Blues win at Anfield for the first time since 2014, inflicting Liverpool’s fifth straight home defeat
Mason Mount scored a superb winner as Chelsea triumphed at Anfield for the first time since 2014, inflicting Liverpool’s fifth straight home defeat and climbing into the top four.
The Blues were the more dangerous side from the start, with Timo Werner twice going close early on and then having a goal overturned for offside after a Video Assistant Referee review.
Instead, it was Mount who gave Chelsea their deserved lead in the 42nd minute, cutting inside from the left corner of the box and whipping a clinical finish into the bottom right corner.
The visitors continued to threaten after the break, with Ben Chilwell forcing a save from Alisson and Hakim Ziyech’s follow-up being blocked on the line by Andrew Robertson.
Liverpool’s Diogo Jota made his return from injury after a three-month lay-off, but the Reds finished the match with just one attempt on target, while it took another Alisson save to stop Werner making it 2-0.
Chelsea, who are unbeaten in their 10 matches under Thomas Tuchel in all competitions, leapfrog West Ham United and Everton. Liverpool drop to seventh.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said:
“The individual quality of Mason Mount that made the difference. You can say it was good defending but with all the possession we had you need to have more chances. Everything was really good until the final pass. Unfortunately we cannot say it is only at home. It is in general, too often. It is a massive blow. It is not done yet. We have to win football games”
Premier League pundit Tim Sherwood said:
“What Thomas Tuchel has done to Chelsea is get them organised. With the three at the back and the wing-backs, they look so solid at the back. And he got his tactics spot on. He knew Liverpool were going to play a high line and he used the pace of Timo Werner to expose that perfectly.”
Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel said :
“We had courage with the ball; we had moments when we needed to suffer but we never lost the attitude. It was a deserved win, a big performance and a big result. When you play at Anfield you cannot overthink; we told the players we needed them to do the same things but at the highest level, and we did this excellently”