Chelsea 1-2 liverpool Reds stay top continue perfect start Match Analysis and Reactions
Liverpool jumped out to a two-goal lead at Chelsea after just a half an hour on Sunday and held on for a 2-1 win to stay perfect in the Premier League with a 6-0-0 record. Trent Alexander-Arnold scored the opener 14 minutes in before Roberto Firmino's eventual winner came at the half-hour mark, with both goals coming from free kicks.
The Blues still haven't won at home all season. Chelsea finished with 13 shots to Liverpool's six, but Frank Lampard's squad could only put two of them on frame.
Liverpool, meanwhile, was on another level in the first half. The opener was one of the best goals of the season, with Mohamed Salah playing the ball over to Alexander-Arnold, who did this:
Chelsea 1-2 Liverpool: Reds stay top after difficult win at Stamford Bridge
Alexander-Arnold 14′ (assist – Salah)
Firmino 30′ (assist – Robertson)
Liverpool emerged to a chorus of “we are the champions, champions of Europe,” serving as a reminder of both the expectation on them, and the quality that overrides their midweek defeat at Napoli.
The Chelsea fans, meanwhile, unfurled a banner of Real Madrid winger Eden Hazard, and offered up chants of “Ste Gerrard, Gerrard” and “sign on” within the first five minutes.
Gerrard’s heir, Trent Alexander-Arnold, got the visitors off the mark on 14 minutes, and did so emphatically, hammering home a well-worked free-kick, which Sadio Mane won intelligently on the edge of the box.
The Reds dominated on and off the ball, but they were guilty of conceding chances due to their high line, and Adrian was required to bail out his defence with a brilliant one-on-one save to deny Tammy Abraham.
Cesar Azpilicueta thought he had levelled just before the half-hour, but a VAR check after the right-back poked in spotted Mason Mount in an offside position in the buildup.
And punishing this, Liverpool went up the other end soon after and, capitalising on another free-kick, Andy Robertson‘s cross was headed past Kepa Arrizabalaga by Roberto Firmino, and the Reds finished the half two goals up.