Chelsea 1-2 Liverpool: Coutinho shines and Henderson stunner seals Reds win

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Liverpool ground out an impressive win against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge with first-half goals from Dejan Lovren and Jordan Henderson.


LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 16: David Luiz of Chelsea reacts as Liverpool players celebrate as Dejan Lovren scores their first goal during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on September 16, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Diego Costa pulled one back for the Blues in the second half, but it wasn’t enough to make up for a poor start from Antonio Conte’s side as Liverpool blew them away in the opening 45 minutes.

This ends Chelsea’s unbeaten start to the season and will raise questions again about the club’s lack of success in the summer transfer market, where they notably failed to sign some of their top defensive targets.

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David Luiz made his second debut for the west Londoners in place of the injured John Terry, but he and Gary Cahill were badly off form against Liverpool’s pacey and incisive attacking quartet of Sadio Mane, Philippe Coutinho, Adam Lallana and Daniel Sturridge.

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Chelsea’s back four was also badly caught out in the 17th minute as Lovren was given the freedom of the six-yard box to side-foot home from a well-worked set piece.

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But it was Henderson who stole the show with a long-range stunner that looped over Thibaut Courtois, moving them up to fourth in the table, level on points with tonight’s opponents.

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