Chelsea 1-2 LIVERPOOL
Liverpool’s winning streak continues. After recently defeating current Premier League Champions Leicester, Liverpool have gone and beaten former Premier League Champions Chelsea at their own ground
The manager didn’t have to change the team up very much from the last time we played but there were a couple of noticeable differences. 1: Roberto Firmino has picked up a groin injury in training recently and could not be included anywhere in the squad. 2:Dejan Lovren had badly injured his eye, but recovered in the last fortnight to get an instant inclusion in the first team upon his recovery. His being a part of this fixture’s starting 11 was important, critical even. He was a major part of achieving our victory.
The first half seemed to be dominated by Liverpool, with two goals scored before half time and no reply from Chelsea until after that break.
Liverpool passed the ball around the pitch, often stopping Chelsea from consistently attacking because they simply couldn’t get a hold of the ball enough to make it up near our penalty area with it. Simon Mignolet was barely troubled at all and when he was needed, he did his job well.
We sprayed the ball around the field and didn’t seem under serious pressure. We were the ones creating pressure mostly. If we weren’t holding the ball up in midfield and keeping it away from our opponents, we were pushing towards the Chelsea goal for a shot to be made by one of our attacking players.
The first goal of the game came just after the first quarter of an hour of play. Ivanovic was tackling quite roughly and gave away a foul. The free kick was taken, the ball went down the left wing and was eventually crossed from there into a player you wouldn’t normally expect to see deep in the opposition’s penalty area – defender Dejan Lovren. He connected with the assist cleanly and finished well from close range to score the first goal of the game. Chelsea 0-1 Liverpool. Lovren deserves a lot of credit here, he’s done so well to recover from a heavily brusied face which impaired his vision in one eye. He certainly saw well enough in this game to make sure he could spot the incoming cross as it happened and then to see where he was going to connect with the ball to accurately put it past the goalkeeper and into the net.
It never really looked like Chelsea would equalise and they never would. Jordan Henderson doubled Liverpool’s lead around the 36th minute when he struck a perfectly placed shot up and over the Chelsea goalkeeper and into the top corner of the net from 25 yards out. It was so beautiful, it will likely be a contender for “goal of the season” (at least from Liverpool players alone even, if not including other Premier League players in the contest).
Liverpool substitute Marko Grujic was simply shocked at Hendo’s ability to display this kind of wonderful football…
Chelsea 0-2 Liverpool
Liverpool had done enough to secure themselves a victory already, though 45 more minutes would have to be played. Diego Costa would pull a single goal back just after the hour mark, but Liverpool didn’t have to do much very differently to make sure it was the only goal Chelsea could claim.
A consistent amount of attacking from Liverpool and clever play which saw us keep the ball away from them, made sure we had what it took to keep our lead and never let it go. The last half hour would go by and Liverpool could claim their three points, moving up to 4th place in the Premier League table. We are now one of only three teams who have claimed 10 points currently (the 1st placed team claimed 12 points).
Man of the Match? Hendo!
Jordan Henderson worked hard for the entire game and his goal will surely be remembered as one of the best (it’s a bit early to be calling it the best already when many more goals are yet to be scored) by the end of the season and beyond. Liverpool fans will likely look back on that moment for years “remember when Hendo curled the ball right over the Chelsea goalkeeper and put it into the top corner of the net from 25 yards? WHAT A GOAL that was!”
Liverpool continue their English League Cup campaign soon as Derby County are to face us.
Hope you all enjoyed this victory and may our success continue as our season goes on. You’ll Never Walk Alone, Anfield Family.
[written by] Stuart Drewery.
I’m an Englishman (born and raised in Liverpool in the 80s). My whole family including my parents and grandparents were Liverpool fans so I was born into being a red.
I’ve seen Liverpool win the league (more than 25 years ago) and I’ve been 100% loyal and committed while supporting the Reds through all the good times AND the bad times since the 80s.