Premier League

  • Diego Costa 61’
  • 17’ D. Lovren
  • 36’ J. Henderson
17/09/2016
Premier League
Stamford Bridge
Attendance 41,514

    Timeline

    • KICK OFF
    • EXTRA TIME
    • 90'
      FULL-TIME: CHELSEA 1-2 LIVERPOOL.
    • 45'
      HALF-TIME: CHELSEA 0-2 LIVERPOOL.
    • 45'
      Chelsea have been pushing their luck with Martin Atkinson, who finally says enough is enough as he books Willian for dissent.
    • 90'
      Minimum of three minutes to be added on says the fourth official.
    • 0'
      That's all for our live coverage from Stamford Bridge, thanks for following along. Goodbye!
    • 0'
      First-half goals from Dejan Lovren and Philippe Coutinho propel the Reds to victory at Stamford Bridge for a second season running. Diego Costa pulled one back for the Blues but it wasn't enough in the end as their muted fight back falls short.
    • 0'
      Dejan Lovren and Jordan Henderson are the surprise scorers for the Reds who are running riot on this Friday night at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea only have themselves to blame - a poor attitude and lack of intensity digging quite a hole for themselves ahead of the final 45 minutes.
    • 0'
      Stamford Bridge is graced by a light show ahead of kick-off, setting an ominous scene ahead of this highly anticipated match. It's the game of the weekend and it's just Friday night! The players are on the pitch and we should be underway in just a minute or two.
    • 0'
      After suffering a bruised eye in the build-up to Saturday's victory over Leicester, Dejan Lovren is back in the starting XI tonight, replacing Lucas Leiva who drops to the bench. Roberto Firmino is suffering from a niggling thigh issue, however, so he is unable to partake tonight. Replacing him is P
    • 0'
      David Luiz makes his second Chelsea debut tonight, since rejoining the club from PSG at the end of the transfer window. He replaces John Terry who suffered a ligament injury in his ankle against Swansea. It's the lone change made by Conte from their draw at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday.
    • 0'
      SUBS: Moreno, Karius, Stewart, Origi, Ejaria, Grujic, Lucas.
    • 0'
      LIVERPOOL (4-3-3): Mignolet; Clyne, Matip, Lovren, Milner; Lallana, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Mane, Coutinho, Sturridge.
    • 0'
      SUBS: Fabregas, Aina, Begovic, Moses, Pedro, Alonso, Batshuayi.
    • 0'
      CHELSEA (4-2-3-1): Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Luiz, Azpilicueta; Kante, Matic; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Costa.
    • 0'
      CONFIRMED TEAM NEWS:
    • 0'
      One of the more intriguing battles to keep an eye on tonight will be that occurring off the pitch, between the two managers. Conte and Klopp have been instrumental in bringing these two storied clubs back to prominence, and while they remain two of the brighter football minds out there, they are als
    • 0'
      The Reds are enjoying their revival under Jurgen Klopp, having done well to navigate their way through a tricky start to the season - one which continues tonight. There has been some ups and downs, but the positives certainly outweigh the negatives this far. They will be riding high following a reso
    • 0'
      Chelsea were held by Swansea at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday, their first dropped points of the season despite a brace from enigmatic striker Diego Costa. The Blues showed a few signs of weakness for the first time under Antonio Conte, but there's no better way to put it behind them than with a sta
    • 0'
      The match should prove a good indicator as to where these two teams measure up at this early juncture. Both have their sights set on competing for a title, while a top-four finish is considered an absolute must as the two outfits try and claw their way back into the Champions League.
    • 0'
      Hello and welcome to live coverage of Friday night football from Stamford Bridge in London as Chelsea play host to Liverpool in an early season clash of these two title hopefuls!
    • 1'
      AND WE'RE OFF! Chelsea get us underway, wearing all blue, attacking right to left, with Liverpool in their all red strip.
    • 3'
