Chelsea 1-3 Liverpool: Four things we learned

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Philippe Coutinho scored twice to give Jurgen Klopp his first victory in the Premier League as Liverpool manager away against Chelsea on Sunday.

It was the home side who struck first when Ramires was left unmarked at the back post and headed home after just four minutes.

However, a piece of solo magic from Coutinho on the stroke of half-time levelled things up and the Brazilian was on target again 16 minutes before the end.


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Christian Benteke came on as a substitute and scored his second goal in as many matches to seal the three points for Liverpool.

A sweet blow on an old foe

Heading into the match, there was a distinct amount of pressure on Jose Mourinho. Chelsea sat 15th in the league and had won just one match in seven prior to kick-off.

The Special One had become the Average One who, for the first time in his managerial career, had his back pinned against the wall following a string of poor results.

Down the years, the Portuguese boss has become a vicious foe of Liverpool.

From Luis Garcia's 'goal' in the Champions League semi-final victory in 2005 to Mourinho taunting home supporters following Steven Gerrard's slip when the Reds come within a whisker of winning the title in 2014, Kopites have come to loath arguably the best manager in football.

Mourinho has given Liverpool supporters plenty of heartbreak in the past, so much so that he has become a hated villain on the red half of Merseyside, almost to a level of Sir Alex Ferguson.

Travelling supporters were desperate to give him a taste of his own medicine.

It was not just Liverpool's win at Stamford Bridge that was satisfying enough, but the dominant performance on a ground that has been a graveyard for them down the years has dug Mourinho's hole even deeper.

Mourinho is so used to outsmarting previous Liverpool managers since Rafa Benitez departed. Kenny Dalglish and Brendan Rodgers were no contest for the ex-Real Madrid coach.

However, he's seemingly met his match in Klopp and Kopites could not be more pleased.

"You're not special anymore," was bellowed by Liverpool fans at Stamford Bridge. They would have got a great amount of pressure from singing.

Coutinho has the magic

All eyes were on Mourinho pre-match, with Klopp the sub-plot.

Many had forgot that Coutinho's form, that saw him voted in the PFA Team of the Year last season, had slumped in recent weeks.

After not being selected for Brazil's most recent squad, some questioned if he was capable of fitting into the intense style now encouraged at Anfield.

The 22-year-old has been substituted several times by the German during his short reign, something Rodgers would rarely dare to do unless Liverpool were cantering along to victory.

Coutinho, instead of sulking in the corner, proved to his manager, the fans and any other doubters that he was not ready to stand down and quit.

World-class players can produce something out of nothing, even when they are not at their best. That is indeed what Coutinho produced on the stroke of half-time when his smart turn left Mikel for dead and curled his left-footed 20-yard shot past Asmir Begovic

He was on target yet again in the second half, showing quick feet to fire his side into the lead.

Although his performance was not complete – at times there were some wayward moments from the former Inter Milan man – he has magic in both his boots and is a match winner.

Striker presence is necessary

Klopp's striker situation is well documented since taking the helm at Anfield

He's had little choice from when picking his forwards and has relied on Divock Origi to lead the front line.

Origi hasn't cut the mustard having failed to score in four starts and was left at home for the clash in west London.

Roberto Firmino started as the Reds' number nine but he didn't meet the demands needed in the first 45. He played a few fancy flicks but he was not suited to the role.

Although he lacked service and often dropped deep for the ball, he could not get to grips of playing with his back to the goal and holding the ball up.

Benteke came off the bench in the 64th minute and he added an extra dimension.

The Reds had a man to target going forward, a natural striker who could bully defenders and hold the ball up before teammates arrived.

Benteke is renowned as one of the best strikers in the Premier League and his presence immediately has an effect on the opposition. It was no different at Stamford Bridge.

The Belgium international won a header to assist Coutinho and bagged Liverpool's third with a proper striker's finish, finding himself space in the box with a good first touch.

Klopp will be desperate to keep Benteke fit for the remainder of the season. He's been the difference coming off the bench in Liverpool's last two league games and has the chance to blossom even more.

Lucas must be careful

Lucas is enjoying somewhat of a renascence at Liverpool.

He's back in the inner circle and is a regular under Klopp, a contrasting image of when he almost departed Anfield in the summer.

Lucas has been impressive throughout the season and has made more tackles than any other player in the top flight. His defensive attributes to break the opposition down are some of the best in the league and he has a big part to play under Klopp.

However, he can be careless and was lucky not to be dismissed at Stamford Bridge when he avoided a second yellow card for a trip on Ramires.

Sometimes it is necessary to foul the opposition and pay the penalty, and be penalised with a card - but only when you haven't already been awarded one.

Lucas must use his brain more and think about the situation he finds himself in more often.

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