Premier League 2019/20, Chelsea 1-2 Liverpool: 5 Hits and Flops
- Five hits and flops, as Liverpool continued their 100% Premier League winning record to start 2019/20 with a hard-fought win over Chelsea.
#5 Flop: Georginio Wijnaldum
Wijnaldum made his sixth successive league start against a Chelsea side there for the taking, but failed to really impose himself on a match that could've swung either way in the end. While Fabinho and to a lesser extent Jordan Henderson were regularly involved, the experienced Dutch international was rather quiet and took more of a backseat role than his midfield teammates.
The fact you didn't really notice he was playing for sustained periods was worrying enough as he hovered around without doing much. Although his influence grew once Liverpool took the lead, again he appeared rather isolated and failed to provide adequate defensive support as their hosts were much improved after the break.
Although the blame was on Fabinho in the build-up to Kante's strike, the Brazilian was actively shouting for support from his teammates after being beaten too easily by the Frenchman. Wijnaldum was nowhere to be seen and didn't sense danger often enough.
Overall, it was a frustrating display but will quietly give Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and the returning Naby Keita confidence they can take advantage and stake their claim for a starting berth.Published 23 Sep 2019, 06:40 IST