Liverpool have fired an early Premier League title warning with a clinical 2-0 win against 10-man Chelsea.
Sadio Mane was the Reds hero in West London with two second half goals, but in truth, Chelsea’s focus will once again be centred on under fire goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Neither side created much in a tight opening half hour, with half chances for Timo Werner and Mo Salah the closest either came to a breakthrough.
But despite creating nothing in terms of goalscoring excitement, the first half ended on a huge moment of controversy.
Andreas Christensen found himself the wrong side of Mane on the edge of the box, and as just as Mane was about pull the trigger, the Dane decided to give him what looked like a very very awkward hug.
Referee Paul Tierney initially flashed him a yellow card, but after a quick VAR check, Christensen was eventually given his marching orders.
Liverpool took full advantage of the extra man immediately after the break, as Salah, Roberto Firmino and
Mane all combined with the latter to nod them in front.
That goal hinted at the floodgates opening for the Reds, but in reality, Mane’s second was a gift from Kepa.
The Spaniard tried a tricky pass out to Kurt Zouma, but Mane read him like a book, and tucked home the Reds second.
Despite facing a mountain to climb in the closing stages, Chelsea were handed a lifeline with 20 minutes left, as Reds debutant Thiago barged Werner over inside the box.
But on a day where nothing went right for the Blues, Jorginho’s normal hop skip and goal technique came up short, as Alisson produced a fine save.
Kepa did manage to claw back some pride with vital late stops from Salah and Mane, but Frank Lampard looks set for another raft of questions about his Spanish stopper.
FULL TIME AT STAMFORD BRIDGE IT’S CHELSEA 0 LIVERPOOL 2