The best photos as Liverpool hold on at Stamford Bridge despite late Chelsea charge

22 September 2019

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.


The Reds went into their clash with the Blues already top of the Premier League, but Jurgen Klopp‘s men had the chance to extend their lead back to five points.

An early bout of pressure didn’t result in a goal for the away side and Chelsea eventually found their feet after 15 minutes.

Adrian—still deputising for the injured Alisson—made a wonderful save from Tammy Abraham that ensured the scores remained tied, at a time when the hosts looked to be in the ascendancy.

LONDON, ENGLAND - Sunday, September 22, 2019: Liverpool's goalkeeper Adrián San Miguel del Castillo during the FA Premier League match between Chelsea's FC and Liverpool FC at Stamford Bridge. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

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.

LONDON, ENGLAND - Sunday, September 22, 2019: Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold scores the first goal during the FA Premier League match between Chelsea's FC and Liverpool FC at Stamford Bridge. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

LONDON, ENGLAND - Sunday, September 22, 2019: Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold scores the first goal during the FA Premier League match between Chelsea's FC and Liverpool FC at Stamford Bridge. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

LONDON, ENGLAND - Sunday, September 22, 2019: Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold celebrates scoring the first goal during the FA Premier League match between Chelsea's FC and Liverpool FC at Stamford Bridge. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

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.

Andrew Robertson whipped in the free-kick and Roberto Firmino was left wide open to nod the second into the net.

It was probably one of the easiest headers he’ll score this season, and as usual it led to an individual celebration.

LONDON, ENGLAND - Sunday, September 22, 2019: Liverpool's Roberto Firmino celebrates scoring the second goal during the FA Premier League match between Chelsea's FC and Liverpool FC at Stamford Bridge. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

LONDON, ENGLAND - Sunday, September 22, 2019: Liverpool's Roberto Firmino (C) celebrates scoring the second goal during the FA Premier League match between Chelsea's FC and Liverpool FC at Stamford Bridge. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

LONDON, ENGLAND - Sunday, September 22, 2019: Liverpool's Roberto Firmino (L) celebrates scoring the second goal with team-mate Fabio Henrique Tavares 'Fabinho' during the FA Premier League match between Chelsea's FC and Liverpool FC at Stamford Bridge. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

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.

LONDON, ENGLAND - Sunday, September 22, 2019: Chelsea's scoreboard records the 2-1 victory for Liverpool after the FA Premier League match between Chelsea's FC and Liverpool FC at Stamford Bridge. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

LONDON, ENGLAND - Sunday, September 22, 2019: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp celebrates after the FA Premier League match between Chelsea's FC and Liverpool FC at Stamford Bridge. Liverpool won 2-1. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

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.

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