Chelsea’s winning streak came to an end at Anfield on Sunday as Liverpool returned to the summit of the Premier League with a 2-0 win.
The Blues were in confident mood following their recent run of form but were simply outclassed by a strong second-half display from Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Maurizio Sarri saw his men turn in a disciplined performance before the interval but the deadlock was broken by Liverpool eventually, as Sadio Mane nodded home Jordan Henderson’s clipped ball in.
Former Blue Mohamed Salah found the back of the net soon after with a quite magnificent effort that gave Kepa Arrizabalaga no chance in the Chelsea net.
The game was closely contested throughout but Liverpool’s title-winning credentials ultimately prevailed, as they once again rose above Manchester City at the top of the league.
For Chelsea, there was plenty to ponder. Here are four findings from the team’s 2-0 loss against the Reds.
Kante performs in deeper role
N’Golo Kante operated in a slightly deeper role against Liverpool and flourished. He was stronger in the challenge, more positionally aware, and looked impressive.
Higuain must not be signed
Gonzalo Higuain was really quite horrendous when he came on. He was immobile, lethargic and didn’t involve himself in the game. With just three goals to his name since arriving at Chelsea, and these coming against Huddersfield Town and Fulham, it wouldn’t be advisable for the Blues to land him permanently.
Liverpool outclass Blues in the middle
Quite simply, Liverpool won the midfield battle with consummate ease. Fabinho and Jordan Henderson were particularly excellent and gave the likes of Jorginho no room to operate.
Rudiger's worth is highlighted by his absence
Chelsea looked far less organised and composed at the back when Antonio Rudiger was forced off with an injury. His presence is underrated, and the Blues weren’t particularly solid in his absence.