Frank Lampard was boosted by the return of Kante and Mason Mount as he switched to a back four, while Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp named an unchanged side.
Both sides pressed in the early stages but it was a moment of brilliance from Trent Alexander-Arnold that gave the visitors the lead.
VAR controversy struck again as Liverpool went five points clear at the top of the Premier League with a 2-0 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Cesar Azpilicueta thought he’d leveled the scores after some penalty area pinball, but the goal was chalked off with Mason Mount’s left foot adjudged to have been inching offside in the build-up play.
Mohamed Salah flicked the ball onto his right foot and the full-back lashed his effort into the top corner. Kepa had no chance and Liverpool was in front
Then the Blues had the ball in the net when Azpilicueta bundled home after Liverpool failed to clear. However, the goal was chalked off for offside in the build-up after a VAR check.
As the anecdote goes, Liverpool moved two ahead three minutes later. Another free-kick, whipped in by Robertson, and Firmino with a free header beat Kepa. pretentious marking from Chelsea and swiftly, the deficit was looking defended.
After the single break, Liverpool came out with more attacking intent also got their reward.
Kante ran through the Liverpool defense and curled a stunning effort into the top corner.
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Chelsea: Kepa (7), Azpilicueta (6), Tomori (7), Christensen (4), Emerson (4), Jorginho (6), Kante (8), Kovacic (6), Mount (6), Willian (6), Abraham (6).
Subs: Zouma (6), Alonso (6), Batshuayi (5).
Liverpool: Adrian (7), Alexander-Arnold (8), Matip (8), Van Dijk (8), Robertson (7), Fabinho (6), Henderson (7), Wijnaldum (6), Salah (7), Mane (7), Firmino (8).
Subs: Milner (5), Lallana (n/a), Gomez (n/a).
Man of the Match: Joel Matip.
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