Liverpool succumbed to a lacklustre 1-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea put up a tough defensive fight to claim 3 points.
A first-half goal from Olivier Giroud was more than enough to put the Blues in the driver’s seat and from there on, Antonio Conte’s men defended like nobody’s business.
The Reds did get close to scoring a couple of times but unfortunately, we could not come out with anything substantial.
Despite showing initial promise, Liverpool’s influence waned and Chelsea scored at the right time and then focused all their energy towards defending. It worked in their favour as the likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino tried their best to score an equaliser but to no avail.
It was a poor show from our lads but an alleged dive from Mohamed Salah took things from bad to worse. The Egyptian marvel has been a solid player for us since day one but dive certainly did not win him any favours.
Our fellow supporters on Twitter appeared to be divided about the incident and here are some of the best reactions:
No Mo No… Don't dive Salah… We respect you for your football skills on field and your humbleness off the field as well. Something similar to Messi. Pls don't dive. You're not a diving breed. #CHELIV #YNWA
— Raj (@RajaKris90) May 6, 2018
What's happening to Salah? Dive after dive smh… Barca auditions
— The Prestige (@Jason_Malaza) May 6, 2018
Mo Salah is a good human being. So good that he can't even dive properly that it really is not his thing. #CHELIV
— ■■□□■■□□■■ (@KL0PPHEAD) May 6, 2018
No need to dive salah come on man
— ✗DoubleG✗ (@BSC_Priince) May 6, 2018
Lost respect for Salah with that dive.
— George Crane (@ItsGeorgeCrane) May 6, 2018
Is that the first dive weve seen salah do in a liverpool shirt?
— LFCstuff (@Kopstuff_LFC) May 6, 2018
Genuinely asking here, did Salah dive? Only saw one angle and looked a foul #lfc
— The Toad (@thetoadLFC) May 6, 2018
Salah's dive shows that his confidence is down
— George (@George___Owen) May 6, 2018
All the best players in the world dive. Who cares. #Salah
— Ezio Auditore da Firenze (@TakeaBowPires) May 6, 2018
Silly from Salah, no need to dive
— Riggers (@UniqueRiggers) May 6, 2018
Disgraceful dive by Salah. He needs to get his shit together asap. So should the entire squad
— rnyzlfc (@rohannaik_lfc) May 6, 2018
Liverpool target’s agent claims player is happy at current club
Ousmane Dembele’s agent, Moussa Sissoko, has claimed that the Frenchman is not looking to leave Barcelona.
“The club is happy with Ousmane.
“Dembele doesn’t care about criticisms. Some of them are unfair. He is 20, he plays for Barcelona and he had a great start to the season.”
The agent further claimed that the player has to do better and the Frenchman was sick for a while which led to a few controversies.
Sissoko added that the national team manager and Barcelona’s Eric Abidal were happy with the attacker.
“Ousmane keeps working for a big club, the manager likes him and the same goes for Deschamps. I know Abidal is also very happy with how he is training and working for his club.”
Dembele seems to be doing better when compared to the same time frame last season. The Frenchman has scored four goals from 11 La Liga games and has one from two Champions League ties.
The former Borussia Dortmund player would be an amazing signing for the Reds, but we would have to pay a huge amount to sign him from Barcelona.
The 21-year-old would certainly improve our attack, and it will be interesting to see what our activity would be in the winter window.
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The former AS Roma star has had a brilliant start to his Premier League campaign and has conceded just five goals from 12 games.
Speaking ahead of Brazil’s friendly against Uruguay, the Independent quoted Alisson saying:
“I came here for a high price and some people expect to me to be perfect – it is not easy but I’m trying.”
Alisson added he is working to be perfect in between the sticks and wants to get better with each game.
“I am really, really happy with my move to the Premier League. I’m working really hard to help Liverpool to achieve their goals and also for the Brazil national team.”
Alisson praised our defence for giving him an easy time at the back and claimed that he has to concentrate a lot in games.
“One thing that is important here is the concentration and focus. They are asking me to be really mentally strong.
“My team have a really great defence so it is not often the ball comes near my net.”
The Brazilian has been an excellent signing for the Reds this season, but there have been a few instances where he could have done better.
The goal against Leicester City and one against Arsenal could have been avoided, and hopefully, he will get better in the coming months.
(Photo) Liverpool star pictured training with rival Evertonian for international side
Liverpool summer signing Fabinho is still getting into the groove of things at Anfield. The former Monaco midfielder was slowly integrated into the team by Jurgen Klopp, and the Brazilian has a couple of quality outings under his belt.
Fabinho is a proper defensive midfielder but the Brazilian knows how to pick a pass too. Despite not starting regularly for the Reds, the 25-year-old is a constant in the national side and recently shared a picture of him training with the team during the international break.
The 25-year-old was seen alongside Everton midfielder Richarlison and a few others as they went through the paces.
Mais um dia. Vamos! 💨🇧🇷 📸 Lucas Figueiredo / CBF pic.twitter.com/8Q0IUN1Jag
— Fabinho (@_fabinhotavares) November 13, 2018
Fabinho’s introduction has seen Klopp devise a 4-2-3-1 formation where the 25-year-old plays as one of our two midfielders.
The Brazilian has looked comfortable in that position but has to work on his reactions in the Premier League.
The former Monaco man was excellent in our 4-0 win over Red Star Belgrade a few weeks ago but wasn’t great in the 1-1 draw against Arsenal.
He was much better in the 2-0 win over Fulham but we are yet to see the best of the midfielder. With just a third of the campaign done, Fabinho has time on his side to get even better this season.
It will be interesting to see how we deal with the packed festive schedule, but there is no doubt Fabinho will play a crucial role for Liverpool in the rest of the season.
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