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Chelsea v Liverpool (2019-20)
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Chelsea v Liverpool (2019-20).1
HT:0–2
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EventPremier League 2019-20
DateSunday 22 September 2019
VenueStamford Bridge, London
Man of the MatchN'Golo Kante
RefereeMichael Oliver
Attendance40,638
Weather18 °C (65 °F)
Chelsea - Valencia
Liverpool - Napoli
Chelsea - Grimsby Town
Liverpool - MK Dons

Chelsea v Liverpool was a match which took place at the Stamford Bridge on Sunday 22 September 2019.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says his side do not have to compete with Manchester City's style as the two clubs battle at the top of the Premier League.

The Reds were not at their attacking best at Chelsea on Sunday but earned a 2-1 win to maintain their five-point lead over City at the top.

Pep Guardiola's side, meanwhile, swept aside Watford 8-0 on Saturday.

"This type of football not a lot of teams can play," said Klopp.

"But we play in our way, we try to win football games.

"In the end we need to get the points, there is no competition in technical things, it is about the points."

Klopp's title pace-setters looked on course to win in comfort as Trent Alexander-Arnold's magnificent free-kick and Roberto Firmino's header gave them complete control at the interval.

Chelsea, who had been denied an equaliser when Cesar Azpilicueta's close-range effort was ruled out for offside by VAR, were in no mood to capitulate and made Liverpool fight every inch of the way to maintain that perfect record.

Tammy Abraham had chances to increase his tally of seven goals this season, particularly when he was denied by Liverpool keeper Adrian when clean through in the first half, but it was left to N'Golo Kante to set up a grandstand finish with a superb strike with 19 minutes to play.

Liverpool, however, held on, surviving missed chances from Michy Batshuayi and Mason Mount, to take the three points.

"It's a difficult place to come, it's a while ago that we won here. It's a big win," Klopp added.

"The boys did really well, they fought really hard. I don't think there is any other way to win here. It's a big win."

Liverpool remain unstoppable in their Premier League duel with Manchester City after one of those victories all potential champions will need to secure if they are to claim the big prize at the end of the season.

Jurgen Klopp's side have made a habit of unleashing an attacking blitz on opponents in a remarkable run of only one league loss since the start of last season, their winning sequence now extended to 15 games.

This was totally different.

Liverpool may have looked to have been on cruise control with that interval advantage, but Chelsea were always in this game and pressed the league leaders right until the final whistle.

They were far below their best, were more sloppy than usual and on occasions looked jaded - but they still emerged victorious from what is traditionally one of the most hazardous away assignments on the calendar.

Over the course of a long campaign, a season Liverpool will hope will end their 30-year wait for the title, it is victories on days such as this that will be vital, if not more so, than the days when opponents are blown away.

Klopp's delight at the final whistle, in contrast to some of his expressions of fury during the game, said it all.

This was a crucial victory. Liverpool's bandwagon rolls on.

Chelsea have still to win at home in the Premier League and Champions League this season, and no defeat by Liverpool is anything other than an acutely painful experience.

And yet, despite this loss coming hard on the heels of the home defeat by Valencia in their opening Champions League group game, Chelsea manager Frank Lampard will take great comfort and confidence from the performance of his team.

This is a new Chelsea, leaning heavily on youngsters such as Mason Mount, Fikayo Tomori and Abraham, and being built in a new style by Lampard.

When Liverpool went two up through Firmino's header after poor marking at a free-kick, the goal coming moments after Azpilicueta's apparent equaliser had been overruled by VAR, it would have been easy for Chelsea's heads to drop.

Nothing could have been further from the truth as they pressed and pressurised Liverpool until the final whistle before receiving a warm and appreciative ovation from the Chelsea supporters.

Goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga may have kept them in it with a magnificent save from Firmino but Chelsea, driven by the magnificent Kante, were left cursing those late missed opportunities for Batshuayi and Mount that could have earned them a point.

No Chelsea defeat is easy to take, especially against Liverpool, but this was a performance that will give Lampard hope and encouragement.

Match

Details

22 September 2019
16:30 GMT
Chelsea Chelsea FC 1–2 Liverpool FC Liverpool Stamford Bridge, London
Attendance: 40,638
Referee: Michael Oliver
Kanté Soccerball 71' HT:0–2
Report
Alexander-Arnold Soccerball 14'
Firmino Soccerball 30'
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Liverpool
01Kepa Arrizabalaga
28César Azpilicueta
04Andreas ChristensenSub off 42'
29Fikayo TomoriYellow card
33EmersonSub off 15'
07N'Golo Kanté
05Jorginho
17Mateo KovačićYellow card
10Willian
09Tammy AbrahamSub off 77'
19Mason Mount
Substitutes:
03Marcos AlonsoSub on 15'Yellow card
08Ross Barkley
11Pedro
13Willy Caballero
15Kurt ZoumaSub on 42'
22Christian Pulisic
23Michy BatshuayiSub on 77'
Manager:
England Frank Lampard
Chelsea v Liverpool 2019-20
13Adrián
66Trent Alexander-ArnoldYellow card
32Joël Matip
04Virgil van Dijk
26Andrew Robertson
05Georginio Wijnaldum
03FabinhoYellow card
14Jordan HendersonSub off 84'
11Mohamed SalahSub off 90+2'
09Roberto Firmino
10Sadio ManéSub off 71'
Substitutes:
07James MilnerSub on 71'Yellow card
12Joe GomezSub on 90+2'
15Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
20Adam LallanaSub on 84'
23Xherdan Shaqiri
24Rhian Brewster
62Caoimhin Kelleher
Manager:
Germany Jürgen Klopp

Man of the Match:
N'Golo Kante

Assistant referees:
Stuart Burt
Simon Bennett
Fourth official:
Kevin Friend

Match rules

  • 90 minutes, no extra time or penalties.
  • Three points awarded to winner, none to loser.
  • One point awarded to each in the event of a draw.
  • Seven named substitutes
  • Maximum of three substitutions

Match Stats

Overall Chelsea Liverpool
Goals scored 12
Total shots 136
Shots on target 23
Ball possession 55%45%
Corner kicks 64
Fouls committed 813

See also

External links

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