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Published: 22:01 | 16/9/16

Liverpool edge Chelsea at the Bridge

Two first-half goals were enough to hand Liverpool a 2-1 win over a flat Chelsea side at Stamford Bridge, despite a late Diego Costa reply.

Jurgen Klopp said he wanted his team to ‘believe in their style’ after their win over Premier League champions, Leicester City last week. His players certainly took on board the German's advice as they pressed a Chelsea defence that welcomed back David Luiz who re-signed from PSG in the Summer.

The Brazilian could only watch as fellow country-man Philippe Coutinho crossed to un-marked Dejan Lovren who slotted home in the 17th minute to hand the away side a deserved lead.

Gary Cahill was guilty of a defensive mistake at the weekend against Swansea and it was his poor clearance that fell to Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson who curled his effort past the reach of Thibaut Courtois in the 35th minute.

Diego Costa was starved of service in the first half, but the Spanish international only needed one chance to pull a goal back for his side after he finished from close-range in the 61st minute following great work from Nemanja Matic on the left.

Liverpool steadied after conceding, making it difficult for Antonio Conte’s players to penetrate the Reds backline and create any real chances.

Daniel Sturridge would have been desperate to make an impression on Klopp after the England international was left on the bench in last week’s win, but was replaced by Divock Origi late on after an uneventful game.

Klopp might have rued the change moments later when Origi headed straight at Courtois from five yards out, the Belgium international left with his hands on his head, not believing he missed.

Liverpool now lie 4th in the league and will face a trip to Derby in the League cup while Chelsea will look to bounce back with a win at Leicester on the 20th of September.

source: ISNTV

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