Two second half goals from Sadio Mane earned Liverpool a comfortable 2-0 win over 10-man Chelsea in Sunday’s Premier League heavyweight clash at Stamford Bridge.
The game went in Liverpool’s favour after Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen was sent off at the end of the first half for hauling down Mane.
The Referee Paul Tierney initially booked Christensen, but was called back by VAR to consult the pitch side monitor and later changed his decision to a red card.
Sadio Mane got his first goal of the season in the 50th minute as he met Roberto Firmino’s cross with a thumping header after avoiding Reece James’ careless marking.
Mane was gifted his second goal as Chelsea keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga made a hash of trying to play out from the back, allowing the Liverpool forward to intercept the ball and slot into the empty net.
Klopp’s men who were by far the stronger side got the job done and its six points from six.
Liverpool’s latest signing Thiago Alcantara made his debut at half-time after his move from Bayern Munich, but the Spain midfielder conceded a 74th minute penalty with a foul on Timo Werner. Alisson Becker came to Thiago’s rescue as he saved Jorginho’s spot-kick.
According to Mane, “It was a tough game especially in the first half.
“When they got the red card it made it easier and in the second half we made many chances, scored two goals and deserved to win.
“The goal was a great ball from Henderson. I am used to them because he is a great player. I tried to make the runs and when Christensen made the foul I knew it was a red card.”