Chelsea lost their sixth game in 11 Premier League appearances as Liverpool thrashed the blues 3-1 at home.
Jose Mourinho’s position as Chelsea manager grows more and more vulnerable by each match, leaving the Portuguese pondering over his future.
An early lead by the hosts lifted hearts, but that did not last for long. Liverpool’s Philippe Countinho scored two phenomenal goals, along with one by Christian Benteke, giving the away side a solid victory.
Mourinho was left disappointed as a complaint to the referee was not answered regarding a second yellow card for Lucas, who luckily escaped with 20 minutes to go.
Chelsea’s season slips deeper into crisis, having only one win in eight games.
Diego Costa was able to feature following a late fitness test and made a fine start to the game. 4 minutes on the clock and Chelsea had the lead thanks to Ramires, who headed in Cesar Azpilicueta’s cross.
Liverpool struggled to get back in the game, and took some time to convert from defending to attacking pace.
Adam Lallana got a chance when he stretched to reach a cross by James Milner, but he shot straight at goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp had complaints of his own against the referee, who failed to penalize John Terry following a handball.
Nearing the half time whistle, Liverpool were by then the better team, as Chelsea slacked off a bit.
A cross by Milner was met by Lucas, who headed the ball at goal but was denied. As added time approached, Coutinho beat a wrong footed Ramires, and sent a left-footed curling shot at goal, hitting the back of the net and making the score 1-1.
Chelsea fans were hoping the half time break would do the players good, however, Liverpool resumed where they had left off.
Another handball appeal was made, this time for Gary Cahill, who narrowly escaped, conceding a corner.
Eden Hazard was replaced by Kenedy, who immediately went for goal and shot narrowly wide.
Liverpool could have been down to 10 men as Lucas’ position on the field was on the line following a foul on Ramires. Having avoided the second yellow, a frustrated Mourinho sarcastically applauded the decision.
Oscar came forward with an attempt on goal but was denied by Mignolet.
It was then Liverpool who scored. Coutinho managed to send a ball from the edge of the box which met the corner of the net, giving Liverpool the lead.
Into the dying moments in the game Begovic saved an attempt by Alberto Moreno.
It was then Benteke who scored the winner, as Cahill and Terry failed to stop him
Date: Saturday, 31st October, 2015
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Referee: Mark Clattenburg
Score: Chelsea 1-3 Liverpool
Scorers: Ramires 4’, Coutinho 45+3’, 74’, Benteke 83’
Yellow Cards: Coutinho 24’, Lucas 58’, Can 65’, Mikel 66’, Benteke 86’
Red Cards: None
Chelsea: Begovic, Zouma, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Mikel, Ramires, Willian, Oscar, Hazard, Diego Costa
Liverpool: Mignolet, Clyne, Skrtel, Sakho, Moreno, Lucas, Can, Milner, Lallana, Coutinho, Firmino
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