Liverpool’s hopes of climbing back into the top four took a huge blow on Thursday night as they suffered their five successive home defeat in the Premier League, this time at the hands of Chelsea, who climb into the Champions League qualification places.
Timo Werner’s opening strike was ruled by VAR for offside after just under half an hour, but the Blues still made their pressure pay as Mason Mount put them ahead three minutes before half time.
The England midfielder was picked out by N’Golo Kante, before taking the ball past Fabinho and firing past Alisson with aplomb.
Liverpool stuck to their guns and tried to hit back in their usual fashion, but showed just how far they have fallen by failing to create any clear cut chances to equalise.
Here’s six things fans may have missed from the Chelsea’s 1-0 victory over Liverpool.
Mount bucking the ‘Lampard favourite’ tag
Mason Mount was in inspired form for Chelsea, scoring the only goal of the game
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The phrase ‘special player’ is often overused, but there is no doubting that is exactly what Chelsea have in Mason Mount.
The England international showed pace, poise and precision to score the only goal of the game with a sublime strike which he almost made himself as much as Kante’s fantastic cross-field ball.
That is three in eight league games under Tuchel now, a marked improvement on the two in 18 he had under Frank Lampard, when it was suggested he perhaps got some slightly favourable treatment.
Lineker on VAR controversy
Gary Lineker gave his take on the VAR controversy that ruled out Werner’s opening strike.
The German was almost certain that he had legally struck just inside the opening half an hour after being put in behind by Jorginho and taking the ball past Alisson.
But the goal was chalked off two minutes later by the video referee after extensive analysis, causing Lineker to…