38′ Chelsea 0 – 2 Liverpool
Things are really heating up, as they are wont to do in this fixture. A brief confrontation between Jorginho and Henderson has been the most egregious incident, but there have been plenty of rough tackles and verbals all around. Chelsea players have borne the brunt of it though, with both Tammy Abraham and Andreas Christensen being tended to by the physios.
30′ Chelsea 0 – 2 Liverpool
It’s gone from bad to worse for Chelsea in a matter of minutes. Right after being denied a goal, Roberto Firmino heads in to make it 2-0 to Liverpool. The header comes from an Andy Robertson free-kick, and it’s almost too easy. Chelsea’s marking on set-pieces has been abysmal this season.
27′ Chelsea 0 – 1 Liverpool
Chelsea thought they were back on level terms, but it was not to be, as VAR rears its head yet again. After a string of ricochets, the ball falls to Cesar Azpilicueta in the Liverpool penalty area, and he puts it into the net. Chelsea players celebrate, but referee Michael Oliver is told that Mason Mount was a whisker offside.
24′ Chelsea 0 – 1 Liverpool
Oh Tammy Abraham, what have you done? The golden boy has fluffed his lines, after finding himself through on goal and 1v1 with Adrian. It could have, should have, would have been the equaliser, but the English striker hits it straight at the keeper.
21′ Chelsea 0 – 1 Liverpool
Chelsea have had a decent response to going behind, slowly and steadily getting into better positions up the pitch. They could get an equaliser soon, but the extra attacking is opening up spaces in their defences that won’t go unpunished by Liverpool.
15′ Chelsea 0 – 1 Liverpool
In the aftermath of the goal, Chelsea have made a substitution, replacing Emerson Palmieri with Marcos Alonso. The Brazilian full-back was struggling with a hamstring issue, and was unable to continue. This new development won’t go down well with Chelsea fans though, who are well aware of Alonso’s glacial pace.
13′ Chelsea 0 – 1 Liverpool
Andreas Christensen gifts Liverpool a free-kick on the very edge of the penalty area after clattering in to Sadio Mane. Salah lays it off with a cute backheel, and Trent Alexander-Arnold whacks it into the top right corner. It was excellently executed, and Kepa really had no chance.
11′ Chelsea 0 – 0 Liverpool
Marcos Alonso is already out to warm up, and unless Emerson is feeling the effects of his injury again, it’s probably nothing. Chelsea fans do have some reason to cheer though, as some quick feet from Matteo Kovacic free up Mason Mount to cross the ball into Liverpool’s penalty area. Van Dijk shields it from Tammy Abraham, and Willian can’t reach the rebound in time. Promising though.
6′ Chelsea 0 – 0 Liverpool
There have already been a couple of worrying signs for Chelsea, with both Liverpool full-backs whipping in some exquisite crosses. Chelsea are penned back in their own halves at the moment, unable to break free of the relentless Liverpool fans.
1′ Chelsea 0 – 0 Liverpool
And we’re underway! Chelsea get on the front foot straight away, trying to catch Liverpool out unawares. With both teams having had some defensive issues in the last few weeks, the first goal could come sooner than expected.