Jordan Henderson’s wonder strike help Liverpool triumph over Chelsea

Jordan Henderson

Strikes from both Jordan Henderson and Dejan Lovren fired Liverpool to a 2-1 victory at Chelsea, after a dominant first-half display by Jurgen Klopp’s men to inflict first defeat of the season for the Blues.

Lovren opened the scoring with his first league goal for Liverpool before Henderson scored his first goal since January with a stunning strike and, although Diego Costa scored his fifth goal of the season to get Chelsea back into the game.

Liverpool have taken seven points from three trips to London already this season following on from an opening weekend win at Arsenal and a draw at White Hart lane.

Dejan Lovren
Dejan Lovren opened scoring for Liverpool

Diego Costa earned the Blues a point away at Swansea City last weekend and he initiated another comeback attempt with his sixth goal in as many Premier League appearances with 29 minutes remaining.

However, this time there was to be no late equaliser, with Liverpool seeing out the win to join Chelsea on 10 points from five league games.

Matches between these sides often prove feisty affairs and there was a sign of that again within eight minutes when Branislav Ivanovic appeared to tread on the foot of Adam Lallana after conceding a free-kick for a foul on the midfielder.

Liverpool controlled possession and Chelsea appeared happy to sit back and soak up the pressure, but they were caught out by a quick free-kick in the 17th minute.

Coutinho took the initiative before curling an excellent cross to the back post for an unmarked Lovren to side-foot home on the volley.

Chelsea were unable to engineer a response, Costa finding himself isolated and rarely involved, and they were two behind before half-time.

Cahill’s attempted clearance was controlled by Henderson, who took one touch before sending a phenomenal bending strike beyond goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois at full-stretch.

The tempo was slow after the restart but the game burst back into life when Costa halved the deficit for the hosts in the 61st minute.

Joel Matip dived in and failed to stop Nemanja Matic reaching the byline, where he dug out a pass which the Spain international striker fired into the back of the net.

Chelsea were pushing for an equaliser and four minutes later a knock-down from Oscar was controlled by Costa on the edge of the box, but his shot on the spin was straight at Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet.

That new-found energy quickly fizzled out, though, and Liverpool looked dangerous on the counter-attack, Courtois getting down to his left to keep out a header from substitute Divock Origi in the 81st minute.

Conte made a triple change in the 84th minutes as Victor Moses, Cesc Fabregas and Pedro were all brought in, but while Chelsea showed much more attacking intent than they had in the entire first half, they could not find a goal to  level the scores, as they slipped to their first loss of the season. While Liverpool secured their second successive top-flight win at the Bridge, as Conte lost a home fixture as a club head coach for the first time January 2013 when in charge of Juventus

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