I had hoped Ox would get a sneaky start as I think his explosiveness in midfield would cause Jorginho an absolutely nightmare though.
Chelsea XI is also interesting. Gutted Kante is fit for this - he ruined us in the Super Cup. Though think Gini will fare better than Milner did that day. Mount also makes it. Looks like he is reverting from a back 3 to a back 4 also.
That is a very inexperienced triangle at the back of Kepa - Tomori - Christensen, relatively speaking. We are so used to having an old head (or several) such as Cech, Carvalho, Terry, Cahill etc.
5 minutes to kickoff. Just enough time to watch this 5 times.
Can we get Gomez on for this #Ifyouknowyouknow
Get well soon Emerson of course.
Tomori yellow carded for a late tackle on hendo in midfield. Young CB on a yellow for 70 mins?
Abrahams gets in behind Virg, Adrian closes the angle brilliantly, spreads himself and saves the shot into the corner. Need to see a replay to see if he was actually offside &/or who played on.
Gini lifts the ball over Azpi - fouled, freekick edge of the ball corner flag side on our left. Trent to whip it in.
Have to say, Micheal 'John' Oliver is refereeing this superbly. Can the FA clone this guy. The quality level between him and the rest in this league is unreal.
Christensen is down and this won't be good for Chelsea. Think he did his knee.
Christensen and Emerson already replaced (Alonso & Zouma).
With Mount & Kante also coming back from injuries, this could be a problem.
Abrahams heads wide for Chelsea. Need to defend that cross better and stop it coming in.
Yep I thought so to. The ball was similar to that one Karius punched out and Wanyama lashed into the top corner. It's an awful ball to deal with given the pace onit and it's swinging away from you. Adrian dealt with it well.
Robbo, Mané 7
Hendo, Trent 13
0 Possession loses
1 High Claim
1/1 Successful Sweeping actions
1/1 SoT Saved
1 Big Chance saved.
Fabinho 2/2 (tied with Mané)
Guy just continue to grow in a red shirt for us. Wft is @reebecatavares feeding him?
So many of them are 1v1's too - like todays. He's been fantastic since coming in. The difference between him and Mignolet is massive.
Another comes in, Mane heads wide. Think if Mane left that we have a free header right in front of goal. Need a replay. We look like we want to kill this game early
Agreed. If that ball goes in, despite the flag being up it gets a VAR review and is probably 0-3 as there was no whistle beforethe Kepa save.
I think it was lee dixon, or kyle martino, on my thread saying they checked and there was no whistle. which means if a goal, it would get VAR reviewed as normal.
Gini's left footer goes wide. Wow, well wide :D
Great play by Bobby to spin charge past a few blue shirts and find Gini in space
Makes sense from a game management pov, keep the ball, save our forwards legs from constantly sprinting after passes.
Gini was in with the right ball there, holds it up, bobby gets the ball and slaloms some tackles in the box, plays out to Robbo. Cross straight to Kepa.
Turns in midfield and charges straight through the middle into the box unopposed - then curls one into the top corner. Adrian no chance - nobody closed him down? Shocking!
Fabinho now having a go at Hendo for not closing the ball down now after another shot.
Batshuiyi on for Abraham
WHAT A SAVE!!!
Honestly Adrian is performing as well as any keeper in the league right now.
Offside given. Adrian wasn't to know.
Lallana on for Hendo
Kovacic booked now for dissent.
Nah, I think Alisson is a world class keeper and is on another level again. Adrian is a good keeper in top form though. The big thing is not needing to rush Ali back now.
Milner booked, foul outside the box. He does a lot of those.
Oh and Mount fires over from close range.
I remember Klopp was asked about his big 6 away record beforehand - nice to get our first big away win this season.
(if other, please state)
Trent was fantastic today too. Got the opening goal and his covering saved us on two occasions at least that I remember. Although he did have
Bobby got the winner and was just generally a problem for Chelsea when he got the ball - by far the best performance of our forwards.
That is the beauty of the game though - we all see and value different things.