Artisan Mount’s first-half goal encouraged Chelsea to triumph over Liverpool in the Premier League at Anfield on Thursday night as the Blues moved back into the best four in the standings.
Chelsea, who came into the match unbeaten in nine games since Thomas Tuchel dominated, hoped to have started to lead the pack when Timo Werner hooked onto a ball over the highest point of the Liverpool guard and beat an onrushing Alisson. In any case, the objective was precluded for a limited offside call after video review.
Mount terminated the guests into the lead before half-time with a choice strike from the highest point of the punishment territory after N’Golo Kante chose him with a long ball on a counter-attack.
“It’s very tight around the top four and these big games we need to win,” Mount said. “Tonight maybe we could have had a couple more goals. We had to be brave and win the ball back high and that’s where the goal came from.”
Liverpool, who substituted a disgruntled Mohamed Salah in the subsequent half, attempted to cut out clear possibilities as they slipped to a club-record fifth progressive home alliance rout, having gone unbeaten in their past 68 games at Anfield.
Alisson made a fine, short proximity save to hold Werner back from multiplying Chelsea’s lead in the 76th moment as Liverpool hoped to discover a path back into the game.
Chelsea uncovered in and saw the outcome notwithstanding the sloped up pressure from the hosts to move once more into the best four on 47 focuses, while Liverpool stay stuck in seventh spot with 43 focuses from 27 matches.