      Tidy start from Liverpool, working the ball around cleverly in the attacking third. Wijnaldum gets the first effort on goal, nothing to trouble Courtois, before Sturridge's strike with the subsequent attack somehow creeps under the Chelsea keeper, whose blushes are spared as he manages to reach back
    • 5'
      Chelsea are struggling to find their rhythm early on, failing to string more than a few passes together in succession. Liverpool are keen on pressing high up the pitch, not allowing the hosts much time on the ball.
    • 7'
      Better from Chelsea, getting into the final third with their first meaningful attack of the evening. Oscar clips a tidy cross in towards the far post which Costa tries to get on the end of, but the ball is sent high up into the air following a contested header, before Mignolet collects.
    • 9'
      STAT: Chelsea have lost just once in their last eight Premier League games against Liverpool, though that was in this exact fixture last season (W3, D4).
    • 11'
      Chelsea are playing with fire at the back, especially David Luiz, passing the ball around dangerously despite being backed up into their own penalty area. They can't break through Liverpool's press and wind up giving the ball straight back to the visitors, eliciting a roar of disapproval from these
    • 13'
      Liverpool are dominating possession, still. A corner is delivered into a dangerous area by Henderson, but Chelsea manage to defend the threat. Pressure stays on and the ball comes back to the Liverpool skipper, but this time he sends a ambitious strike miles over the bar.
    • 15'
      That looked better! Route one football, maybe, butt that's a delicious ball over the top from Luiz to pick out the run of Hazard. Unfortunately the same cannot be said about the run from the Belgian, who inexcusably fails to stay onside.
    • 17'
      G D. Lovren Assist Philippe Coutinho
    • 17'
      Brilliant delivery from Coutinho who picks up the assist.
    • 17'
      LIVERPOOL PRESSURE PAYS OFF! The Reds lead in London! It's nothing less than they deserve for how they have started this match. Milner lays it off for Coutinho on the left, and the Brazilian bends an absolutely outstanding cross in towards the far post where Lovren meets it with a terrific volley th
    • 19'
      STAT: The Reds have scored more Premier League goals in 2016 than any other side (50), with 24 of these coming away from home - a joint league-high alongside Tottenham.
    • 21'
      Play comes to a halt as Luiz, who carried on for a minute, needs to head to the sideline to be bandaged up after a clash of heads with Mane. He's cut open and bleeding pretty heavily from nose - nothing the training staff cannot fix. But for the meantime, the hosts will carry on with 10 men.
    • 23'
      Delightful one-two between Mane and Matip to send the centre-half through in the right channel, but Luiz forces it behind for a corner. Chelsea are very much on their heels, failing to track these runs and are struggling mightily to keep the ball for more than a few seconds.
    • 25'
      WHO'S THERE?! Crafty stuff from the Reds, who look increasingly likely to find a second. Sturridge is played through down the left and punishes an inviting effort across the face of goal, but no one is on hand to meet it as it runs out of play.
    • 27'
      Even when Chelsea do get into decent areas, their end product has been nothing short of a disappointment. Ivanovic finds himself in space on the right, but his cross is putrid, on a chance that came sandwiched between two audacious attempts from 35 yards from Luiz and Kante.
    • 29'
      STAT: Chelsea have now kept just one clean sheet in their last 15 home league games, though this was in their last fixture against Burnley (3-0).
    • 31'
      Chelsea are on the ascendency, but still lack that clinical nature in attack. There's no urgency or intensity about them in this first half and so far they have paid dearly as a result. They need a strong end to the half to get momentum back on their side, and the crowd into it again.
    • 33'
      Clyne lunges into a late challenge on the flank, conceding a free-kick to Chelsea. Willian bends a decent delivery in from the left, which Luiz meets, but the centre-half started his run too early and the flag is raised. Poor again from the hosts.
    • 35'
      There's nothing convincing about how Chelsea's back four have defended thus far, especially the likes of Ivanovic and Luiz, but the good news is that the likes of Kane and Matic are starting to get frustrated. There's a bit of passion brewing in the Blues' side.
