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EPL 2016-2017 - Chelsea v Liverpool - MATCH REVIEW

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It had to end sometime and somewhere but none of Chelsea supporters expected that it would end at Stamford Bridge in this manner. The unbeaten start to the season for Antonio Conte was spectacularly put to bed by Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool on Friday night. In an enthralling encounter, Liverpool edged out Chelsea 2-1 to reassert their ascendency and get a toehold into the top four – even if it only for the time being!

Liverpool started brightly and had the better of early first half exchanges. Making the most of their dominance, the Reds took the lead through a Dejan Lovren goal. The defender was a question mark for this match but recovered in time to slot into the starting XI. The sheer superiority of the visitors was evident as the hosts struggled to keep hold on the play.

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61' D. DaSilva Costa
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17' Dejan Lovren,
36' Jordan Henderson

EPL Season 2016/2017

And it got worse for the Blues as Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson doubled the lead in the 36th minute. The English midfielder curled a brilliant unstoppable long distance shot. The strike stunned the Blues’ supporters and even shocked the Liverpool bench. Even after the goal, Conte – surprisingly – did nothing to stem the superiority of the Reds.

Second half meandered on the same lines with Liverpool trying to assert their dominance while Chelsea struggling to make a comeback. They did get a life-line through Diego Costa’s strike in the 61st minute. The Spanish striker was anonymous till that point but came to life in a moment of inspiration raising hopes of a comeback.

But it was not to be, as Liverpool made sure they hung on. In the end, the dominant first half performance of the Reds was more than enough to win the game for the visitors. They are now level on points with Chelsea and Everton and look set for a dash at the top four. All is not rosy though as the team looks lost in certain situations – as was evident in a spell of dominance by Chelsea in the second half.

For the hosts, the defeat raised difficult questions and their lack of teeth in the final third putting a question mark on their ability to come back and win games like these. Conte too didn’t help himself by not making an effort to change the formation or personnel. He chose to make his three substitutions only seven minutes before the final whistle raising a cloud of suspicion. But the silver lining for the Blues is that it is still early in the season and gives them a lot of time to come back.

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