Chelsea v Liverpool: Premier League – live! | Football
21 min Liverpool have this match under control, with Fabinho dictating the play in midfield. They are such an impressive side.
That was a brilliant goal. Salah took the free-kick, dragging his studs over the ball to move it a few yards to the side. That created just enough space for Alexander-Arnold, who smacked a curling shot across Kepa and into the far corner. It was beautifully struck.
13 min Mane is fouled in the D by Christensen. It was a clumsy, rash tackle, and this is a great chance for Liverpool.
11 min After lovely play from Kovacic, whose fast feet left Alexander-Arnold for dead, Mount’s dangerous cross from the left just evades Abraham at the near post.
8 min Kante plays a nice pass down the side to Willian, who is eased to the floor by van Dijk. Nobody appealed for a penalty, even though it was a bit heavy-handed from van Dijk
7 min Liverpool are starting to dominate, with Chelsea pinned in their own half for the last few minutes.
4 min Henderson plays an imaginative long pass that would have put Mane through on goal but for a vital, last-gasp interception from the stretching Azpilicueta.
4 min Nothing to report thus far. It has, as you’d expect, been a frantic start.
The players are in the tunnel. The Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta, as always, is laughing and joking with the opposition.
There were two early games in the Premier League, and you can read all about them here.
N’Golo Kante plays for the first time in over a month, while Mason Mount is fit to start after suffering an ankle injury against Valencia.
Chelsea (4-3-3) Kepa; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Tomori, Emerson; Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic; Willian, Abraham, Mount.
Substitutes: Caballero, Zouma, Alonso, Pulisic, Barkley, Pedro, Batshuayi.
Liverpool (4-3-3) Adrian; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum; Mane, Firmino, Salah.
Substitutes: Kelleher, Gomez, Milner, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lallana, Brewster, Shaqiri.
Referee Michael Oliver.
Hello. The thing Liverpool really, really want is Manchester City’s title. But it wouldn’t hurt to take their record along the way. Liverpool have won their last 14 Premier League games, and need five more victories to beat the Premier League record set by City in 2017-18.
A win at Stamford Bridge would be a particularly big statement of intent to win the title for the first time since 1990. If anything cost Liverpool the league last season, it was their away form against the big teams – they drew at Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United and Everton, and were beaten at Manchester City. Not exactly ‘Klopp out!’ stuff, but it’s the closest Liverpool have had to a weakness since they went to the next level with the signing of Virgil van Dijk at the start of 2018.
Chelsea have had a mixed start to the season, with some uplifting football – especially away from home – and some shambolic defending. While they are a medium-term project for Frank Lampard, Liverpool’s time is now.
This is the start of an important period for Liverpool. Their next seven fixtures include games against Chelsea, Leicester, Manchester United and Spurs, culminating in the huge one against Manchester City at Anfield on 10 November. By then, we should have a good idea whether it really is going to happen this season.
Kick-off is at 4.30pm.
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