Match Report: Chelsea 1, Liverpool 2

Liverpool maintained their five-point advantage at the top of the Premier League with a hard-fought 2-1 victory at Stamford Bridge.

First-half goals from Trent Alexander-Arnold and Roberto Firmino ensured the reds gained their 15th Premier League win on the bounce despite N’Golo Kante’s stunning strike.

Liverpool took the lead 14 minutes into the game with a brilliant set-piece routine resulting in a Trent Alexander-Arnold goal.

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Mohammed Salah flicked the ball into the path of the scouser, who rifled the ball into the top right corner of the net after Sadio Mane won the free-kick on the edge of the area.

VAR took centre stage five minutes later. A goalmouth scramble – that saw Cesar Azpilicueta tap home – was ruled out for offside with Mason Mount standing in an offside position earlier in the move.

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Moments later Liverpool took advantage of VAR with another set piece goal.

Similar to the first goal, this time Trent Alexander Arnold, laid the ball off to Andy Robertson whose cross met Roberto Firmino who headed home from six yards out.

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Frank Lampard’s day didn’t get any better after being forced into a second substitution of the half. Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen the one injured.

Earlier in the match, left-back Emerson also hobbled off with a hamstring injury, he was replaced by Marcos Alonso.

A minute into the second half and Firmino had a great chance to double his tally when he met a cross at the back post – his shot was well saved by Chelsea keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga

Chelsea chances

On the hour mark, Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante struck a left-footed low shot that whistled past the post.

The hosts struck back through Kante minutes later. The Frenchman strolled through Liverpool’s midfield to strike into the top right corner, leaving Adrian with no chance.

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Chelsea had two glorious chances late on. Michy Batshuayi’s free header inside the box was sent wide of the post.

Joel Matip, who was voted Man of the Match, performed multiple headed clearances as Chelsea pressured Liverpool late on.

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Mason Mount was then played through on goal by Marcos Alonso, but he smashed well over the bar, missing Chelsea’s final chance of the game.

Liverpool become the first team to win their first six games in successive Premier League seasons.

Next up for the Reds is a League Cup tie on Wednesday at MK Dons on Wednesday.

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