Liverpool became the first club to win their opening six games in consecutive top-flight seasons on Sunday, narrowly overcoming Chelsea 2-1 in west London.
An early bout of pressure didn’t result in a goal for the away side and Chelsea eventually found their feet after 15 minutes.
The Red breakthrough came via an absolute rocket from Trent Alexander-Arnold.
A free-kick routine saw Mohamed Salah roll the ball to the right-back and he struck it sweetly—Kepa could do nothing about it.
VAR jumped in to deny Frank Lampard’s side an equaliser, with Cesar Azpilicueta’s tap-in ruled out for an offside in the buildup, and the Chelsea player, evidently frustrated, committed a foul on Gini Wijnaldum seconds later.
It was probably one of the easiest headers he’ll score this season, and as usual it led to an individual celebration.
N’Golo Kante dragged Chelsea back into the game with just under 20 minutes left, but the Reds ultimately held on to see out the narrowest of victories.
Klopp was forced into a substitution as Sadio Mane picked up a dead leg and Salah flattered to deceive, but on the whole it was a good result for Liverpool on an afternoon when they were well below their best.
Liverpool’s focus now turns to the League Cup and a trip to Milton Keynes—where a heavily rotated team is expected on Wednesday night as the Reds go in search of more silverware.