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Friday 2 December 2016

Chelsea v Liverpool - Story of the match

Published 16/09/2016 | 22:21

Star man Jordan Henderson celebrates with boss Jurgen Klopp after the final whistle
Star man Jordan Henderson celebrates with boss Jurgen Klopp after the final whistle

A thoroughly-dominant first-half display proved enough to give Liverpool victory over Premier League rivals Chelsea, inflicting a first defeat on Antonio Conte and ruining the homecoming of David Luiz.

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Conte said ahead of the game that the Reds were "the worst team" to face at the moment and he was proved right as the visitors ran roughshod over the Blues defence during the opening 45 minutes at Stamford Bridge, eventually securing a well-deserved 2-1 win.

Dejan Lovren opened the scoring with his maiden league goal for Liverpool before Jordan Henderson scored his first goal since January with a superb long-range strike and, although Diego Costa scored his fifth goal of the season to get Chelsea back into the contest, Luiz's second debut ended in defeat.

TWEET OF THE MATCH

"Huge win for Liverpool. Yes they've lost to Burnley but champions thumped & 7 points from Arsenal, Spurs & Chelsea away already #Contenders" - Journalist and TV presenter Dan Walker (‏@mrdanwalker)

STAR MAN

Jordan Henderson.

The England midfielder capped a commanding performance with a spectacular strike in front of watching Three Lions boss Sam Allardyce.

MOMENT OF THE MATCH

Henderson does not score many but when he does they are worth waiting for. A stunning, curling effort from around 30 yards which former Reds skipper Steven Gerrard would have been proud of.

MOAN OF THE MATCH

The Cirque Du Soleil-style light show in the moments before the teams came out seemed somewhat over the top. You half expected David Luiz to enter the field on a unicycle.

RATINGS

Chelsea

Thibaut Courtois 6

Cesar Azpilicueta 5

Gary Cahill 5

David Luiz 5

Branislav Ivanovic 5

N'Golo Kante 6

Nemanja Matic 6

Oscar 6

Willian 6

Eden Hazard 6

Diego Costa 7

Subs

Pedro (for Oscar) 6

Cesc Fabregas (for Matic) 6

Victor Moses (for Willian) 6

Liverpool

Simon Mignolet 6

Nathaniel Clyne 7

Joel Matip 7

Dejan Lovren 7

James Milner 7

Jordan Henderson 8

Georginio Wijnaldum 7

Adam Lallana 8

Philippe Coutinho 7

Sadio Mane 8

Daniel Sturridge 6

Subs

Divock Origi (for Sturridge) 6

Lucas (for Coutinho) 6

Kevin Stewart (for Wijnaldum) 6

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