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.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp plays down Daniel Sturridge injury concerns AP

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