    • 36'
      G J. Henderson Assist Philippe Coutinho
    • 36'
      HENDERSON SILENCES THE BRIDGE! Outstanding from the skipper, who latches onto a stray clearance from just under 30 yards out and bends a stunning effort into the far corner! He got the power and dip all right with that, an early goal of the season candidate!
    • 38'
      Stamford Bridge is awfully quiet. The only noise is coming from the traveling supporters, who are having some part at the moment. What a way this is to kick-off their weekend! Klopp is leading the celebration, but there's still plenty ot game left to play - they're far from in the clear yet.
    • 40'
      Liverpool are beaming with confidence, in no rush to push the pace now when in possession. There's a great shape about them off the ball, remaining wonderfully organised which is making it incredibly difficult on Chelsea to try and break them down.
    • 42'
      Costa is becoming visibly upset with how this half has unfolded, and you can hardly blame him. While he hasn't made much of an impact, he hasn't been given the chance to either. An angry Costa could prove to make life difficult on Liverpool, but we've also seen the striker lose his head before, so t
    • 44'
      Kante narrowly avoids the first yellow of the night after committing himself to a cynical and rather lazy challenge to halt the run of Coutinho. It's a free-kick for Liverpool from just over 30 yards, but Henderson plays it short as the visitors look to build patiently with the first half winding do
    • 45'
      There will be one minute added on at the end of this first half.
    • 46'
      Here we go again!
    • 48'
      Conte is riding a 30 match unbeaten run at home in league play as a manager, a streak which is in real jeopardy at the moment. It's a bit surprising to see no changes made at the interval, but he's giving the guys one more chance after his team talk. If there's no improvement over the next 10 minute
    • 50'
      Chelsea enjoy the bulk of possession in the opening five minutes of this second half, but it's Liverpool who get the first chance. A giveaway is pounced upon by Sturridge who quickly plays it forward for Coutinho, but the attacker's effort from atop the area is deflected aside by Cahill.
    • 52'
      STAT: Liverpool have won four of their last five Premier League games contested on a Friday, losing the other to Arsenal in April 2004.
    • 54'
      Fabregas remains rooted to the bench as Conte gets some substitutes up and running. Batshuayi, Pedro and Moses are warming up for the Blues, as it looks like changes may be imminent.
    • 56'
      Chelsea are finding no joy in the final third. They're starting to amplify the pressure, but still nothing really to worry about for the Liverpool defence. Ivanovic goes down hopefully in the area under slight contact from Milner, but Atkinson is having none of it.
    • 57'
      SI D. Origi SO Philippe Coutinho
    • 57'
      Divock Origi comes on to replace Sturridge.
    • 59'
      Pretty passing from Liverpool as they enjoy a rare attacking spell in this second half. It's all too intricate in the end, however, as no one proves selfish enough to have a shot, which sees the chance come to nothing. Still, more warning signs issued to Chelsea.
    • 61'
      G Diego Costa Assist Philippe Coutinho
    • 61'
      Matic provides the assist, following a wonderfully dazzling run down the left.
    • 61'
      HE'S SCORING AT WILL THIS SEASON! Five in five for Costa now, who peels off his marker to get on the end of Matic's delivery, following a superb run from the midfielder. It's a simple finish from the striker in the end, but great awareness to get into that area.
    • 63'
      Decisive goalkeeping from Mignolet who comes off his line to clear Hazard's dangerous free-kick. Meanwhile, Ivanovic has gone down after taking the brunt of a collision inside the area, which brings play to a temporary halt.
    • 65'
      STAT: Diego Costa has scored six goals in his last six Premier League appearances, including five in five under Antonio Conte this season.
    • 67'
      This has been an excellent response from Conte's Chelsea. His half-time team talk has obviously resonated in the heads of these players, who have flipped the script without a substitution being made just yet. Is that because Conte has blind faith in this XI, or does he not trust some of the options
