Chelsea inflicted a fifth straight house defeat on Liverpool for the primary time of their historical past to place an extra dent within the Premier League champions’ hopes of constructing the highest 4.
Jurgen Klopp’s aspect approached 2021 on the summit of the top-flight and fancying their possibilities of finishing a profitable title defence, however they’re now 4 factors off the Blues in seventh place following a 1-Zero defeat at Anfield.
Chelsea, who are actually unbeaten in ten video games below Thomas Tuchel, had Mason Mount to thank for the victory after the England worldwide continued his advantageous season with an excellent strike that in the end settled the affair.
The Blues’ final win at Anfield in 2014 successfully did for the title hopes of Brendan Rodgers’ aspect. This one was a blow to Liverpool’s possibilities of a top-four end.
The hosts didn’t register a shot on track till the 85th minute and Georginio Wijnaldum’s weak header was by no means going to check Edouard Mendy.
They’ve taken one level from the final 21 on provide at house since Christmas and scored simply two objectives, considered one of which was a penalty.
None of their established entrance three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane or Roberto Firmino managed the feat however the sight of Salah, the Premier League’s main scorer, being substituted simply previous the hour appeared baffling.
The Egypt worldwide thought in order he sat shaking his head having been changed by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Chelsea, against this, appeared filled with risk with Timo Werner – a participant Liverpool have been inquisitive about however determined they might not afford final summer time – a relentless downside for the hosts.
Regardless of one objective in his earlier 17 Premier League outings he induced issues along with his motion, drifting out to the left, then popping within the center to present Fabinho an actual headache on his return to the aspect.
The Brazil midfielder, changing Nat Phillips after he turned the newest centre-back to select up an damage, was partnering Ozan Kabak in Liverpool’s 15th completely different central defensive beginning partnership in 27 league matches.
Confronted with a statistic like that’s is maybe comprehensible why there was a scarcity of cohesion on the again and Werner ought to actually have profited.
He fired one early shot over after which didn’t elevate his effort over Alisson Becker, again in objective after the dying of his father in Brazil final week.
Even when the Chelsea ahead did beat Alisson, who had one other rush of blood in charging out to satisfy Werner just for the ball to be tipped over his wild swing of the leg permitting the Germany worldwide to fit house, VAR dominated the attacker’s arm had been offside 20 yards earlier within the build-up.
Liverpool’s one probability fell to Sadio Mane however Salah’s first-time ball excessive obtained caught below his toes and missed his shot with solely Mendy to beat.
Chelsea have been nonetheless controlling the sport and caught their opponents on the counter-attack when N’Golo Kante shortly swung a free ball out to the left wing from the place Mount minimize inside to beat Alisson having been given far an excessive amount of time to select his spot.
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Tuchel spent the primary 5 minutes of the second half screaming at his gamers to press more durable and play larger up the pitch however Liverpool’s gamers have been equally vocal when Firmino’s cross hit the raised arm of Kante from shut vary however there was to be no penalty award.
Andy Robertson cleared off the road from Hakim Ziyech after Alisson parried Ben Chilwell’s shot as Chelsea continued to look extra harmful.
Jota’s first contact was a half-chance from a deep cross however he was, understandably, not sharp sufficient to take it.
Werner, in the meantime, was doing the whole lot however rating as Alisson’s leg saved one other shot as he bore down on objective.
Chelsea’s organisation, drilled into them by Thomas Tuchel within the brief time he has been on the membership, served them properly as Liverpool ran down blind alleys, aimed hopeful crosses into the field however usually ran out of concepts.