Chelsea 1-2 Liverpool, Premier League: Post-match reaction

Chelsea started well enough against Liverpool and even played well enough on the whole, but bad luck and bad set-piece defending undid anything positive, especially in the first half.

The Blues were so close to ending Liverpool’s winning run but they were let down by what’s becoming their greatest weakness.

Chelsea reacted great and should’ve adjusted when Abraham disclosed the offside trap. But instead of making the simple square pass for Mount to tap in, went for it alone and hit Adrian’s thigh instead of the back of the net.

Post-match press conference with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp following their 2-1 win against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League. Liverpool made Premier League history as they extended their winning run to 15 games with a 2-1 success at Chelsea. Goals from Trent Alexander-Arnold and Roberto Firmino saw the Reds become the first side in the Premier League era to win their opening six games in consecutive seasons.

On the result and the performance of his team….

Really very good in moments,  I would say, in periods. Chelsea had their moments. Of course, because they are just a good team. Two wonderful goals, a lot of brilliant pressing situations where we won the ball in the perfect space but then we didn’t use the ball and that situation well enough; we could have had much [more] chances in these situations. After half-time, two big chances, could have been three and four, but we didn’t score so it was clear the game was still open and when Kante scored his wonderful goal then it was clear ‘game on, let’s go for it’. Chelsea did that, we had to defend it and that’s a job to do. It is a difficult place to come, it is a while ago we won here, so it feels big, to be honest. It’s a big one.

With Liverpool looking fairly happy to settle for the 2-0 win, getting warned and cautioned for time-wasting even, Chelsea kept to the task at hand, and were eventually rewarded with a tremendous Kanté individual effort and finish to halve the deficit.

Unfortunately, a second goal, despite waves and waves of attacks, was not meant to be, confirming Liverpool’s win — Batshuayi, Mount both missing glorious chances in the final few minutes.

Player Ratings

Starting XI: Kepa (6); Azpilicueta (6), Christensen (5), Tomori (6), Emerson (5); Kante (6), Jorginho (6), Kovacic (5); Willian (6), Abraham (6), Mount (6)

Subs: Zouma (6), Alonso (5), Batshuayi (6)

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