A cagey first half came to life in the second half as Liverpool and Chelsea shared the spoils courtesy of goals from Mo Salah and Willian in an end to end pulsating encounter at Anfield.
Here are 3 quick thoughts from the game:
MO SALAH GETS HIS GOAL AGAINST CHELSEA:
One of the headlines of this encounter was Chelsea’s myopic player development strategy which has seen major talents slip through the club’s hands in recent seasons. Players who weren’t given an opportunity and so left in search of first team football. The bitter pill is that these players left the club and have gone on to shine at other clubs and more painfully for Premier League rival clubs. The likes of Lukaku and notably, Kevin De Bruyne are case studies. One other player in the mix is now Liverpool’s Mo Salah. Arrived at the Bridge from Basel for £11m, but was sparingly utilised by then manager, José Mourinho. Later, he was deemed surplus to requirements after failing to sparkle.
Now he played against Chelsea and scored and it looked as though our past had come to haunt us. Thanks to Willian’s equaliser, but questions of what ifs would still be reverberating at the club if Chelsea had been patient with him. Too bad it’s just too late right now.
AZPILICUETA ROCK SOLID:
How many defenders show the level of consistency like Azpilicueta? The answer is very few. The Spanish defender was rock solid against Liverpool, proving with every game that he’s just one of the best defenders in the world right now. He sniffed out deadly through balls, harried down Liverpool’s attackers and precise in tackle. Top drawer performance by Chelsea vice-captain.
WILLIAN SHINES AGAIN
After a memorable performance against Qarabag in the Champions league midweek, the Brazilian stepped onto the pitch to prove decisive by scoring the equalizer with a sumptuous lob that eluded Klopp and the Kop. With these kind of performances, the Brazilian is strongly pushing for a place in the starting lineup, and in no distant time he’ll get his reward.
Let’s keep the blue flag flying high. Cheers!