As it happened: LFC 0-1 Chelsea

Premier League
Thursday 04 March 2021 - 8:15 pm
Anfield
Liverpool0
1Chelsea
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42'⚽️ Mount
Salah off, Jota on ↔️62'
Jones off, Oxlade-Chamberlain on ↔️62'
66'↔️ Ziyech off, Pulisic on
Alcantara off, Milner on ↔️80'
82'↔️ Mount off, Kovacic on
90'↔️ Werner off, Havertz on
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The reds return for Anfield looking for their first victory in 7 home games against fellow top 4 chasers, Chelsea.

Chelsea look much improved under new manager Thomas Tuchel and will be out for revenge after Liverpool beat them 2-0 at Stamford Bridge earlier this season.

The reds made a return to winning ways at the weekend, but it required a second half push against the team at the bottom of the table - and the reds are still beset by a number of injury issues in all positions of the team.

Liverpool are awaiting confirmation on returns of Fabinho, Alisson and Diogo Jota.

Victory tonight for either side would move them into the top four but Liverpool's first priority has to be to improve their performances, and results, at home.

As it happened...

19:18 UK
Matchday Magazine cover

A tribute to Ian St John who died earlier this week on the front of today's matchday programme.

19:22 UK
Fabino back - in defence

Fabinho returns to the starting line up.  He partners Ozan Kabak in defence for another centre-back partnership at Liverpool.

Alisson is also considered okay to start tonight.

Diogo Jota is named on the bench.

Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Kabak, Fabinho, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Jones, Thiago, Mane, Salah, Firmino.

Subs: Adrian, Milner, Keita, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jota, Shaqiri, Origi, R. Williams, N. Williams.

19:24 UK

19:31 UK
Chelsea team

Chelsea are in much better form with 11 points from their last 5 games. 

However, they only have one victory against the other teams in the top seven so far this season, compared to four from Liverpool.

Here's how they line up tonight.

? Mendy, Rudiger, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Kanté, Chilwell, James, Werner, Mount, Ziyech

Subs: Arrizabalaga, Alonso, Hudson-Odoi, Giroud, Havertz, Kovacic, Emerson, Pulisic, Zouma

19:57 UK
Liverpool down to 7th

Everton hung on at the end there for a 1-0 win away at West Brom to move into 4th.

Liverpool (or a Chelsea) win would move them out of the top four.

But let it be Liverpool.

20:15 UK
KICK OFF

Applause in the memory of Ian St John before kick off.

We're underway.

20:20 UK

Chelsea with a lot of players in Liverpool's half.

Don't think they've come to defend.

20:21 UK

6' Mendy out to intercept a ball that was heading towards Salah.

Chelsea goalkeeper making his first appearance against the reds.

20:24 UK

20:25 UK
Cagey start

Cagey opening nine minutes of this game.

Sadio Mane with a moment in the penalty area where he other sides may have earned a penalty.  But he stays on his feet.

Curtis Jones dices past a few Chelsea midfielders but his ball forward is a bit overhit and the keeper claims.

20:33 UK
Chelsea on the attack

17' Ziyech fires across the face of goal and it falls to Azpilicueta who drills over.

Timo Werner had a big chance moments earlier but failed to get enough on it to divert it past Alisson.

Reds living dangerously.

20:40 UK
Goal - VAR ruled out

24' Chelsea score.

Liverpool allow a long ball to come through. Werner puts it past Alisson.

But a VAR check rules it out for offside.

Lucky Liverpool.

20:44 UK
Chance wasted

29' Great ball forward from Liverpool but Sadio Mane makes a complete mess of that chance.

Appeared to swing a boot at it and made zero connection about 12 yards out.

Wow!

20:58 UK
GOAL

That one's going to count.

42' Quick ball out by Chelsea.

Mount collects and brings it back across the centre, outruns Fabinho, and puts it in the far corner.

21:16 UK
HALF TIME

Liverpool 0-1 Chelsea

Liverpool performing very similar to how they have over the last 2 months with this same midfield and playing midfielders in defence.

Badly.

The reds are probably lucky to only be one goal behind.

Big midfielder sized hole in midfield and big defensive sized hole in defence.

No shots on target for the reds in that half.

21:18 UK
SECOND HALF

Let's make it better.

21:22 UK
Liverpool VAR appeals waved away

49' Firmino fires in a cross in the area which is stopped by the hand of a Chelsea defender.

Martin Atkinson says no penalty.

21:35 UK
LFC Subs

62' Jota and Oxlade-Chamberlain on.

Perhaps a surprise at the two they have replaced - Salah and Jones.

21:39 UK
Chelsea sub

66' Ziyech goes off and is replaced by Christian Pulisic.

21:53 UK
LFC Sub

80' Naby Keita not coming on tonight.

It's James Milner to replace Thiago Alcantara.

Liverpool still awaiting a first shot on target.  Heading to their 5th consecutive home defeat which has never happened before.

21:54 UK
Chelsea sub

82' Goalscorer Mason Mount replaced by Kovacic.

21:59 UK
SHOT ON TARGET ALERT

85' Wijnaldum aims a rather weak header straight at Mendy.

That counts!

22:07 UK
FULL TIME

Liverpool 0-1 Chelsea

Liverpool lose their fifth consecutive league game at Anfield.  Never happened before.

Winless in 7 at Anfield.

One shot on target.

Absolutely terrible.

22:38 UK
League Table

Deeply unpleasant viewing.

22:39 UK
Next up

Fulham at Anfield on Sunday.

Surely not.



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