Has Anfield gone from being a fortress for the Reds to now becoming a failure?
Well, the stats certainly point towards this, after going unbeaten in 68 games at home, the second longest run in English top-flight history, Liverpool have now succumbed to five defeats in a row at Anfield, a place where they were once considered to be invincible.
To add further misery, Liverpool have done two unwanted firsts:
- First time they have lost five consecutive games at home.
2. First Premier League reigning champions to accomplish this ill-fated feat.
Shocking to say the least! The latest debacle being the 1 nil whipping at the hands of Chelsea last night.
So, as the Reds broke records the wrong way, and hearts albeit of their own supporters, let’s dive into how this defeat came about:
It’s only The Blues in the first half
Chelsea definitely seem a rejuvenated side under their new manager, Thomas Tuchel.
Well, this spark continued at Anfield, as they dominated proceedings from the word go with their German striker, Timo Werner creating the first chance in just the 11th minute as his shot went just inches over the bar.
While Chelsea showed intent, Liverpool were lucky to not be one down this early in the game.
In the 25th minute, Werner believed he had put his team in front as he scored a beautiful goal enroute to skillfully beating the Reds keeper Alisson, only to adjudged marginally offside by VAR.
Liverpool had one opportunity of their own in the 28th minute after Sadio Mane was fed with a mouth-watering long cross by Mohamed Salah albeit the Senegalese losing the ball in his timing and as a result it deflected of his thigh to keeper Mendy.
The Blues would finally go one to the good in the 42nd minute courtesy a fantastic strike from their young English midfielder, Mason Mount, who through a deft touch, first beat Fabinho and then Alisson with perfect placement.
As the curtains drew on the first 45, a confident Chelsea led the rattled Reds 1-0.
Chelsea continue their dominance in the second half
The Blues were almost two to the good in the 54th minute as Reds’ defender Andrew Robertson saved Liverpool with a goal line clearance to deny Hakim Ziyech’s strong effort on goal.
This after Alisson was did well to keep out the first attempt by Ben Chilwell a second earlier.
Chelsea had another opportunity in the 76th minute as Jorginho and Mount combined well to release Werner in the inside channel albeit his effort being ably stopped by Alisson.
In truth, Liverpool were lucky to only be beaten 1-0 as such was the gap between the two sides that in the entirety of the game, the Reds had only one shot on target vis-a -vis Chelsea’s five.
Liverpool now loiter at a lowly seventh in the league table
With this win Chelsea have rather emphatically entered the top four and Liverpool at the other end have discouragingly dropped down to seventh.
Everton and West Ham look firmly settled at fifth and sixth place respectively and with Tottenham finding some much-needed wins at the right time, just being one point behind the Reds, could they slip further?
Truth be told, as a realist with this unpredictable form Liverpool has shown, I would think yes albeit the Reds fan in me surely hopes not.
Whether this season is lost or still can be salvaged, in time we will know, but with dark clouds looming, I still urge all Kopites to unite in support for the Reds as ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone!’