Liverpool’s top-four hopes suffered another major blow as rivals Chelsea handed defeat to Jurgen Klopp’s team 1-0 at Anfield.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) March 4, 2021
Mason Mount first-half goal helped Chelsea triumphed at Anfield for the first time since 2014, inflicting Liverpool’s fifth straight home defeat and climbing into the top four.
Chelsea were the more dangerous side from the start, with Timo Werner twice going close early on and then having a goal overturned for offside after a Video Assistant Referee review.
Mount gave Chelsea their lead in the 42nd minute, cutting inside from the left corner of the box and whipping a clinical finish into the bottom right corner.
The visitors continued to threaten after the break, with Ben Chilwell forcing a save from Alisson and Hakim Ziyech’s follow-up being blocked on the line by Andrew Robertson.
Alisson made a fine, close-range save to keep Werner from doubling Chelsea’s lead in the 76th minute as Liverpool looked to find a way back into the game.
Liverpool can hardly afford any further slip ups when they entertain Fulham on Sunday.
Liverpool once again lacked creativity in attack but it was still a huge surprise to see Mo Salah, the Premier League’s leading goal scorer, withdrawn just after the hour.
“It is not about Anfield or whatever, it is in general, too often. In the decisive moments we have to improve,” Klopp said.
“You cannot say it is only at home. We have to show our quality in these moments and we don’t do that often enough.
“It was a tight, intense game. It is a massive blow. We have to win football games. It is not done yet.”
Klopp was unhappy with Liverpool’s defending for Mount’s goal as Fabinho was left trailing in the midfielder’s wake.
He was also frustrated by their lack of cutting edge up front, with leading scorer Mohamed Salah hauled off after an hour.
“You have to defend differently and we didn’t do well there. In the end we conceded one goal, we made the mistake there,” he said.
“You can say it was good defending by Chelsea but with all the possession we had you need to have more chances. Everything was really good until the final pass.”
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) March 5, 2021
Liverpool: 7 Mar v Fulham (H)
Chelsea: 8 Mar v Everton (H)