Chelsea 1-3 Liverpool: Mourinho on the brink as two-goal Coutinho earns Klopp first Premier League win

Chelsea 1-3 Liverpool: Mourinho on the brink as two-goal Coutinho earns Klopp first Premier League win

first_imgLiverpool ramped up the pressure on Jose Mourinho as they inflicted a SIXTH Premier League defeat of the season on Chelsea.The visitors fell behind to Ramires’ early header but fought back to claim a deserved three points, with Philippe Coutinho scoring twice and Christian Benteke adding a late third.Jurgen Klopp celebrated the win wildly, no surprise given it was his first in the Premier League since replacing Brendan Rodgers in the Anfield hotseat, but his managerial counterpart Mourinho wore the look of a man who knows his time could be up.Chelsea have won just three of their 11 league games this season and are 15th in the table following their latest defeat.Owner Roman Abramovich had given Mourinho a vote of confidence earlier this month, but with the club’s woeful form continuing, he may be forced to reconsider his stance.It had started so well for Mourinho’s men against Liverpool as they made the breakthrough inside four minutes.Ramires had not scored at Stamford Bridge since December 2013, but the midfielder showed a striker’s instinct to hold off Alberto Moreno and head home Cesar Azpilicueta’s pinpoint cross.Chelsea failed to build on their early breakthrough, however, and Liverpool enjoyed the majority of possession as they grew into the game.Coutinho, operating behind frontman Roberto Firmino, had looked their biggest threat throughout the first-half and it was the tricky Brazilian who pulled the visitors level two minutes into injury time.Receiving the ball on the edge of the box, Coutinho cut inside Ramires and curled a delightful left-footed shot past the despairing dive of Asmir Begovic.It was a deserved leveller for Liverpool and they continued to dominate possession when play resumed.Chelsea struggled to show any attacking edge and the anonymous Eden Hazard was replaced with Kenedy as Mourinho desperately attempted to spark his side into life, but it failed to have an effect.Liverpool, who were fortunate not to have Lucas sent off for a second bookable offence, continued to pile on the pressure and finally made their dominance pay on 74 minutes.Coutinho was the man to find the net again – the playmaker’s shot from the edge of the area deflecting off John Terry and past Begovic.With Chelsea looking bereft of confidence, a fightback never looked on the cards and the home side’s misery was compounded when Benteke, on as a substitute, struck a third for Liverpool late on. Coutinho celebrates 1last_img

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