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Full-time: Chelsea 1-2 Liverpool

  • Dejan Lovren scored the opening goal for the Reds, taking advantage of some lax marking from Chelsea.
  • Jordan Henderson produced a stunner to double Liverpool's lead before the half-time whistle.
  • Diego Costa pulled one back for Chelsea, but they could not find an equaliser late on.

Full-time: Chelsea 1-2 Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp's Reds deservedly take all three points at the Bridge, having played some really eye-catching stuff in the first half.

Chelsea got back into it through Diego Costa, but in truth, they didn't do enough to find an equaliser. Antonio Conte's balloon is, temporarily at least, burst.

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Jordan Henderson celebrates
Jordan Henderson celebrates Getty Images

Lucas commits a foul on the edge of the box... but Cesc hits it straight into the wall. That was very poor.

Meanwhile, the Reds are making a change: Wijnaldum makes way for Stewart. We're into added time now.

Chelsea are pushing for an equaliser, but there's not a huge amount of conviction in their play. I must say, it'd be unfair on Liverpool if they don't win this game, because they've been by far the better team.

As an aside, this has been another great advert for the Premier League. What it may lack in terms of quality, it makes up for in terms of excitement and sheer competitiveness.

Diego Costa
Diego Costa challenges for the ball at Stamford Bridge Getty Images

Too little too late? We're about to find out...

Origi almost makes it 3-1 for Liverpool. The Belgian gets his head on a deflected cross from Milner - but he puts it too close to Courtois, who just palms it away.

Meanwhile, Coutinho has made way for Lucas. Chelsea are poised to make a triple substitution. At last.

Sadio Mane
Sadio Mane keeps a defender at bay Getty Images

Seems as though Antonio Conte and I are having the same thoughts regarding changes. Time is running out for the Italian, who had made an impressive start to life in English football prior to tonight.

Liverpool appear to have regained their composure after a few worrying minutes. Still, Chelsea are one moment of magic away from restoring parity.

Eden Hazard
Eden Hazard scraps for the ball Getty Images

Chelsea have Cesc Fabregas, among others, waiting on the bench to make an impact. Less than 20 minutes to go at the Bridge now.

Liverpool win a freekick on the left. But on this occasion, Ivanovic - who has generally been poor this evening - gets a good defensive block on the ball. Chelsea survive and the end-to-end action can continue.

Diego Costa celebrates his goal
Diego Costa celebrates his goal Getty Images

We're poised for a grandstand finish now, especially because Liverpool appear to be so vulnerable at the back. They have been by far the better side so far this evening, but are fragile-looking at the back, which makes for a fascinating contest.

Chelsea defender Gary Cahill
Chelsea defender Gary Cahill Getty Images

And within moments, Costa almost draws Chelsea level! Oscar nods the ball onto the Spaniard, who has time to take a touch, but he then blasts the ball straight at the keeper.

Liverpool are starting to tremble a bit now. What a turnaround.

Nemanja Matic wins the ball
Nemanja Matic wins the ball Getty Images

GOAL: Chelsea 1-2 Liverpool (Costa)

A lifeline for the Blues! Costa is, of course, the goalscorer - the Spaniard pokes the ball home after a good run and cut-back by Matic down the left flank.

And out of nowhere, Chelsea have an undeserved glimmer of hope.

The managers watch the goal
The managers watch the goal from the sidelines Getty Images

A sustained period of Chelsea pressure ends when Ivanovic goes down under pressure from James Milner. The Serb pleads for a penalty but nothing is doing.

Anyway, Liverpool have made their first change of the game. Sturridge makes way for Origi.

Daniel Sturridge
Daniel Sturridge (right) in action before he was subbed Getty Images

Antonio Conte needs to make a change soon. We've played ten minutes of the second half and though Chelsea have improved, another Liverpool goal still feels more likely.

James Milner wins the ball
James Milner wins the ball Getty Images

Perhaps the biggest surprise so far this evening has been the obvious disparity in terms of athleticism and aggression. The Reds just seemed to be a yard quicker all of the time - and they'll be confident of creating more chances on the counter-attack in the second half given the pace in their side.

David Luiz watches on
David Luiz watches on Getty Images

Chelsea are, finally, trying to apply a little bit of pressure on the Liverpool backline. Willian, Oscar and Costa have all been involved in the early stages of this half, even though they've yet to fashion a chance.

