Liverpool took another big win in the young Premier League season, defeating Chelsea 2-1 at Stamford Bridge on Friday.
Having already picked up wins over Arsenal and reigning champions Leicester City this season, Liverpool took another impressive three-pointer on the road against a Chelsea who has had a good start of their own.
Dejan Lovren and captain Jordan Henderson scored for the Reds in the first half. Chelsea pulled one back through Diego Costa at around the hour mark, but Liverpool were able to hold on for the win.
Manager Jurgen Klopp, who was celebrating wildly on the sideline, was especially pleased with the first 45 minutes.
It was very intense, very lively and very flexible. Our build-up was brilliant in the first half,” Klopp said. “Everybody could see what Chelsea wanted to do – they wanted to win the ball. But I was really happy with the style of play and the confidence.
“Actually, the problem was that we stopped somehow after around 37 [minutes]. It makes not too much sense but is normal for human beings and especially football players. We had the chance at half-time to talk about this and came back and did quite well again. Then it was absolutely the wrong moment in the wrong situation where we conceded a goal.
“We wanted to avoid situations like this, getting a counter-attack when you are 2-0 in the lead. We did it, unfortunately. It didn’t look too good. I have to see the goal again but I saw three boys on their back in our box. That makes not too much sense.
“They scored a goal but we were back and really awake then again, and defended really well-organised. Everybody who saw Chelsea until now knows when they start getting really direct, it’s difficult. We had this one free-kick in a difficult position, but all the rest was really good defending.”
Liverpool moved up to fourth place in the standings.