Chelsea moved into the Premier League’s high 4 as Mason Mount’s very good first-half purpose earned them a 1-0 win at champions Liverpool who suffered a club-record fifth straight house league defeat on Thursday.
Mount lower in to curve a low shot previous Liverpool keeper Alisson within the forty second minute, after Timo Werner had earlier had a purpose disallowed, to provide Chelsea a deserved halftime lead.
Thomas Tuchel’s aspect then confirmed nice defensive self-discipline to face agency within the second interval as Liverpool improved.
Liverpool, who substituted a disgruntled Mohamed Salah within the second half, struggled to carve out clear possibilities, although, and managed just one effort heading in the right direction.
Chelsea, unbeaten since Tuchel changed Frank Lampard in January, have 47 factors from 27 video games, another than Everton who had briefly gone fourth by beating West Bromwich Albion.
Liverpool’s title defence is in tatters and Juergen Klopp’s aspect have slumped to seventh spot with 43 factors from 27 video games. Remarkably, their 5 successive house league defeats have come after that they had misplaced not one of the earlier 68 video games at Anfield.
“It is very tight across the high 4 and these huge video games we have to win,” Mount mentioned. “Tonight possibly we might have had a pair extra targets. We needed to be courageous and win the ball again excessive and that is the place the purpose got here from.”
Tuchel is now unbeaten in 10 video games within the Stamford Bridge sizzling seat and Thursday’s victory was one other tactical masterclass by the German who final week crafted an eye catching 1-0 win at Atletico Madrid within the Champions League.
His aspect’s relentless urgent was an excessive amount of for Liverpool within the first half, whereas they cleverly combined up the angle of their assault to maintain Klopp’s aspect firmly on the again foot.
Werner ought to have put Chelsea forward within the twelfth minute however failed to attach with a volley and the German striker then latched on to an extended cross ahead and nicked it previous the out-rushing Alisson earlier than rolling the ball house.
Liverpool had been spared by an agonisingly tight VAR offside determination on that event however didn’t study their lesson.
Simply earlier than halftime N’Golo Kante’s lengthy cross discovered Mount on the left. The younger midfielder lower in previous Trent Alexander-Arnold and arrowed a right-footed shot contained in the far put up.
Liverpool did present extra of their trademark depth after the break however Chelsea had been unruffled, though there was one anxious second simply after the restart when Roberto Firmino’s cross struck the hand of Kante however they survived a VAR verify.
Chelsea seemed far sharper Hakim Ziyech had an effort cleared off the road whereas Werner additionally had the prospect to make the factors protected however was denied by Alisson.
Liverpool’s solely try heading in the right direction got here late on as Georginio Wijnaldum shot straight at Edouard Mendy whereas defender Ozan Kabak additionally had a half probability.
“It was a well-deserved win, an enormous efficiency, and an enormous end result,” Tuchel mentioned.