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Six things we noticed from the Liverpool vs Chelsea match

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Jurgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel

Liverpool and and klopp seems out of ideas in contrast Thomas Tuchel revived Chelsea machines.

 

Liverpool are in trouble and Jurgen klopp seems out of ideas as his team was trashed at home to Chelsea where as Chelsea are back in form.

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Here are some conclusions drawn from the match.

(1) This is why Roman Abramovich acted when and how he did. Chelsea were ninth in the Premier League table, level on points with a Southampton side that had a game in hand on them, when he sought to change something. Having spent hundreds of millions assembling an excellent squad the most obvious and cost-efficient solution was to replace – to upgrade – the coach in search of improvement.

 

They were underachieving to an expected degree and no pointing to projects, works in progress. Champions League qualification would have been the remit. They are fourth, unbeaten under Tuchel and have seven points from three Big Six games since his appointment compared to two from five this season under Frank Lampard.

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(2) Some claimed it was too big to manage the Chelsea’s football squad, that the academy products and expensive recruits could not possibly coexist in the same starting line-up. That egos would emerge and factions could dominate. So many of these players – Andreas Christensen, Antonio Rudiger, Cesar Azpilicueta, Jorginho – had been written off at various stages under different managers but have given a good performance since starting for the team.

 

(3) Liverpool should be used to making history by now, but losing five consecutive league games at Anfield for the first time ever will sting. Their home form had been so imperious that when Burnley ended that unbeaten run at 68 games in January, some sort of drop-off was inevitable. When Liverpool themselves ended Chelsea’s remarkable 86-match streak at Stamford Bridge in October 2008, the Blues responded by thrashing Sunderland 5-0 in their next home game but they subsequently drew to Newcastle and West Ham and lost to Arsenal. It happens, but it should not be excused on injuries of key players.

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Liverpool vs Chelsea

Liverpool forwards created very few chances in front of goal against Chelsea. ( Photo by Getty Images)

 

(4) On that high defensive line: all six of Jorginho’s long balls were accurate, as were each of N’Golo Kante’s five. Timo Werner was caught offside four times, had two chances from running in behind after a quarter of an hour and only had a first-half goal taken away from him for foolishly having arms. Chelsea showed their hand almost immediately when it came to their game plan on the counter-attack, yet Liverpool were insistent for 90 minutes that they must be bluffing.

 

(5)  It was compounded by Fabinho’s apparent and understandable lack of fitness. He was exposed so often as Chelsea exploited that ball over the top for Werner to chase. Trent Alexander-Arnold offered him approximately no help for Mason Mount’s goal but Fabinho has rarely looked so mortal when defending one-on-one as he did when the Chelsea forward dropped a shoulder, a burst of pace and a wonderful finish.

 

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(6) Mount will get the praise for that winner, as he should. It seems strange to suggest a 22-year-old with 13 England caps and three goals brought to mind a 20-year-old with three England caps and two goals, but that ability to see the space and create something from precious little out wide with a sudden change of direction and injection of energy was very Phil Foden.

 

Those detractors have fallen strangely silent when it comes to a player often mentioned in the bracket below the Manchester City academy product, Jack Grealish, Bukayo Saka or even sometimes James Maddison. Only a fool would not include him in that conversation

 

 

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