Liverpool - Diego Costa scored his 10th goal of the campaign as English Premier League leaders Chelsea continued their unbeaten start to the season by winning 2-1 at Liverpool on Saturday.
As it happened: Liverpool v Chelsea
Bidding to avenge their costly 2-0 loss in
last season's corresponding fixture in April, scene of captain Steven Gerrard's
infamous slip, Liverpool took an early lead through Emre Can's deflected shot.
But Gary Cahill equalised almost
immediately for Jose Mourinho's Chelsea before Costa slammed home 23 minutes
from time to silence Anfield and provisionally increase his side's lead at the
summit to seven points.
"It was a fantastic performance. The
players as individuals all had a great performance and as a team they were in
control," Mourinho told BT Sport.
"One point at Anfield, most teams
would accept that as a great result. This team did not accept that and I am
really, really pleased."
Runners-up to Manchester City last season, Liverpool
have now lost three successive games in all competitions and trail Chelsea by a
huge 15 points.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers felt that
his side have should been awarded a late penalty after a shot from Gerrard
struck Cahill on the arm in front of the Kop.
"We worked so hard in the game, but we
need those decisions that are obvious," he said.
"It was a clear, clear penalty. I was
very disappointed because the players gave everything in the game. We deserved
at least a point for sure."
Rodgers restored a host of the first-team
players controversially rested for the midweek loss to Real Madrid in the
Champions League and saw his team go ahead in the ninth minute.
Can had a shot deflected over by John Terry
in the first minute, but Chelsea did not heed the warning and when he took aim
from similar range moments later, the ball cannoned off Cahill and into the
But within five minutes Chelsea were level,
after a goal that required the aid of goal-line technology.
Simon Mignolet parried from Terry at a
corner and although the Liverpool goalkeeper got his body fully behind Cahill's
follow-up, Hawk-Eye replays showed that the Belgian had carried the ball over
While Chelsea finished the first half
strongly, they were indebted to goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois for getting down
sharply to thwart Philippe Coutinho and Raheem Sterling either side of
Having been embroiled in a physical tussle
with Martin Skrtel for much of the game, Costa provided a reminder of his
predatory instincts to settle the game in the 67th minute.
After eluding Coutinho on the Chelsea left,
Cesar Azpilicueta saw his cross pushed out by Mignolet, but Costa was in the
right place to rattle a half-volley into the net from close range.
Second-place Southampton will attempt to
return to within four points of Chelsea when they host Leicester City later on
Manchester City, who started the weekend
six points adrift of top spot in third place, visit Queens Park Rangers, while
Manchester United entertain Crystal Palace.