Although not at their best, Liverpool extended their winning start to the Premier League season to six games after defeating Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Despite N’Golo Kante giving the home side hope after firing past Adrian, deputising for the injured Alisson, but Jurgen Klopp’s side managed to hold on to victory to maintain their perfect start to the season and five point advantage at the top of the table ahead of second placed Manchester city.
The Reds started superbly against and deservedly went ahead thanks to an excellent free-kick from Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Chelsea, who lost Emerson and Andreas Christensen to injury early on, thought they had levelled through skipper Cesar Azpilicueta but VAR deemed Mason Mount to be offside in the build-up.
Moments later, the Reds doubled their lead when Roberto Firmino headed in unmarked from an Andy Robertson cross.
N’Golo Kante did get Chelsea back in it with a fine solo goal but Frank Lampard’s side were unable to find a leveller as they were beaten for the first time since the opening day.
Here are five talking points from Stamford Bridge:
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Liverpool’s win in the late kick-off on Sunday made it six wins from six Premier League games for Jurgen Klopp’s side looking for an elusive first league title win in 30 years . Their perfect start to the new season carries on the Merseyside club’s winning streak towards the back end of the 2018/19 campaign, meaning Liverpool have now won 15 top-flight games in a row.
Victory at Stamford Bridge ensures Klopp’s side stay 5 points ahead of Manchester City despite Pep Guardiola’s men thrashing Watford 8-0 yesterday. Liverpool have now scored 42 goals in their 15 match game winning streak, hitting the back of the net at least twice in all of those games.
Such clinical form in front of goal means sides have to score at least three times to have a chance of claiming all three points, and with the likes of Virgil Van Dijk and Joel Matip in Liverpool’s defence the prospect is very unlikely.
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If Trent Alexander-Arnold starts regularly adding goals to his game, he will estbalish himself as a truly formidable opponent and one of the best full-backs on the planet. His crossing ability is outstanding, but he is equally capable at picking out a corner of the net with ease too.
This was seen of Sunday afternoon, excellently striking the ball into the top corner from a free kick just outside the box. He enjoyed a superb outing at Stamford Bridge, covering ground up and down the right flank, doing his defensive duties well and causing the Blues defence trouble in attack
Only 20, there should be far more to come from Alexander-Arnold and is certainly capable of becoming one of the most potent attacking full-backs the Premier League has witnessed, a very daunting prospect for the rest of the division.
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Frank Lampard’s men are still yet to claim three points at Stamford Bridge this season. Chelsea played well in the second half aginst Liverpool constantly putting Klopp’s side under pressure and scoring a great goal through the excellent Kante.
However, the damage was already done in the first period, and their poor defending, especially for Firmino’s goal, highlighted how fragile Lampard’s rearguard is. Already failing to beat Sheffield United and Leicester in West London this season, their defeat to Liverpool will continue to concern Lampard, who knows his side must improve defensively if they are to be genuinie contenders to secure a Champions League spot this season.
Chelsea now sit 11th in the table, not a position they would have desired to be in at this stage in the season. Although, the home fans at the Bridge would have been encouraged by several aspects of their team’s performance though and on another day they could have snatched a point.
If Lampard is going to secure a top four finish and attain Champions League football then he is going to need to amend Chelsea’s poor early season home form.
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It has, unquestionably, been an excellent start to the season for Tammy Abraham, with the 21 year old Englishman deservedly receiving many plaudits recently for his goal scoring exploits this season, already scoring seven goals already, including a ruthless, clinical hat-trick away at Wolves.
However, he is still inexperienced at this level and still in the process of improving his game. He will have off days, and this was one of them. The man who bagged 25 goals on loan at Aston Villa last season missed a fairly simple one-on-one in the first half and failed to convert a couple of half chances after the break.
But his positional awareness, his ability to sniff out chances remained impressive and was not completely nullified by Virgil van Dijk, as some predicted he might be. Abraham still has plenty of room to improve, then, but he is still developing as a forward and should take plenty of heart from this perfomance.
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The brilliant Brazilian scored his third goal of the season in his ninth game, to go with his tally of five assists in all competitions. The former Hoffenheim has become an integral part of Jurgen Klopp’s side and arguably the most invauable piece of the famed front three. There are few, if any, other strikers in the world prepared or able to do the job that Firmino carries out for the team. His unselfishness, work-rate and pressing is second to none and pivotal to the way the former Dortmund coach sets out his Liverpool side.
Firmino drops deep between the lines, either dragging a centre-back with him consequently creating space in behind for the likes of Saido Mane and Mo Salah to attack, or finds himself in space with which he has the talent and skill to exploit.
He has become a crucial player in Klopp’s side, with nobody else within the squad able to replicate what Firmino does for the team, and Liverpool fans will be hoping he can remain fit as they seek a first league title in 30 years.