N'Golo Kante
N'Golo Kante tries to win the ball for Chelsea Getty Images

Oscar appears to have moved a bit closer to Costa, who was isolated throughout the first half and was keen to verbalise his frustration.

James Milner
James Milner clears the ball upfield Getty Images

The teams are back out at the Bridge. What do the next 45 minutes have in store? More Liverpool dominance? Or a classic Chelsea comeback? Here we go...

No changes, surprisingly.

Half-time: Chelsea 0-2 Liverpool

The Reds have been brilliant; the Blues have been woeful.

Liverpool lead by two and it could have been more. Antonio Conte must consider a change at the break or this could become painful for the Italian and the Chelsea fans.

Jordan Henderson celebrates
Jordan Henderson celebrates at Stamford Bridge Getty Images

Antonio Conte has a big team talk on his hands at the break. Liverpool look sharper, more skillful and more determined in the opening 45 minutes.

Somehow, Conte needs to find a way to get Costa and Hazard in the game, because they're passengers at the minute.

Jordan Henderson's strike finds the net
Jordan Henderson's strike finds the net Getty Images

That really was a special striker from Jordan Henderson, who found the only part of the goal that Courtois could not reach. That is a goal of the month contender, for sure.

Less than five minutes to go until the break and Liverpool are in total control as it stands.

Diego Costa cuts a frustrated figure
Diego Costa cuts a frustrated figure Getty Images

GOAL: Chelsea 0-2 Liverpool (Henderson)

The skipper makes it 2-0 with a stunning goal! From miles, miles out on the left side, Jordan Henderson finds the very top corner to send Jurgen Klopp into a full on fist-pumping mode.

What. A. Goal.

Clyne gives away a freekick in a potentially dangerous area. Willian, who is something of a setpiece specialist, sends the ball over and finds David Luiz in the middle, but his countryman is flagged offside.

Chelsea are edging their way back into the match, though.

Sadio Mane
Sadio Mane on the ball for Liverpool Getty Images

Chelsea appear to have a glimmer of an opening after Luiz finds Matic with a header, but the Serb is flagged offside.

Luiz seems to be fine to continue, by the way, despite suffering a bloodied nose earlier in the game.

David Luiz
David Luiz on his Stamford Bridge return Getty Images

More than 30 minutes have been played and Diego has hardly touched the ball. Antonio Conte must be a worried man.

Liverpool players celebrate their goal
Liverpool players celebrate their goal Getty Images

For Liverpool, you fancy that if they can find the right ball in the final third, they could find a second goal before too long. Chelsea, on the other hand, appear a little punch drunk. It's quite similar to the recent Manchester derby, in fact, with the Reds playing the role of Pep Guardiola's Blues.

Liverpool are all over Chelsea still. The Reds' latest attack sees Sturridge go flying up the left side, he then performs a number of stepovers before blasting the ball wide of the upright.

As I say, though, it's a case of attack (Liverpool) versus defence (Chelsea) for the time being.

Dejan Lovren
Dejan Lovren opens the scoring at Stamford Bridge Getty Images

David Luiz has taken a nasty-looking bang in the face. The Brazilian appears to have butted the back of Mane's head during an aerial challenge.

It's one-way stuff at the Bridge for the moment. Antonio Conte is going absolutely mad on the touchline - and it's the Liverpool fans who are making all of the noise.

Georginio Wijnaldum
Georginio Wijnaldum on the ball for Liverpool Getty Images

That was a mess from a Chelsea viewpoint. There were literally three Liverpool players stood unmarked at the back post.

And based on the opening 20 minutes, Liverpool have been much the better side - and deserve their lead.

Willian is tackled
Willian is tackled Getty Images

GOAL: Chelsea 0-1 Liverpool (Lovren)

Liverpool have the goal their play has deserved! Lovren finds the net with a cushioned finished from a left-sided cross.

That's his first Premier League goal for the Reds, and what a place to do it.

Having said that Antonio Conte will be furious, because the marking was woeful. Liverpool's centre-back had stayed forward from a freekick and no-one picked him up. Shocking, really.

Eden Hazard and Diego Costa have barely had a kick so far. Chelsea have done nothing as an attacking force and are being a little overrun by the Reds, who are playing with more intent.

Liverpool win a corner on the right, which Henderson takes. He fails to find a Red shirt, though, and after some desperate defending, Henderson hacks a shot over the bar.

