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Three things we learned as Liverpool beat Chelsea to extend Premier League lead


Liverpool suffered a minor scare in the capital today, narrowly beating Chelsea 2-1.

The Reds took a 2-0 lead into the break, before conceding with 20 minutes remaining thanks to a fine N’Golo Kante strike.

Liverpool are now five points clear at the top once again, while Chelsea have dropped yet more points at home.

But what did we learn from the clash in west London?

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Liverpool’s leaky defence

The Reds were highly praised for their solidity in defence last season.

But this term, Liverpool are struggling at the back. Chelsea scored in the first-half, before their effort was ruled out via VAR.

And Kante’s strike in the second-half means Liverpool have still only kept one clean sheet in all competitions this season.

Jurgen Klopp will be keen to address the problem, as the Merseyside outfit look to take advantage of Man City’s defensive issues.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 22: N’Golo Kante of Chelsea drives on to score his team’s first goal during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Liverpool FC at Stamford Bridge on September 22, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Bobby’s brilliance

Roberto Firmino is slowly earning more praise for his role in this Liverpool team.

The Brazilian may not score as often as Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, he certainly chips in with assists.

However, his goal today stretches his fantastic record against the big clubs.

Firmino has now scored against every other club in the ‘big six’ – notching eight against Arsenal, four against Man City, twice against Spurs and once when playing Manchester United and Chelsea.

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Roberto Firmino has yet another goal against a top six side

Chelsea‘s issues

As mentioned with Liverpool, Chelsea are also proving they cannot keep the ball out of the net.

A clean sheet today would have sent a huge statement and given the squad a big confidence boost.

But already the Blues have conceded 16 goals in eight games under Lampard.

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Liverpool opened the scoring against Chelsea after just 14 minutes

They’ve shipped four against Manchester United, two against Liverpool, two against Sheffield United and two against Norwich to name just a few.

Lampard will need to address this issue but will be buoyed by the return of Kante.

Antonio Rudiger’s comeback will also be welcomed by all in west London.



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