3 things we learnt from Chelsea vs. Liverpool

Daniel Brown discusses three talking points from Liverpool’s victory over Chelsea last night.

Liverpool beat Antonio Conte’s Chelsea with a mixture of resilient defending as well as an attacking masterclass.

The Reds took the lead early on through Dejan Lovren after poor defending from Chelsea before doubling their lead through a terrific Henderson strike reminiscent of Steven Gerrard. Chelsea pulled one back through Diego Costa but the Reds remained compact and saw the game through.

Matip has been our signing of the summer

Joel Matip’s opening three games of the season have come up against Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy and Diego Costa and it’s fair to say he’s gotten the better of all three of them.

He has been an absolute rock at the heart of Liverpool’s defence and it feels quite criminal how Bailly manages to get all the plaudits which Matip surely deserves as well. However, it won’t bother him too much because he knows he can quietly keep on doing what he has been doing so brilliantly this season and help rescue Liverpool’s defence.

Matip clearly isn’t scared of any striker in the premiership which he made quite clear through his recent comments and looks to give his one hundred percent every time he puts on that red shirt which can only mean good things for Liverpool.

Emre Can is still being missed

Don’t get me wrong, Jordan Henderson was an absolute rock today. But one can argue that if Emre Can had been in the team he would’ve prevented Matic from having that free run into the box.

Emre Can is a far more defence-minded player and would compliment Henderson perfectly, allowing him to run into space and continue to dominate the midfield like he did today.

By freeing up Henderson, he won’t have as much defensive work and could hit the heights that he reached in Gerrard’s final season. A midfield consisting of an in-form Henderson and Emre Can would surely make the lives of any Premier League team difficult as this has the perfect blend of creativity and defensive understanding.

Liverpool could use this to spearhead a potential title challenge and it could possibly mean they could revert back to a 4-2-3-1 shape.

Liverpool’s squad depth has been immense

Before the start of the game, Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino, who may well be the best player at the club, was announced injured.

This would normally be a massive concern, but amazingly, we have a player that easily slotted in ahead of him with cool composure in the form of Philippe Coutinho.

Liverpool played brilliantly and it was Coutinho’s defence-splitting pass which led to the first goal. This shows how far Liverpool have come under Klopp as there appears to be a ready-made replacement for every position and this could prove advantageous for the Christmas run-in when games come quick and fast and players may need resting.

It’s also useful in the long run because if we were to make Champions League football next season, we wouldn’t need to make the same mistakes as the season of 2014/15 season where we added a staggering 9 players to our ranks.

Next summer, Liverpool will only need to add just four or five players and not all of them will need to be starters.

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