There was no denying that a trip to Chelsea would be difficult, especially after that disappointing result in Italy midweek. Sunday’s match turned out to be an all out battle between both teams, trying to steal whatever points they could. Liverpool went ahead early in the first half, thankfully, after Andrea Christensen took down Sadio Mane just outside the box, winning a free kick in a very tempting spot. Trent Alexander-Arnold, after some convincing, ended up taking it and really made something of it, sending the ball over the wall and the keeper to put the Reds ahead.
“Hendo wanted it at first and then I think he thought it was a bit too close for him,” Alexander-Arnold told Sky Sports following the match at Stamford Bridge.
“I discussed with Mo that I wanted it rolled to make the angle a little bit better and maybe confuse the ‘keeper a little bit, and I’ve been able to put it away.
“I thought it was too close to go over the wall, I didn’t know if the wall was going to jump so I couldn’t go under it, I had to go ‘keeper’s side.
“It was a good roll and I just tried to put it as hard as I can that side with a bit of placement.”
Another example of the kind of teamwork and understanding that has helped Liverpool achieve so much in the past few years, and it was all on display at the Bridge. Even against a hard fighting Chelsea side, Liverpool were able to double that lead through Roberto Firmino’s header fifteen minutes later from another set piece - this time supplied by Andy Robertson. Set pieces in the past were Liverpool’s kryptonite but to see them scoring, successfully and frequently, off them is still something to behold. Chelsea did their best to come back against this ruthless Liverpool side, even scoring through an N’Golo Kante strike, but Liverpool ultimately came out victorious.
“Obviously you can’t expect to come to Stamford Bridge and have it all your own way,” continued Alexander-Arnold.
“We were prepared to have it tough in the second half; they’re at home, they’re a proud side, they were always going to come out fighting.
“We started the second half quite well but the last 25 to 30 minutes were really tough. We had to defend well. Obviously they got the goal, we have been able to see it out in the end.”
And those record breaking 15 wins straight in the Premier League? 7 consecutive wins away from home? It’s a pretty big feat, but will mean nothing in the end if they can’t keep going.
“It’s massive, 15 [consecutive Premier League] wins shows what kind of side we are. We have won all different types of games,” added the defender.
“Coming here is one of the toughest places to go in the season. For us to come here and get the win is massive for us; 18 points out of 18 is good going and hopefully we’ll carry on the good form.”