Klopp’s Liverpool Have Their Reference Point
Let’s ignore what this result means for Chelsea and Jose Mourinho just for the moment, as there will be plenty of that to come later, but this win will give Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp a huge boost as the German continues to steadily make his mark at his new club.
Suddenly, instead of focusing on the three draws in his four matches prior to this one, Klopp is a man and a manager on a roll, and Liverpool are still unbeaten since their dismal loss at Manchester United in September.
As others have proved this season, winning at Chelsea isn’t the tough task it once was, but Klopp’s Liverpool now have their reference point.
It all starts here.
Philippe Coutinho Needs To Kick On From Here
For the first 47 minutes of the first half it was really a case of “same old, same old” for Phillipe Coutinho, whose drop-off in form was one of the unwanted features of the end of the Brendan Rodgers reign and has also been apparent at the beginning of Klopp’s.
Thank heavens for that extra minute at the end of the first half then, when Coutinho was able to shift away from a challenge and coolly bend Liverpool level with the type of finish he made a speciality in the second half of last season, and ultimately the second half of this game – even if John Terry helped him somewhat.
If this is the start of a return to form, then his status as his club’s main man should be restored.
Eden Hazard’s Decline Has Reached A New Low
His crucial missed penalty in the midweek League Cup defeat at Stoke was unwelcome but it was still, well, the League Cup. Here, Eden Hazard – the best player bar none in the Premier League this season – was again anonymous and was replaced before the hour mark.
Nathaniel Clyne can rarely have had easier games as he was rarely tracked when he made forays forward and wasn’t troubled by the Belgian when he defended.
There is poor form and then there is worryingly poor form, and this looks to be the latter.
Mourinho’s Surly Attitude Isn’t As Clever As He Thinks It Is
What exactly is Jose Mourinho’s plan at the moment? The Chelsea boss seems to believe that by being in a permanent funk he’ll almost goad referees into giving his side marginal decisions.
Yet as was proven with Mark Clattenburg’s controversial choice not to send off a very lucky Lucas Leiva at 1-1, if anything it is an attitude which will rub referees up the wrong way.
If he’s constantly going to wind you up, why would you want to help him out?
Is This It Then?
And it is help that Mourinho sorely needs right now, as the prospect of his sacking loomed large long before Christian Benteke sealed this Liverpool win.
A tense few days is surely now in the offing, but with Roman Abramovich having proved before that he isn’t a man to take such underachievement lightly, this might end up being the last time we see Mourinho at Stamford Bridge.
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