Still, Liverpool look the most likely team to score...

Branislav Ivanovic
Branislav Ivanovic (left) clashes with Adam Lallana Getty Images

This is an impressive start from Liverpool, it really is. Away from home against one of the strongest teams in the Premier League, they're taking the game to the opposition.

The Reds are attacking with plenty of verve and are willing to throw players forward in search of the first goal. Antonio Conte, as ever, appears to be pretty frustrated with his team already.

Philippe Coutinho
Philippe Coutinho dribbles with the ball Getty Images

Ivanovic fouls Adam Lallana in a dangerous position on the left flank. Milner over the ball ... what can he do from here? Well, it's a decent-looking ball, but the ref notices a foul and Chelsea survive.

Willian turns on the ball
Willian turns on the ball Getty Images

The Blues finally appeared to have settled and have begun to find their teammates with the ball. Their latest attack falls apart, though, when Eden Hazard gets a backheel all wrong.

It's all Liverpool at the moment, with the Reds pushing Chelsea back onto the edge of their own box. Chelsea, for their part, have barely strung any passes together.

David Luiz
David Luiz Getty Images

Liverpool on the front foot in the opening moments, looking to press right from the start and their first meaningful attack ends with Wijnaldum shooting straight at the keeper.

Later, Mane finds Sturridge on the right side. The former Chelsea striker cuts infield but, again, the shot is straight down the throat of Courtois. Liverpool are looking impress at the moment, though.

We're under way at the Bridge, where Chelsea are playing in their traditional blue and Liverpool in red. Here we go...

The scene inside Stamford Bridge
The scene inside Stamford Bridge Getty Images

The players emerge from the tunnel and everyone is ready to rumble under the lights at Stamford Bridge. This is one of the glamour fixtures in the Premier League and, hopefully, we're poised for another cracker this evening.

Jurgen Klopp
Jurgen Klopp watches his players in action Getty Images

Former England striker Gary Lineker is apparently enjoying some pre-match fine dining courtesy of the Blues. But it promises to be blood and thunder once Chelsea and Liverpool emerge for the game.

All very Chelsea.

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I mentioned a little earlier about Firmino's surprise absence from the Liverpool side. Well, Jurgen Klopp has thankfully shed some light on the situation amid conflicting reports.

Klopp, talking to Sky Sports, said: "There's really not a lot wrong with him but no-one could give me a guarantee that if he tried today it wouldn't get worse. It is a little issue with the muscle. I had to make a decision and I'm taking no risks at this early stage of the season.

"Chelsea are physically really strong and we expect that from Chelsea. We know about their quality but I know we can do it with a bit of creativity and flexibility. We need to play brave football. They defend well but no-one defends perfectly. We have to find space, move them around and then defend like hell."

Jurgen Klopp before kick off
Jurgen Klopp before kick off Getty Images

Ten minutes until kick-off, then, and all of the pre-match chatter is almost done. Now it's time for the real business to begin. We have an incredibly interesting match in prospect. Let's hope it lives up to the hype, eh!

Pre-match thoughts

Antonio Conte, talking to Sky Sports: "John Terry and David Luiz have different characteristics but both are centre-backs and we have worked in the week with David. Tonight there is the chance for him to play and I'm sure David will have a good performance."

David Luiz
David Luiz has replaced John Terry in defence Getty Images

"Coutinho playing instead of Firmino is not a great surprise for us. The three Liverpool strikers play with a lot of movement during the game so that doesn't change our style.

"When Liverpool attack they attack with six and seven players and are very dangerous. We must pay attention to this situation but we have worked hard on this this week. We are ready."

Jurgen Klopp
Jurgen Klopp at Stamford Bridge Getty Images

David Luiz is primed and ready to go this evening. He will be desperate to impress under the lights and take the Blues to victory.

David Luiz
David Luiz warms up Getty Images

The players are going through their last-minute preparations at the Bridge, which is sure to be bouncing in around 30 minutes.

Liverpool under Klopp have a good record against the traditionally big sides - but a Conte-coached side is likely to pose some new challenges.

Another interesting subplot will be the attitude/performance of Diego Costa, who always seems to attract controversy.

Ahead of the game, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has given his thoughts on the Spaniard, saying: "He is a real warrior on the pitch. He uses his body all the time and that is a quality. He was nearly unstoppable against Swansea.

