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By Phil McNulty
Chief football writer at Stamford Bridge
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says because the two clubs struggle near the top of the Premier League his side do not have to compete with the design of Manchester City.
The Reds weren’t at their attacking best in Chelsea on Sunday however earned a 2-1 win to maintain their guide at the top over City.
Watford 8-0 on Saturday swept aside.
“This kind of soccer not a great deal of teams can perform with,” said Klopp.
“But we perform our manner, we try to win football games.
“In the conclusion we will need to get the things, there is no rivalry in technical things, it is all about the points.”
As Trent Alexander-Arnold’s glorious free-kick along with Roberto Firmino’s header gave them total control at the interval klopp’s name pace-setters looked on track to acquire in relaxation.
When VAR ruled out for offside Cesar Azpilicueta effort chelsea, who had been denied an equaliser, were in no mood to capitulate and forced Liverpool battle every inch of the way to maintain that record.
Tammy Abraham had opportunities to boost his tally of seven goals this year, especially when he was denied by Liverpool keeper Adrian when clean through from the first half, but it had been abandoned to N’Golo Kante to establish a grandstand finish with a great strike with 19 minutes to play.
Liverpool, however, held on, living missed chances from Mason Mount and Michy Batshuayi, to choose the three points.
“It’s a difficult place to come, it is a while ago that we won . It’s a big win,” Klopp additional.
“The boys did really well, they struggled very hard. I don’t think there’s any other method. It is a huge win.”
Liverpool stay unstoppable in their Premier League duel with Manchester City after one of those victories if they are to maintain the big prize all potential champions need to secure.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have made a tradition of releasing an blitz that was attacking on competitions in a remarkable run of only 1 league loss since the start of last year, their sequence now expanded to 15 games.
This was different.
Liverpool may have appeared to have been on cruise control with this advantage, however Chelsea were in this match and pressed against the league leaders right.
They were much beneath their best, were sloppy than usual and on events looked jaded – but that they emerged victorious from what is traditionally one of the missions within the calendar.
Over the course of a very lengthy campaign will finish their wait it’s victories on days when competitions are dismissed, such as this which is critical, or even more so, than the days.
Klopp’s joy at the final whistle, in contrast to some of his expressions of fury throughout the game, said it all.
This has been a vital victory. Liverpool’s bandwagon rolls on.
Chelsea have still to win at home in the Premier League and Champions League this season, and no defeat by Liverpool is anything aside from an distressing experience.
And yet, in spite of this loss coming hard on the heels of the home defeat by Valencia Chelsea director Frank Lampard will take confidence and comfort from the performance of his group.
This is a brand new Chelsea, being built at a new fashion by Lampard, and working on kids like Fikayo Tomori Mason Mount and Abraham.
After Liverpool went up two through the header of Firmino VAR had overruled after poor marking at a free-kick, the target coming minutes, it would have been easy for Chelsea’s heads.
Nothing pressurised and could have been further from the truth since they pushed Liverpool prior to receiving a ovation in the Chelsea 29, before the final whistle.
Goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga may have retained them in it using a stunning save from Firmino but Chelsea, driven by the glorious Kante, were left cursing those missed chances for Batshuayi along with Mount which could have made them some time.
No Chelsea defeat is simple to take, particularly against Liverpool, however, this is a performance that will give Lampard encouragement and hope.
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard:”Performance-wise we were the finest team. We’d more energy within personality, our sport and spirit. That’s why the crowd applauded at the conclusion. Let us take this forward.”
About VAR:”We’ve got to get on it. It’s a sad matter for the moment and the party but that is where we’re at, when we are looking for decisions that are proper. It affects the atmosphere in the crowd. We are deflated and they receive a boost. We needed to be flat at the point.”
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp:”The first half was tough work. It’s about momentum in games such as this and I think we have that in the first half. We scored two goals that were amazing and we might have scored straight after half time. We deserved the 3 points, it is hard to win here.”
“We are only here. Chelsea, six matches in. We have not won anything domestic apart from matches so we must carry on. We have to be prepared for every single opponent. They are all waiting and need to provide us a knock, rightly so, however we have to be prepared to do what we must do.”
Attention turns into the League Cup as Liverpool visit League One side MK Dons on Wednesday (19:45 BST), while Chelsea host League 2 Grimsby on the Identical afternoon (19:45 BST).
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