the club.
Sadio Mane, one of the key members of this fearsome attack has caused havoc inside the Blues’ defensive boundary. In this match it was defender Dejan Lovren and midfielder Jordan Henderson who scored for Klopp. Liverpool are proving to be a nightmare for any defence, be it Tottenham Hotspur or be it Chelsea.
2) Liverpool’s need for a new No 1
Simon Mignolet has been one of the weakest link for the Merseyside from the past season. The Belgian goalkeeper was pretty much poor throughout the entire match and nearly cost his team a goal or two.
Klopp needs to get the better of the Belgian in order to revive the custodian’s career. The Belgian was found miss-controlling the back passes on more than one occasion in the match.
The 6ft 4 inches Belgian international was very unconvincing on the crosses and it is just a matter of time until the injured Loris Karius takes his place in the Starting XI.
1) Struggling Sturridge
Jurgen Klopp had surprised the pundits with the inclusion of the England international Sturridge. Sturridge, replaced one of Liverpool’s best forward player Robert Firmino in the starting line-up. (What We Learned from Liverpool’s Victory at Stamford Bridge !)
The England international failed to regain his fitness throughout the match until he was replaced by Divock Origi in the 57th minute of the match.
Strurridge, failed to link up with the team and the inclusion of Firmino would have have been a better option for the well-oiled Reds’ side. The inclusion of Origi gave Klopp more pace going into the final half hour of the game.