Klopp’s men withstand late pressure to maintain perfect start

Klopp’s men withstand late pressure to maintain perfect start

Liverpool maintained their 100% record in the Premier League this season after a 2-1 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday 22 September. 

Liverpool was to take a 14th-minute lead through Trent Alexander Arnold. After earning a free-kick outside the home side box, Salah took the free-kick, dragging his studs over the ball to move it a few yards to the side. That created just enough space for Arnold, who hit a booming curler into the far corner.

Chelsea woes turned from bad to worse when a minute later coach Frank Lampard was forced to bring in Marcos Alonso for the injured Emerson but Liverpool were still the team under control.

Chelsea, however, had a good chance of restoring parity in the 25th minute when striker Tammy Abraham found himself with only Adrian to beat but he shot straight at the keeper. The home side then celebrated what seemed like an equalizer from defender Azpilicueta but the goal was overruled by VAR.

Even before the dust could settle after the VAR saga, Liverpool doubled their lead. Robertson curled over a free-kick from the left, and Firmino got in between Alonso and Christensen to head past Kepa from six yards.

Injuries to Chelsea

The half was to end with Chelsea making another defensive change with Kourt Zouma coming in to replace Christensen who seemed to have picked a knock in an earlier challenge.

Chelsea hard work was to pay in the 71st minute when Ngolo Kante took matters into his own hands to reduce the arrears. The Frenchman turned away from Fabinho and scurried towards the edge of the area, went past three Liverpool players converged before pulling a rising shot that beat Adrian and flew into the top corner.

In order to boost their attack, Lampard was to withdraw Abraham for Batshuayi in the 77th minute but despite late pressure from the home side, Liverpool held on to maintain their perfect start to the Premier League this season.

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