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Premier League: Chelsea mount top four challenge as Mount’s strike sinks Liverpool

Chelsea’s Mason Mount could never have struck a ball so perfectly as his beautiful strike in the latter stage of the first half gave Chelsea all the three points in the game against Liverpool. 

The academy product’s strike proved to be the decisive kick of a game which was well contested by both teams.

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The host team came into the game on the back of four consecutive home defeats this season and were looking to break the duck with the return of Alisson, who had been excused from their win over Sheffield on compassionate grounds, and Diogo Jota who was returning from an injury and illness.

Thomas Tuchels’ Chelsea were also heading to Anfield with an impressive unbeaten record in 9 games in all competitions which had seen them concede no goal against the likes of Atletico Madrid and Manchester United .

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Premier League: Chelsea mount top four challenge as Mount's strike sinks Liverpool
Chelsea are yet to lose a game under Tuchel

Jurgen Klopp set up as expected in a 4-3-3 formation with Fabinho and Kabak being the center back pairing and Firmino leading the line alongside Mane and Salah.

Tuchel, on the other hand, preferred Reece James to Hudson Odoi and Werner to Giroud while Chilwell also kept his place, with Chelsea’s boss aiming to exploit Liverpool’s highline with speed.

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The strategy worked well for the Blues and scored the first goal in the early part of the game only for Timo Werner to be ruled out by VAR as being offside.

The German smartly run onto a pass form Jorginho and took it past Alisson with a deft touch before slotting it home, but he was adjudged to be millimeters offside after a review by the VAR.

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Chelsea were not dismayed by that, however, as they kept on using the same methodology. Mason Mount then made Liverpool pay for it as he cut in from the left hand side and shot a perfectly curled strike into the far left corner of Alisson Becker.

With Liverpool failing to make a shot on target until the 86th minute, Chelsea held on to their lead and surged into the top four with 11 games to go now.

Thomas Tuchels’ side are now in fourth place and three points behind third placed, Leicester City, and four points behind second placed, Manchester United. 

Jurgen Klopp’s side will now need an incredible run of form to make it into the top four having lost their fifth consecutive home game in the Premier League.

The defending champions are now in 7th place with 43 points and just a win from their last 5 Premier League games.

Klopp: Mount decided the game

Following the defeat to Chelsea, Jurgen Klopp admitted that Mason Mount’s perfect strike in a decisive moment was key to their loss.

“I think that these games are decided in moments, there are always like this, Klopp said. To get these moments back you have to fight and at a different level as well. That’s what I told the boys.

I will try to be as honest as possible when I tell the boys what I saw tonight. The individual quality of Mason Mount in that moment made the difference.

It was a tight game, intense game. Both teams invested a lot. That is it pretty much.”

His opposite number, Tuchel was understandably delighted with the win and praised his side for a well deserved win.

“Excellent moments with the ball, moments where we needed to suffer but we never lost the attitude, discipline, desire and courage to defend, he told Sky Sports after the game.

“It was a well-deserved win, a big performance and result. No, we don’t plan matches we just plan the performance.

“The point is when you play at Anfield you have no time to think so we told the players, we need your best performance but the things we do today we need to do them on the highest level. We did this excellently, it was a very good team performance.”

Liverpool next play Fulham on Sunday while Chelsea will host Everton on Monday night.

Results from Thursday’s games

Fulham  0 Tottenham Hotspur 1

West Bromwich Albion 0 Everton  1

Liverpool 0 Chelsea  1

 

 

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