Liverpool come off victorious in a thoroughly entertaining game at Stamford Bridge. Lovren and Henderson put the visitors 2-0 up in the first half before Diego Costa pulled one back for the hosts. Some solid defending combined with the awful performance of some Chelsea players made it easy for Liverpool to walk away with the 3 points. They now move up to 4th place but can come down to 8th if the teams below them manage to win over the weekend.
Liverpool were off to a brilliant start at Stamford Bridge tonight with a wave of attacks right from kick off. The shots kept on coming in only for Courtois to push them all away. Chelsea managed to have their first shot on target only in the 21st minute and with the Liverpool defenders being rock solid at the back, it made it even more difficult for Hazard and Willian to find ways through. The deadlock was finally broken by Lovern thanks to some awful man marking by Chelsea in the box. He and 3 others were left unmarked as a Coutinho cross came in and the Liverpool center back slotted home with ease. Henderson then stunned the home crowd with an absolute stunner from 25 yards out. There are literally no words to describe that goal. An absolute beauty.
Chelsea woke up in the 2nd half and tried their best to come back into the game. Finally, a magical run by Matic got the Liverpool defense off guard and he managed to set it up for an easy finish for Diego Costa. The game opened up from then and it looked like it could go either way but brilliant defending from the Liverpool players ensured that the Anfield club left Stamford Bridge with all 3 points.
90 +3' Hazard tries to put the ball into box but Lucas clears it away!
90 +2' Corner to Chelsea and EVERYONE is in the box apart from Courtois!
89' Fabregas is the one who takes it and it's straight at the wall.
89' Chelsea have a free kick is a very very promising position and it's Fabregas and David Luiz over the ball.
88' Diego Costa wriggles in the box with the ball but is unable to shoot or pass. It's finally cleared away by Liverpool.
87' Victor Moses whips in a low ball but it's not found a Chelsea player waiting in the box. Cleared away.
86' Fabregas tries to find Hazard with a long ball but it's cleared away for a throw-in by Clyne.
84' Liverpool try to keep the ball near the Chelsea D box but Wijnaldum is called offside.
82' Henderson's corner is cleared by Costa and Chelsea make making their way forward now. But Liverpool yet again manage to break it up.
81' Origi with a brilliant header but Courtois pulled off a world class save outta nowhere to deny him!
80' Pedro is coming on for Chelsea as well.
79' Coutinho has a shot at goal and it's somehow deflected by Gary Cahill.
78' Looks like Lucas will be coming on for Liverpool soon.
77' Looked like a clear hand ball from David Luiz but none of the officials saw it.
75' Is someone from the Chelsea bench reading this live blog? As soon as I said that no Chelsea players were warming up, ALL of them have been sent to get ready.
73' Surprisingly, NO Chelsea player is still warming up!
72' Liverpool have a great chance to make it 3-1 after Origi skipped past David Luiz but he puts the ball to Mane who'
s clearly in an offside position.
70' The corner is easily collected by Courtois and launches a counter attack with a superb throw to Hazard who sweeps forward. Tries to pass it to Willian but Milner steps in between and clears the ball brilliantly.
69' Free kick to Liverpool few yards outside the penalty box and it's headed behind for a corner by Ivanovic.
Update on the board from Geoff Shreeves and he says the board is fine and should be back displaying the ads very soon.
66' Kante slips and goes right into the advertising board. He's back up but I hope the board is not broken.
65' Brilliant opportunity for Costa but his shot on the turn is right at Mignolet who fumbles but catches it on the 2nd attempt.
63' free kick to Chelsea in a promising position but Mignolet punches the ball away and catches Ivanovic in the face as well.
61' Matic makes a brilliant run into the box and keeps the ball at his feet as the Liverpool players slide past him. He chips the ball to the striker and he makes no mistake in slotting it home. Chelsea 1-2 Liverpool.
59' Finally a good move by Chelsea involving Matic, Oscar and Costa but the Brazilian midfielder's shot is blocked by Milner.
57' Chelsea appeal for a foul on Ivanovic and there is a clear contact but just not enough for the ref to give a foul.
56' Oscar tries to cross the ball in finally and it's blocked off for a throw-in.
55' Chelsea dominating the possession but there is no end product at all.
54' Costa tries to move in but is stopped by Lovren and Milner. The Liverpool defenders have been absolutely brilliant today!
53' No success in the counter as Kante keeps Clyne at bay.
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