Liverpool 5 points clear at top after beating Chelsea

September 23, 2019
Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk (left) and Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham go for the ball during the British Premier League match between Chelsea and Liverpool, at the Stamford Bridge Stadium, London, yesterday.
Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk (left) and Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham go for the ball during the British Premier League match between Chelsea and Liverpool, at the Stamford Bridge Stadium, London, yesterday.

LONDON (AP):

Liverpool restored their five-point lead over Manchester City at the top of the Premier League after Trent Alexander-Arnold and Roberto Firmino clinched a 2-1 victory over Chelsea yesterday.

Chasing a first English title since 1990, Liverpool claimed a sixth successive league win at the start of the season after Chelsea were unpicked twice from set-pieces in the first half.

"We've tried to execute a game plan in order to bounce back from midweek," Alexander-Arnold said, reflecting on the Champions League title defence opening with a loss at Napoli. "It shows what kind of side we are. We've won all different types of games. 18 out of 18 points (in the Premier League) is massive."

But Chelsea have now conceded 13 goals in the opening six league games under Frank Lampard, leaving the team 10 points behind Liverpool.

Alexander-Arnold was teed up by Mohamed Salah's free kick to get the opener in the 14th minute.

"It was close so we've moved the ball and made the angle a bit better," Alexander-Arnold told Sky Sports television. "Maybe it confused their keeper. It moves their formation so if we can get a little advantage in that way then it helps. It was too close to go over the wall and I didn't know if the wall would jump to go under it."

A defensive mix-up allowed Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta to put the ball in the net in the 27th minute but the equaliser was ruled out once the VAR rolled back the action and spotted an offside.

Liverpool's response to the reprieve was to extend their lead in the 30th minute when Firmino headed in Andy Robertson's cross.

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