Unthroned Premier League champion Liverpool must seriously fear Champions League football. The Reds were unbeatable on their own Anfield for almost four years, but against Chelsea they had their fifth (!) home defeat in a row in competition: Thomas Tuchels team is back in the battle for Champions League placement, while Liverpool remains seventh.
The team of Jürgen Klopp had already lost at home to Burnley, Brighton & Hove Albion, Manchester City and Everton and was not overflowing with confidence. Chelsea took the initiative at Anfield and became particularly dangerous via Timo Werner. It was no surprise that after half an hour the German trumped Alison Becker and worked the ball across the line. However, the VAR grabbed the lines and rejected the 0-1 of the Londoners: Werner turned out to be out of play with his armpit.
Three minutes before rest, however, Chelsea still got what it was looking for. In the opening phase of the second half Hakim Ziyech also seemed to make Chelseas second hit, but Andy Robertson removed the ball before the line.
Liverpool was still alive, but didnt get any further than claiming a penalty in vain: Kanté got the ball in the sixteen meters against his hand, but the arbitration did not see a penalty kick. Klopp surprised by changing Premier League top scorer Salah after an hour of play, but a shock effect was no longer achieved.
Chelsea climbs to spot four and four points ahead of the reigning champion. Number five Everton is one point behind Chelsea, but still has a game. So the battered and wandering Liverpool will still have to make it to the top four.