    • 69'
      Stamford Bridge has been revived, but there's a real heart in the throat moment as Milner's free-kick is so nearly put into the back of the net, but the Reds are denied only by the terrific defensive header by Ivanovic. The right-back has not had the best of nights, but he came up big there.
    • 71'
      It's all turning a bit stale from Chelsea, losing some of that energy that had them very much on the ascendency for much of this second half. Luiz commits a horrible giveaway deep in his own end, allowing Liverpool to break, but Mane strays offside to let the centre-half off the hook.
    • 73'
      Still a real lack of activity on the Chelsea touchline. They need to make a change, as fatigue starts to set in. These attackers are running with wax legs and it's really helped alleviate the pressure this Liverpool defence were coming under.
    • 75'
      STAT: Chelsea have lost just once on a Friday in the Premier League, losing 4-2 to Charlton Athletic in December 2003 (W2 D3).
    • 77'
      BLOCKED! Chelsea are being pinned in their own end right now. Clyne makes a strong run down the right and picks out Coutinho in the centre. The Brazilian turns and fires a strong effort at goal, but Cahill manages to take all the sting out of it with a partial deflection!
    • 79'
      Changes imminent for both sides now. It looks as though the hosts are set to bring on Pedro and Fabregas. Is it too little, too late for Chelsea, however? The duo will have just 10 minutes to make an impact, and that's if they can get on quick.
    • 81'
      STUNNING SAVE! That's absolutely terrific from Courtois, who reacts brilliantly to get a hand down to keep out Origi's header from six yards! That would have seen the game done and dusted, but the big, Belgian keeper has had his say!
    • 82'
      SI Lucas Leiva SO Philippe Coutinho
    • 82'
      Coutinho is replaced by Lucas Leiva, who reignites his rivalry with Oscar and Chelsea.
    • 84'
      SI V. Moses SO Philippe Coutinho
    • 84'
      SI Fàbregas SO Philippe Coutinho
    • 84'
      SI Pedro SO Philippe Coutinho
    • 84'
      Pedro enters the fray at the expense of Oscar.
    • 84'
      Fabregas comes on in place of Matic.
    • 84'
      Wholesale changes for Chelsea - three of them to be exact. The first sees Victor Moses replace Willian.
    • 86'
      Jurgen Klopp recorded his first Premier League win against the Blues at Stamford Bridge in October 2015, and he's on course to make it a perfect two for two over Chelsea in London. Liverpool are looking so assured in seeing this one out, coming under next to no pressure at all for the time being.
    • 88'
      Naive from Lucas who is lured into committing a foul atop the area on Hazard, who was fishing for it the whole way. Stamford Bridge getting loud again as this free-kick is in the perfect area for Chelsea to snatch an equaliser.
    • 89'
      STRAIGHT INTO THE WALL! All that for nothing! Fabregas gets to take ahead of Luiz, and he smashes an effort straight into the sea of red shirts. That's simply inexcusable.
    • 90'
      SI K. Stewart SO Philippe Coutinho
    • 90'
      Liverpool make their final change to wind the clock down, with Wijnaldum replaced by Kevin Stewart.
    • FULL TIME

    Line Up

    ACTIVE
    Defender
    brazil
    David Luiz
    30
    Attacker
    spain
    Pedro
    11
    84'Substituted

    SUBSTITUTES

    Defender
    spain
    Marcos Alonso
    3
    Attacker
    brazil
    Willian
    22
    84'Substituted
    Defender
    spain
    Alberto Moreno
    18

    MANAGERS

    italy
    Maurizio Sarri
    germany
    Jürgen Klopp

    Statistics

    OVERVIEW

    Possession 0% 0%
    Effective Chances 0 0
    Shots on Target 0 0
    Turnovers 0 0

    POSSESSION

    Passes 0 0
    Passing Accuracy 0% 0%
    Passing Accuracy in opponent’s half 0% 0%
    Crosses 0 0
    Crossing accuracy 0% 0%

    ATTACK

    Shots 0 0
    Shots outside the box 0 0
    Shots inside the box 0 0
    Shooting accuracy 0% 0%

    DEFENCE

    Tackles 0 0
    Effective Tackles 0% 0%
    Blocked Shots 0 0
    Clearances 0 0
    Saves 0 0

    DISCIPLINE

    Fouls Conceded 6 12
    Yellow Cards 1 1
    Red Cards 0 0
    Offsides 0 0

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