Chelsea 1-2 Liverpool: 3 Reasons why the Reds won against the Blues | Premier League 2019/20
Liverpool secured a hard fought 2-1 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge with Trent Alexander-Arnold and Roberto Firmino netting for Jurgen Klopp's side. The win saw Liverpool re-establish their five point lead at the top of the Premier League over Manchester City, who demolished Watford 8-0.
The first half saw Liverpool control the tempo of the game, in which the front three of Mohammed Salah, Firmino and Sadio Mane exploited the gaps left in between Chelsea's midfield and defence.
The visitors deservedly took the lead in the 14th minute through Alexander-Arnold's free kick. And, Jurgen Klopp's side doubled their lead in the 30th minute through Firmino.
Chelsea found their goal in the 27th minute cancelled out via VAR, as replays saw Mason Mount stray offside in the build up to Cesar Azpilicueta's strike.
Roles were reversed in the second half as Chelsea dominated for major periods, making life difficult for the Reds, especially after N'Golo Kante pulled one back for the hosts in the 71st minute.
Liverpool held on for the win, thereby securing their sixth straight victory of the campaign. Without wasting any time, let us take a look at the three reasons why Liverpool came out triumphant at the Bridge.
#3 Liverpool punish a shaky Chelsea rearguard with two clinical strikes
Chelsea boss, Frank Lampard opted to approach the game with a back four of Azpilicueta, Andreas Christensen, Fikayo Tomori and Emerson, against Liverpool's front three of Salah, Firmino and Mane. The initial exchanges of the game were dominated by Liverpool, who looked to exploit the spaces left between Chelsea's midfield and defence.
The likes of Fabinho, Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum could comfortably play in between the lines and find Salah and Mane, who looked to run behind the Chelsea rearguard.
The 26th minute saw Fabinho pick up the ball and drive past Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic, only to pick out the Senegalese forward, who was brought down by Christensen on the edge of the penalty box.
The ensuing free-kick was smashed with great aplomb into the right hand top corner by Alexander-Arnold.
Chelsea were unlucky to see Azpilicueta's strike scrapped off by VAR, which saw Mason Mount stray offside in the build up. Liverpool heaped more misery and took a 2-0 lead through Roberto Firmino, three minutes after their goal was cancelled by VAR.
The first half saw Liverpool attack with intent they created plenty of opportunities. After the restart though, Chelsea found their rhythm and probed Liverpool's back four and pulled a goal back through Kante.
The Blues were unlucky to not equalize in the second half due to some fine saves from Adrian or due to their own inability to remain poised in front of goal.
The major reason that saw Liverpool secure the win was their ability to bag two quick goals within half an hour and Chelsea's profligacy in front of it.