Liverpool beat Chelsea 2-1, but managed to make it as nervy as they possibly could in doing so. The heart rate wasn’t at a safe level for much of that. Here’s how it went, though.
18.28: Before the match it was revealed that Roberto Firmino wouldn’t start due to a minor muscle injury, naturally a lot of heads went — mine included.
20.05: – Daniel Sturridge shoots from the edge of the area and Thibaut Courtois fumbles, will have been relieved to see it not go over the line after letting it go under his body. It took even less time for the Chelsea fans to start chanting about Steven Gerrard…
20.18: – The first goal of the game comes, putting to bed any arguments about who should start between Lucas Leiva and Dejan Lovren. Philippe Coutinho whipped the ball in from the left hand side and Lovren wass in acres of space at the back post, he peels off and finishes with his right foot.
After a period of utter authority, Lovren superbly finishes off a delightful Coutinho ball to mark #LFC's superiority on the scoreboard. 1-0
— Melissa Reddy (@MelissaReddy_) September 16, 2016
20.26: Sturridge dribbles in from the left hand side and flashes a shot/cross across goal, as the Reds continue to be mustard and stamp their authority.
LFC so on top at the Bridge. Be interesting to see what Conte will pull out of his tactical bag of tricks at the half.
— Tony Evans (@TonyEvans92a) September 16, 2016
20.38: If you missed it, get right on it. Gary Cahill’s weak clearance falls to Jordan Henderson, who lets fly from 25 yards out and it finds the top right corner. Courtois had absolutely no chance. Marko Grujic was dead surprised.
Grujic's reaction to Hendo's goal pic.twitter.com/sYpVAnMjBv
— Ollie (@Can_Ibe_Reus) September 16, 2016
20.48: The Reds led 2-0 at half time, and the realisation started to dawn, for loads of footie experts, that Henderson might not actually be properly shit at footie.
Jordan Henderson's half by numbers vs. Chelsea:
35 passes completed
1 stunning goal pic.twitter.com/t8uFlyVnwk
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) September 16, 2016
21.15: Divock Origi came on for Sturridge, who might have been nursing an injury. For what seemed like the first time ever there wasn’t a complete social media meltdown. Up the strength in depth Reds.
Sturridge down the tunnel to get treatment.
— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) September 16, 2016
21.18: But then, all of a sudden, the Reds weren’t mustard. Diego Costa finished from close range after Nemanja Matic had managed to work his way to the byline. Was all a bit too easy, to be honest.
21.39: Massive chance for Liverpool as Divock Origi rose to meet a cross from the left hand side. Courtois has somehow kept it out. Although, to be honest, the Belgian did head it downwards right in front of goal. Might be a bit harsh on him, though.
Big chance to seal it for Origi after a superb team passing move. Good save Courtois
— Neil Mellor (@NeilMellor33) September 16, 2016
21.50: The game ends to a city-wide sigh of relief. Kinell, Redmen. Can we not have heart attacks every game, please? Anyway, another big result. Up the Reds.