Defending champions, Liverpool were handed their fifth defeat in a row during a crunch Thursday night premier league encounter with Chelsea at Anfield.
Going into the game without Van Dijk who forms a pivotal part of the team’s backline, the Merseyside-based club were outperformed by Tuchel’s whose men looked more threatening throughout the first half of the game which saw Timo Werner having a strike ruled out for offside by VAR before Mason Mount struck a sublime solo goal three minutes prior to the close of the first half thanks to an assist from Ngolo Kante.
With just a single shot on target which came later in the closing minutes of the game kind courtesy of a header from Georginio Wijnaldum, the Jurgen Klopp-led team handed Chelsea their first win at Anfield since 2014.
Chelsea is now unbeaten in 10 games since the arrival of Thomas Tuchel and yesterday’s win against Liverpool means their hopes of making it into the Top Four spots of the league is still alive.
Surprisingly, Liverpool was once again not creative enough throughout the entirety of the game and the shocking moment of the game came when Mohammed Salah, the leading top goal scorer of the league got substituted after an hour into the game.
After trying all the ideas, he had in his arsenal to at least manage a draw, Klopp brought on Diogo Jota to inspire a comeback but the Portuguese international couldn’t deliver the defending champions.
Chelsea’s win at Anfield moves them to the fourth spot on the table with Liverpool falling down the pecking order further back in the seventh position.
In light of this, Liverpool who faces Fulham on Sunday can’t afford to drop points again should they fancy their chances of Tuesday or Wednesday night European football. Meanwhile, Chelsea faces in-form Everton at Stamford in a crucial clash for European football.