LIVE: Liverpool vs Chelsea

LIVE: Liverpool vs Chelsea

45′ + 2′ HALF-TIME: LIVERPOOL 0-1 CHELSEA

45′ There will be two minutes of added time.

45′ Salah cuts in from the right flank and curls a cross towards Jones, but the midfielder fails to take it in stride unmarked in the middle.

44′ Mount has three goals in eight Premier League appearances under Thomas Tuchel – he had just two in 18 under Lampard this season.

Chelsea

42′ Kante sends a good ball over the top from the edge of his own box. Mount does the rest with a good run and finish.

Chelsea

42′ GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!! MOUNT SCORES A FINE GOAL!!!! 1-0 CHELSEA!!!! The midfielder does brilliantly on the counter, running across the Liverpool defence before bending a strike into the bottom-right corner. Kante sends a long ball down the left flank for Mount to pursue. He takes a touch inside and beats the attention of Fabinho. Mount lines up a strike and beats Alisson with perfect placement.

40′ Liverpool’s front three that has been so electric over the last two years is struggling to connect of late. This half has epitomised their problems.

38′ BLOCK! Mount offloads for Ziyech in the Liverpool box. The winger swings his boot at a left-footed strike, only to see his effort charged down by Kabak.

37′ Mane is dispossessed by Azpilicueta and wants a free-kick. The referee plays on and Chelsea build an attack. Mount swivels in the box and tries a half-volley on the turn, only to blaze his effort over the bar.

35′ It has been a tense battle in the middle of the park. Both teams are showing a good range of passing tonight.

33′ Liverpool have been sparked into life since their reprieve after Werner’s goal was disallowed. The Reds are still lacking a cutting edge.

31′ Rudiger plays a loose pass straight to Mane, who feeds Salah on the right flank. The Egyptian sends a ball looking for his team-mate in the right inside channel, but the two players are not on the same page.

30′ WIDE! Liverpool work the ball in the final third. Thiago finds Jones in space on the left flank and he cuts inside to shoot from distance, only to curl his effort well wide of the target.

28′ WHAT A MISS! Mane latches on to a ball over the top from Salah, who curls a cross to the back post from the right flank. However, the Senegalese completely misses his kick. It strikes his thigh before rolling through to Mendy.

25′ VAR! Werner believes that he has put Chelsea in front after latching on to a ball over the top from Jorginho and rounding Alisson. However, VAR shows that the German is millimetres offside with his shoulder edging beyond Robertson’s boot. Tight to say the least.

22′ Chelsea are settling into a passing rhythm and there’s nothing the Reds can do to stop them at the moment. It’s a grind for Klopp and his men out there.

20′ Mount surges forward down the left and offloads to Werner in the left inside channel. The German sends a low ball across the face of goal, but there is no blue shirt there to connect with the opportunity in the middle.

19′ Chelsea are working their way on top in the contest as Liverpool are struggling to retain possession.

17′ OVER! Azpilicueta is teed up by James on the edge of the box and pulls the trigger on a powerful strike that he blazes over the bar.

16′ CHANCE! Werner latches on to a ball over the top from Azpilicueta and has to stretch to connect with a strike. However, he does not quite get enough on his strike and it allows Alisson to produce a comfortable save.

15′ Jorginho sports James in acres of space on the right flank, but his cutback into the box is poor, missing a wide open Mount on the edge of the box.

14′ James lunges in on Mane and brings down the forward. Liverpool get the free-kick just inside the Chelsea half, but there’s no further punishment for the England man.

11′ OVER! Werner controls a ball over the top from Chilwell perfectly on the edge of the box. He takes a touch to get half a yard on Fabinho, but he drills his effort on the half-volley just over the bar.

10′ Jones tries to float a ball over the top for Mane to chase, but it zips off the surface and into the hands of Mendy.

9′ Mane almost draws a foul from Christensen in the box, but the Dane just does not make enough contact to send the Senegalese to the deck. Mane tries to keep the ball alive in the right inside channel, but he’s forced backwards.

7′ WIDE! Robertson collects in an advanced position and offloads to Salah in space on the edge of the box. The forward returns the ball to the Scot to line up a strike on his left foot, but he pulls his effort wide of the right post.

6′ Mendy has to race off his line to clear a clipped ball over the top from Alexander-Arnold away from Salah.

4′ There’s not a lot of space out there for the two teams. Both sides are being closed down in possession quickly across the pitch.

2′ James tries to release Werner down the right flank, but the German is flagged offside as he sends a low cross into the box.

1′ We’re underway at Anfield.

Chelsea have lost their last two away league games against Liverpool, last losing more consecutively at Anfield between September 1992 and October 1997 (6).

Chelsea have made three changes to their side from their goalless draw against Manchester United. James slots into the side at wing-back in place of Hudson-Odoi. Jorginho starts in the midfield ahead of Kovacic. Werner gets the nod to start in the final third as Giroud drops to the bench.

Liverpool welcome back Alisson between the posts after he missed the win over Sheffield United after the death of his father. Adrian drops to the bench as a result. Fabinho also returns from injury to replace Nathaniel Phillips in the Liverpool backline.

CHELSEA SUBS: Kepa Arrizabalaga, Marcos Alonso, Christian Pulisic, Kurt Zouma, Mateo Kovacic, Olivier Giroud, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Kai Havertz, Emerson.

CHELSEA (3-4-3): Edouard Mendy; Cesar Azpilicueta, Andreas Christensen, Antonio Rudiger; Reece James, N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Ben Chilwell; Mason Mount, Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner.

LIVERPOOL SUBS: James Milner, Naby Keita, Adrian, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Diogo Jota, Xherdan Shaqiri, Divock Origi, Rhys Williams, Neco Williams.

LIVERPOOL (4-3-3): Alisson; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Ozan Kabak, Andrew Robertson; Thiago, Georginio Wijnaldum, Curtis Jones; Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino. 

Chelsea have been solid under Thomas Tuchel, stringing together a 10-match unbeaten run in all competitions. The Blues drew 0-0 against Manchester United last time out, a result that did not help either team in their ambitions this term. Tuchel’s men begin the evening two points off the pace of the top four and need to start stringing together victories to push themselves back into position.

Liverpool halted a run of four-straight Premier League defeats last time out by beating Sheffield United 2-0 at Bramall Lane. A strike from Curtis Jones along with an own goal from Kean Bryan were enough to stop the rot for Jurgen Klopp’s men. The Merseysiders now have the chance to propel themselves back into contention for a Champions League place in a crucial showdown against the Blues.

Good evening and welcome to the live commentary of the Premier League clash between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield.

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