Chelsea 1-Liverpool 2 -Match Review


LIVERPOOL Starting XI (4-3-3): Mignolet, Clyne, Matip, Lovren, Milner, Lallana, Henderson(c), Wijnaldum, Mane, Sturridge, Coutinho.
Subs: Karius, Grujic, Moreno, Lucas, Origi, Stewart, Ejaria.

Chelsea Starting XI: Courtois; Ivanovic (c), Cahill, David Luiz, Azpi; Kante; Willian, Oscar, Matic, Hazard; Costa

Away from home Liverpool had taken 4 points out of a possible 9; they’d also scored 5 and conceded 6 so today’s match was to be about proving the recent momentum and showing our consistency both home and away. Klopp’s rival today wouldn’t want to follow the script unless forced to by an astounding Liverpool display against a solid Chelsea side.
Firmino was off the play log due to a knock he picked up while taking Leicester to the cleaner’s last outing and Lovren was back and looking ready to take charge of the back-line after the black eye incident.

It took just one minute for the visitors to show their intent with a solid build-up leading to a fine assist by Nathaniel Clyne with a cross releasing Wijnaldum for the strike at goal but needed more killer instinct to worry Chelsea’s Courtois.

Too much energy, pressing, and width from the Reds had Chelsea losing rhythm and getting pegged down in their own half for much the starting 15 minutes with the home fans looking unsettled and 2nd homecoming recruit, David Luiz, working overtime to keep the Reds from breaching Chelsea defenses.

Judging from the our last match, the pressure was only going to get tougher to handle and as sure as the sands on the seashore, Klopp’s men took the lead, deservedly, when Milner laid it off for Coutinho on the left, and the Brazilian sent in an absolutely superb cross in towards the far post where it was met by Lovren’s terrific volley leaving Courtois with no chance at the far post. GOAL!

There was to be no respite as the Reds smelled blood (figuratively and literally as David Luiz bled a bit from a clash of heads with Mane) and sought to twist the knife into a nervy looking Chelsea side that weren’t too used to being bossed like this, certainly not at Stamford Bridge.

Liverpool’s second came in similar remarkable fashion in the 35th minute this time from an outstanding strike from our skipper, Jordan Henderson, who latched on to a stray clearance and from just under 30 yards out got the auld onion bag shaking with a stunning curling effort into the far corner. Amazing strike had it all – power and dip to leave Courtois and Chelsea’s back-line red-faced, sending a usually riotous Stamford Bridge stadium as quiet as an empty room with the only noises coming from Liverpool supporters – what a time to be alive!

After going in for the halftime break in confident fashion, Liverpool came out in the second half looking to sure up their back-line’s performance, keeping every Chelsea attack at bay. They did so until about half an hour of game left when Liverpool’s midfield seemed to clock out momentarily allowing Matic to roam freely, scaled a tackle from Matip before cutting the ball back to Costa who made no mistake in giving his team a shot at a point with a simple finish but remarkable awareness to get into that area.
Tense times had the Reds looking to come out of the Bridge with 3 points a bit scathed but with the win intact and substitute Divock Origi could have washed away the nerves with a glorious chance but sent his header from 6yards straight at Courtois.
It was a tough storm to weather but we did it containing every Chelsea attack until the final whistle and keeping Klopp with his perfect record at Stamford Bridge.

Player Ratings
Mignolet—— 6.5/10: Lovren and Matip really made it a good day at the office for our goalie leaving him with very little to do.

Clyne ————-7.8/10: Solid upfront and did very well going against Eden Hazard. Fine display.

Lovren, Matip———- 8/10: These two played confident and composed; amazing strike by Lovren to get Liverpool on the board and resilient defending to keep Mignolet from making any critical saves.

Milner 7.9/10:———– This man is turning out to be reliability personified with his display today. Hopefully he stays injury-free and progressing as the season goes on.

Henderson—— 9.3/10: Sent in a 30yard bolt-cutter and a potential goal of the season. Covered up for the momentary hiccup that led to Chelsea getting within a goal for a point.

Lallana———— 7/10: Remarkable performance, kept Chelsea guessing.

Mane——- 7.5/10: Without a doubt a brilliant performance, would have needed a goal to make all those runs into Chelsea’s final third sting but all-round played a significant role in making the Blues lose a lot of rhythm.

Coutinho ———-7/10: Had some excellent touches on the ball, got the assist for the first goal with that quality delivery but faded ever so slightly as the match progressed.

Sturridge—- 7/10: Was a constant threat with his quick feet and remarkable interplay but needs to stamp his authority as Liverpool’s danger-man in future encounters.

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