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Chelsea 1-2 Liverpool: 3 flops and 3 stars

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Liverpool secured an impressive 2-1 win against Chelsea this evening.

Goals from Dejan Lovren and Jordan Henderson gave the Reds a 2-0 lead at half-time.

The Blues were woken up in the second half by Diego Costa’s goal, his fifth Premier League strike of the season. Though Antonio Conte’s side huffed and puffed in the second half, they couldn’t find an equaliser.

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The result means Liverpool hand Conte his first loss as Chelsea manager. It will please Manchester City, who also handed Jose Mourinho his first loss as Manchester United manager.

Liverpool have won at the Emirates Stadium and Stamford Bridge this season, and they drew at White Hart Lane. You’re a fool if you’re not taking them seriously.

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Scroll down to see which players starred and which players weren’t on their game in this memorable clash.

Flops

Branislav Ivanovic

Quite how Branislav Ivanovic remains a starter for Chelsea is a mystery.

His legs were gone last year and yet he still manages to get a game. A lack of replacements doesn’t help Chelsea’s cause but still, his presence proves Antonio Conte should have invested further in the summer.

Ivanovic could have seen red early on after stamping on Adam Lallana three times.

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Gary Cahill

In John Terry’s absence, Conte will have wanted Gary Cahill to step up. Yet he was at fault for Henderson’s wonder strike, his poor clearance landing at the Liverpool midfielder’s feet.

He also went missing for Lovren’s opener. Overall, a game to forget for the England international.

Oscar

The Brazilian continues to get minutes for Chelsea without doing a whole lot. Another anonymous performance.

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Stars

Jordan Henderson

Ok, so the goal makes him stand out. But even so, Henderson enjoyed a fine performance at Stamford Bridge.

His passing and positioning was exquisite. Liverpool fans must be hoping this is the start of a purple patch.

James Milner

Full of running and not one to ditch his defensive duties. Again deployed at left back, Milner rewarded Klopp for showing faith in him.

His 50th appearance in a Liverpool shirt was among his best.

Adam Lallana

In Roberto Firmino’s absence, the onus to press Chelsea’s players was left to Lallana. It was a duty he carried out to perfection, as he always does.

Lallana is a joy to watch. He’s been arguably Liverpool’s most improved player this season.

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