By Ayyaz Malik
Two goals from Philippe Coutinho and one from Christian Benteke helped Liverpool to a 3-1 win away at Premier League champions Chelsea. This latest defeat for The Blues could be the catalyst for renewed calls for manager Jose Mourinho to leave.
It started well for Mourinho’s side actually, in fact, Chelsea took the lead within the first five minutes. Cesar Azpilcueta was given ample room to deliver a cross which Brazilan midfielder Ramires duly converted.
Liverpool who didn’t start with main striker Christian Benteke in their line – up were up against it after that goal. To the away side’s credit, they got back into the game and were enjoying the better of the possession, if not the chances.
Deservedly though however The Reds equalised just before half time as the ever improving Philip Coutinho curled the ball past the despairing dive of Asmir Begovic. Chelsea’s players who have stated that they are behind their under-fire boss would have been looking to respond in a positive way for their manager.
Sadly from Chelsea’s point of view, they fell behind to another Coutinho strike, all be it courtesy of a deflection off John Terry. The West London side did have chances to score, but Oscar saw Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet make a good save from his speculative shot.
Visitors Liverpool were impressive in the first-half, but lacked the focal point in what they usually have with Belgian striker Benteke. When Christian Benteke did eventually come on with some 20 minutes to go, it was fitting that he should get the third goal after some static Chelsea defending.
The win for Liverpool sees the Merseysiders up to seventh, this game also saw them win for the first time under new boss Jurgen Klopp. Chelsea on the other hand, this is their third defeat at home this season and that sees the reigning champions in a very lowly 15th.
Could this be the end of the so-called special one?