Dejan Lovren and Jordan Henderson struck first-half goals as Liverpool secured an excellent 2-1 victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Friday.
Having stylishly beaten reigning champions Leicester City at Anfield six days ago, the Reds followed up with another enterprising display to claim a third Premier League win of the season.
Lovren opened the scoring from Philippe Coutinho’s assist, and Henderson increased the advantage with a sensational curler into the roof of the net from 25 yards.
The Blues responded strongly in the second half and halved the deficit through Diego Costa, but Jurgen Klopp’s team repeated its triumph on this ground last term.
The manager’s teamsheet showed two changes from last weekend’s home win over Leicester, with Coutinho replacing Roberto Firmino — ruled out due to a minor groin strain — and Lovren back in for Lucas Leiva in central defense.
Liverpool’s first sight of goal was forged inside two minutes from the left foot of former Chelsea man Daniel Sturridge, who skipped in from the right to the edge of the area and hit a shot which Thibaut Courtois handled low down.
Klopp’s side had settled into the challenge quickly, taking control of possession and pushing Chelsea back into its own half with an air of confidence. The away support roared in approval.
And the noise from the visiting section grew significantly in the 17th minute.
Coutinho was allowed too much time and space on the left flank to whip a cross to the back post that was begging to be finished — and Lovren accepted the invitation gleefully with a calm strike across Courtois.
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