"He is world class and that's the best thing football fans can say about you. Last season was not a Chelsea season and now they are back on track, so we need to be ready for a real challenge."

Jurgen Klopp
Jurgen Klopp greets fans at Stamford Bridge Getty Images

This is one of the first matches of the season between two of the Premier League's so-called super managers. Jurgen Klopp and Antonio Conte are, undoubtedly, two of the most in-demand coaches in world football and their presence is certainly an interesting subplot to this fixture.

Chelsea will harbour hopes of winning the league this season - but there are certainly question marks hanging over some of their players. Liverpool, on the other hand, may be happy to settle for a place in the top four as Klopp embarks on a dramatic rebuild of his squad.

Who will come out on top tonight, though?

The pre-match scene at Stamford Bridge
The pre-match scene at Stamford Bridge Getty Images

Well, it appears there are conflicting reports flying around about Firmino's absence this evening. At first, Sky Sports claimed the Brazilian was missing out because of illness. But now the club are saying he is suffering with an injury.

Everyone is curious to see how David Luiz goes in his second spell in English football. His first spell at Chelsea was ... entertaining, to say the least.

The Brazilian is capable of brilliance, but he is also prone to jaw-dropping errors. Remember the 2014 World Cup semi-final, for instance, when he captained Brazil to their crushing loss to Germany?

Anyway, he and Antonio Conte will be out to prove some of their doubters wrong this evening.

And the Blues are likely to be given a stiff test by Liverpool. The Merseysiders have plenty of pace and invention in attack, so Luiz will need to be near his best to keep the likes of Mane and Sturridge at bay.

Breaking team news:

A big blow for the Reds. Firmino is apparently unwell, so he's out. Meanwhile, David Luiz is back for the Blues.

Chelsea: Courtois, Ivanovic, Cahill, David Luiz, Azpi; Kante, Willian, Oscar, Matic, Hazard, Costa

Subs: Begovic, Aina, Marcos Alonso, Fabregas, Pedro, Moses, Batshuayi

Liverpool: Mignolet, Clyne, Matip, Lovren, Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Lallana, Coutinho, Mane, Sturridge

Subs: Karius, Lucas, Stewart, Origi, Moreno, Grujic, Ejaria

The team news will filter through shortly - and all eyes will be on whether David Luiz makes the line-up. The larger-than-life Brazilian is primed for his second Chelsea debut and will be keen to make an impression tonight.

David Luiz
Luiz featured on the bench against Swansea. Getty

Pre-match thoughts

Jurgen Klopp: "[Conte is] involved in the game. That's not the important thing, he's a successful manager.

"He was the Pep Guardiola of Turin. He created a special style of play. He was very successful there and with the [Italian] national team. Quite impressive, but I don't play against Antonio Conte."


Liverpool enter this fixture after registering a 4-1 victory over Leicester City at Anfield. The clash against the Foxes was the Merseyside club's first home fixture of this campaign and Jurgen Klopp was delighted to see his side's display against the English champions.

A brace from Roberto Firmino and a goal each from Sadio Mane and Adam Lallana saw Liverpool dominate Leicester. Klopp will be hoping his side can replicate the form they showed against Claudio Ranieri's side when they take on Chelsea tonight.

Jurgen Klopp
Jurgen Klopp will be seeking a confidence-boosting win this evening Getty Images


Chelsea come into this fixture after settling for a 2-2 draw against Swansea City in their last fixture at the Liberty Stadium. Diego Costa's 18th minute goal was cancelled by Gylfi Sigurdsson's penalty.

The Welsh club took a lead three minutes later after Leroy Fer put his side ahead. However, the Brazil-born Spain international came to the west London club's rescue once again, netting the eqauliser in the final quarter of the match.

Costa has scored a late winner in Chelsea's first two matches and extended his tally to four goals in four league matches after the Swansea fixture. Antonio Conte will be banking on his striker to be in top form when his side host the Reds on Friday evening.

Diego Costa
Diego Costa has been in top form this season Getty

Good evening and welcome to IBTimes UK's live coverage of the eagerly-awaited game at Stamford Bridge, where Chelsea are taking on Liverpool.

The Blues have looked very impressive under Antonio Conte this season, but this is the toughest test of the Italian's tenure so far.

We'll bring you the all-important team news from the Bridge as soon as we get it. Stay tuned...

Antonio Conte
Antonio Conte has made a good start to life at Stamford Bridge Getty Images