Chelsea 1-2 Liverpool: Reds survive late onslaught to snatch three points

Liverpool had to dig in deep to hold on to victory as Chelsea pushed and pushed until the dying embers of the Premier League clash, but held on to record a 2-1 victory at Stamford Bridge.

The Reds were in complete control for the first half and strolled into the lead courtesy of goals from Trent Alexander-Arnold and Roberto Firmino, but were pegged back after the break by a superb solo effort from N’Golo Kanté.

Frank Lampard’s men were in the ascendancy, but the Merseysiders had enough in the tank to keep them at bay and record yet another victory in the league.

Liverpool took the lead after only 15 minutes through a moment of individual brilliance. Mohamed Salah rolled a free-kick into the past of Alexander-Arnold, who crashed the ball into the top corner from 25 yards. Kepa Arrizabalaga had no chance.

Soon after, Tammy Abraham raced clear of the visitors’ defence and bore down on Adrián’s goal, but the Spaniard stood firm to deny the Blues’ top scorer.

César Azpilicueta thought he had the equaliser for the hosts after calamitous defending allowed the Spain international to nip in and poke the ball beyond his compatriot, but the subsequent VAR check showed that Mason Mount had received the ball in an offside position in the build up.

Instead, the Reds went down the other end and doubled the lead. Andy Robertson crossed a free-kick from the left and Roberto Firmino found himself with an acre of space to rise and nod past Kepa.

The barrage continued straight after the break, as the Chelsea goalkeeper was called into action and forced to produce an excellent stop to deny Firmino’s volley from a corner.

But it would be Chelsea who found the back of the net next to halve the deficit. N’Golo Kanté was given far too much room on the edge of the penalty area with 20 minutes to go, and the Frenchman made the most of it by dancing through the Liverpool defence and placing the ball surgically into the top corner.

Chelsea continued to hound the visitors during the final stages of the game, but Jürgen Klopp’s side survived the onslaught to preserve their perfect Premier League record so far this season.

The Carabao Cup is the next port of call as the Reds hit the road again on Wednesday to take on MK Dons in what will be the first ever meeting between the sides.

Don Kopleone

Scouse, not Sicilian.

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