Chelsea Hands Liverpool Their Fifth Straight Home League Defeat
Mason Mount‘s strike moved Chelsea into the Premier League’s top four as they defeat Liverpool at Anfield, inflicting fifth straight home league defeat in their history.
After a 68-game unbeaten league run at Anfield over nearly four years was ended in January, the English champions slump has seen them slide to seventh, four points adrift of Chelsea in the battle for a lucrative place in next season’s Champions League.
Chelsea on the other hand are on the rise as their unbeaten run since Thomas Tuchel replaced the sacked Frank Lampard in January stretches to 10 games.
Tuchel was appointed with Chelsea five points adrift of the top four, but they are now in pole position to secure a much-needed return to the riches of the Champions League after spending £220 million on new players in last summer’s transfer market.
Timo Werner is one of the big money signings that has failed to live up to his price tag, but starting as a central striker for the first time under Tuchel, the German international showed flashes of the qualities that made him one of the Bundesliga’s deadliest strikers for RB Leipzig.
Werner was long linked with a move to Liverpool before arriving at Stamford Bridge and was desperately unlucky not to register just his second goal in his last 18 Premier League games midway through the first-half.
He flicked the ball beyond onrushing goalkeeper Alisson Becker and bundled the ball over the line.
A VAR review, though, controversially chopped the goal off for the most marginal of offside decisions.
The combination of Fabinho and Ozan Kabak was Liverpool’s 19th central defensive partnership of an injury-ravaged season.