Liverpool F.C. vs Chelsea F.C.


Premier League

January 31st

Anfield, Liverpool, England


24′ Luiz

57′ Wijnadum

76′ Costa Penalty saved

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FT: The result means that Liverpool remain in fourth but now move onto 46 points, whilst Chelsea remain at the top of the league but now move onto 56 points.

FT: The result is a positive one for Chelsea as results elsewhere went their way, however Liverpool could have done with more than a point as they failed to capitalise on Arsenal’s defeat and Tottenham’s draw.

FT: Chelsea created a number of good chances in the second-half. First Moses hit the outside of the post from a tight-angle when he had other options. Then a Willian cross just evaded Costa before the striker had his penalty saved. Substitute Pedro had two good chances, the first of which was denied by a terrific challenge by Henderson before the winger curled an effort inches wide of the far-post.

FT: Liverpool deserve credit for coming back into the game and getting a draw. The Reds created a number of chances and should have found the net earlier in the match when Firmino fired over from close-range before Wijnaldum’s goal. Firmino had a great chance towards the final minutes when he met a cross from substitute Mané, but it was straight at Courtois.

FT: So Costa’s penalty miss has denied Chelsea the chance to go eleven points clear.

90’+3′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the match to an end.

90’+3′ Final Chelsea change sees Costa replaced by Michy Batshuayi.

90′ Chance!! A Máne cross finds Firmino, who heads an effort that is straight at Courtois.

90′ There will be three additional minutes.

89′ Mignolet is adjudged to have been fouled by Pedro.

89′ Second Liverpool change sees Divock Origi replace Lallana.

89′ Close!! Kanté wins possession and drives forward and find Pedro, who curls an effort inches wide of the far-post with Mignolet beaten.

88′ Fàbregas wins a freekick.

87′ Fàbregas wins a freekick.

87′ Chance!! Pedro is played through on-goal but Henderson makes a fine last-ditch challenge to deny the Spaniard a sure-goal.

86′ Matić is penalised for handball.

83′ Alonso is adjudged to have fouled Clyne.

82′ Second Chelsea change sees Willian replaced by Cesc Fàbregas.

78′ Mané is penalised for a flailing arm.

78′ Willian is booked for timewasting

77′ Kanté is fouled by Can.

77′ Pedro wins a freekick.

76′ The corner is cleared.

76′ Penalty saved!! Mignolet guesses right and palms the spot-kick behind to atone for his earlier error.

75′ Penalty!! Costa is bundled to the ground after Matip dangles a leg.

74′ First Liverpool change sees Sadio Mané replace Coutinho.

74′ A Clyne cross is met by Milner on the volley but his effort from a tight-angle is off-target.

72′ The delivery is cleared.

71′ Costa is penalised for a foul.

71′ First Chelsea change sees Pedro replace Hazard.

67′ Close!! Willian sends in a teasing delivery across the face of goal but it’s just too far ahead of Costa.

65′ Matić is penalised for a foul.

64′ Coutinho is penalised for a foul on Willian.

62′ Firmino is caught offside.

58′ Milner is booked for a foul on Moses.

57′ Goal!! Milner’s header back across goal from a Henderson cross-field pass takes a deflection off Moses into the path of the waiting Wijnaldum, who heads home past Courtois.

50′ So close!! Moses gets the better of Milner and has options but instead opts to beat Mignolet at his near-post but hits the post.

49′ Lovren fires an effort harmlessly off-target from-range.

48′ Chance!! Can surges forward and Hazard’s challenge in the area, enables the loose ball to fall to Firmino, who has just Courtois to beat, but he fires the ball over the bar from close-range.

47′ Alonso wins a freekick.

45′ Chelsea get the second-half underway.

HT: The next goal will be crucial in the match and should Liverpool get it, the complexion of the game will undoubtedly change. Should Chelsea get it, it could be curtains for Liverpool. So will Liverpool come back in this match or will Chelsea add to their tally and hold on? Join us again for the second-half.

HT: There was some controversy over the awarding of the freekick which led to the goal but that cannot be used as an excuse for Mignolet, who was unprepared for the set-piece. Liverpool need to create more clear-cut chances against a stern and well-drilled defence whilst Chelsea, who have been sloppy in possession prior to the goal, need to keep hold of the ball and create some chances of their own. Chelsea need to be more clinical on the counter-attack if they are to seal the victory.

HT: Chelsea haven’t created many clear-cut chances but since finding the lead through Luiz’s fantastic freekick, they have looked comfortable. Willian’s freekick almost made it two when the delivery just evaded Luiz and Matić, forcing Mignolet into a fine save. Willian then fired the ball over the bar from-range.

HT: The hosts have dominated the majority of the first-half but haven’t created enough chances with Wijnaldum’s strike that forced Courtois into a fine save, the closest they have come. They need to get Coutinho and Firmino more involved in the match, they have been on the fringes thus far, much to the credit of the Chelsea defence.

HT: So Chelsea lead at the break.

45’+2′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the first 45 minutes to an end.

45′ There will be two additional minutes.

44′ Henderson receives a yellow card for dissent.

43′ Firmino is caught offside.

41′ Can is caught offside.

40′ Luiz concedes a corner.

39′ Costa is caught offside.

38′ Chance!! Willian fires an effort over the bar from-range.

36′ Cahill is penalised for a foul.

33′ Luiz is back on the pitch.

32′ The delivery causes havoc before Matić clears the danger.

30′ Slight delay in the match as Luiz is down with an injury and is receiving treatment. He’ll have to leave the field to receive further treatment.

30′ Azpilicueta concedes a corner.

28′ The delivery is cleared.

28′ Close!! The delivery from Willian just evades Matić and Luiz and Mignolet is forced to palm the ball behind.

28′ Hazard wins a freekick.

24′ Goal!! Luiz hits the freekick well and it dips unbelievably before clipping the inside of the post and going in. It’s his first goal since returning to the club, his first since April 2013.

23′ Hazard wins a freekick in a good position after a foul from Lallana.

22′ Coutinho is caught offside.

19′ The corner is cleared before Cahill is caught offside.

19′ Moses fires an effort that Milner blocks behind for a corner.

17′ Costa wins a freekick after a foul from Matip.

13′ Luiz wins a freekick.

11′ Lallana is caught offside.

11′ Chance!! Wijnaldum fires an effort at goal that Courtois is forced to palm away.

8′ Henderson overhits a cross-field pass towards Milner.

5′ Play resumes.

4′ Slight delay in the match as Alonso is down with an injury after a flailing arm by Wijnaldum.

3′ The corner comes to nothing.

2′ Matić concedes a corner.

0′ Liverpool get the game underway.

Team news:

Liverpool F.C.: Simon Mignolet (GK), James Milner, Dejan Lovren, Joël Matip, Nathaniel Clyne, Georginio Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson, Emre Can, Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, Adam Lallana

Chelsea F.C.: Thibaut Courtois (GK), Gary Cahill, David Luiz, César Azpilicueta, Marcos Alonso, Nemanja Matić, N’Golo Kanté, Victor Moses, Eden Hazard, Diego Costa, Willian


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