In losing 1-0 to Chelsea this evening, Liverpool have created a piece of unwanted history as they have lost their 5th home league game in a row for the first time in their 129 year history. They have now not won at Anfield since the 16th of December.
Liverpool did not have a single shot on target until the 84th minute and even subbed off Premier League leading scorer Mo Salah after 62 minutes.
Whilst the injuries the Reds have suffered have had a huge impact on the team, their defence of their title has plunged to new depths and members of the media made their opinions known on social media.
Jamie Carragher: “Liverpool don’t look like scoring and that for me is a bigger problem than the issues at the back.” #awlfc [sky]
— Anfield Watch (@AnfieldWatch) March 4, 2021
At Anfield, where a home defeat for the champions no longer feels like a shock. https://t.co/l7fBaQ7QPN
— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) March 4, 2021
The defeat saw Chelsea go four points clear of the defending champions in the race for the Champions League.
Chelsea took the lead in the 42nd minute as Mason Mount chased down N’Golo Kante’s long ball over the top, cut inside and placed a brilliant finish into the bottom corner.
Take a bow, Mason Mount 👏pic.twitter.com/o36yvUeKls
— Sky Sports (@SkySports) March 4, 2021
Chelsea were fully deserving of their half time lead and Timo Werner was a constant menace to the Liverpool back line and had a goal disallowed, and he probably should have added to Mason Mount’s fine strike.
The second half continued in much the same vain, with Chelsea high pressing and hitting Liverpool on the break.
Jurgen Klopp said of the defeat:
Klopp: “Intense game, tight game. One very decisive moment with the quality of Mount. Cut inside and we didn’t defend the right space. In our situation we didn’t use it. That’s the explanation.”
— Paul Gorst (@ptgorst) March 4, 2021
“We have lost the last five home games, we are not in a position to talk about the Champions League.”
— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS_EN) March 4, 2021
New manager bounce
Whilst it was a night to forget for Liverpool, Chelsea end the evening in fourth place and their resurgence under Thomas Tuchel continues.
Chelsea under Thomas Tuchel 🔥
8 clean sheets
0 defeats pic.twitter.com/2AF9m9qSfD
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) March 4, 2021
18 – Only Manchester City (24) have earned more points than Chelsea (18) since Thomas Tuchel took over eight games ago; Frank Lampard earned only seven points from his final eight games in charge. Spark. pic.twitter.com/59Hdnt5ueb
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 4, 2021
Thomas Tuchel was very pleased with his team post and their climb up the Premier League table.
Thomas Tuchel is thrilled to see Chelsea into the Premier League top four after their victory at Anfield 📈 pic.twitter.com/jpoOXukj6z
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) March 4, 2021
Chelsea travel to Leeds on the weekend and will look to maintain their hold on a Champions League place.
Liverpool face another London side as they travel to Arsenal and will be desperate to put an end to their poor form and get their season back on track.
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