Wastefulness costs Chelsea dearly against clinical title chasers Liverpool.
Chelsea’s impressive run of ten games unbeaten against Liverpool at Anfield ended on Sunday, but it needn’t have been the case.
Staunch defensive work and midfield industriousness kept the home side at bay in the opening exchanges, though at the expense of an attacking outlet.
As it has so often been the case for Chelsea this season, they fell behind soon after the break. Sadio Mane the man to put the ball in the back of the net from a Jordan Henderson cross. Something Chelsea will surely feel was preventable given the Englishman was in unchartered territory.
The situation went bad from worse just minutes later with Mohamed Salah’s providing a double blow in scoring what can only be described as a worldie.
Staring down the barrel of a historic defeat, Chelsea pressed forwards and, really, should have found at least two goals through Eden Hazard. The Belgian missing a one on one opportunity before fluffing a well-calculated ball from Willian into the hands of Alisson.
The doors were shut by Liverpool soon after and ultimately the Blues were made to rue their missed opportunities.
With Hazard featuring in the centre forward position as opposed to his preferred left-wing to make space for prodigy Callum Hudson-Odoi, Sarri may rethink his tactics in the near future to ensure that his side’s ineffectiveness in front of goal is not repeated at Burnley, and Old Trafford.
Our unsung hero from Sunday is the one man Chelsea can always rely on, N’Golo Kante.
The Frenchman was absolutely everywhere at Anfield on Sunday and for good reason. Liverpool are quite the side at home.
We have got to say that the immensity of his performance is made even more impressive by the fact that he got very little help from his teammates Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Jorginho.
Indeed, it is a testament to his work rate and ability that Klopp’s men did not totally dominate the middle of the park and really take the game away when they had the opportunity. He constantly buzzed around the ensure that there were limited transitions between Liverpool’s midfield and forwards, and though Chelsea conceded two in the end, he could hardly be blamed. Especially for Salah’s thunderbolt.
Without him, the scoreline could have been far less complimentary.
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