Premier League Champions, Liverpool Sweep Aside 10-Man Chelsea at the Bridge

The first mega fixture of the new Premier League season saw reigning champions, Liverpool, take on big spending Chelsea who finished 4th last season.

The champions celebrate.

The game saw a couple of new faces in both teams, with Timo Werner and Kai Harvetz all starting for the London side. While Friday signing, Thiago Alcantara also came on as a half time substitute for captain, Jordan Henderson who leaped off injured. The laters injury only added to that of two centre backs, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez.

Consequently, Reds holding midfielder, Fabinho, started at centre back, alongside Virgil van Dijk.

Christensen got sent off after a VAR check.

The opening 45 minutes of the game was fairly even, until Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen decided to haul Sadio Mane down, a foul that got him sent off.

A very happy Jurgen Klopp.

The game was then turned on its head, with Liverpool now having numerical advantage. And it took the Merseysiders on 9 minutes to score two goals, both scored by Sadio Mane, first in the 50th minute and the second, just 4 minutes later.

Lampard congratulates Sadio Mane.

Halftime substitute, Thiago, gave away a penalty in the 73rd minute when he brought down Werner in the box, presenting the Blues the perfect opportunity to get back into the game.

Allison saves Jorginho’s spotkick.

Step forward Jorginho! The midfielder and captain on the day took the spot kick but Liverpool’s goal keeper, Allison Becker saved it.

0:2 the game ended at Stamford Bridge.

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