MATCH REPORT: Magnificent Mount sends Chelsea fourth as champions Liverpool continue to struggle.
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- SalahDiogo Jota62'
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Liverpool - Chelsea
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FULL TIME: Liverpool 0-1 Chelsea. Mount's first-half goal moves Chelsea into fourth and condemns Liverpool to a fifth straight Anfield defeat. The champions are four points off the Blues in seventh and facing a real fight to make Europe via the league this term. Salah was subbed just past the hour and there could be more on that in the hours and days that follow given the Egyptian was clearly unhappy at being replaced.
- OffTimo WernerChelsea
- OnKai HavertzChelsea
CHELSEA CHANGE: Werner off, Havertz on.
Three minutes added. It's all Liverpool now.
Can Liverpool create one big chance? It's not looked likely despite plenty of huffing and puffing. The run of defeats at Anfield could be about to reach five on the spin. Incredible given they had gone 68-games unbeaten in L4.
Wijnaldum has a header on target but it's easy enough for Mendy. Firmino had opened Chelsea up on the left but Robertson couldn't make anything of the cross.
The Mo Salah change could feature prominently post match.
As it stands, Chelsea will move up to fourth. Liverpool will be down in seventh having played a game more than a number of the sides around them.
- OffMason MountChelsea
- OnMateo KovacicChelsea
CHELSEA CHANGE: Mount off, Kovacic on.
- OnJames MilnerLiverpool
LIVERPOOL CHANGE: Milner on for Thiago.
Liverpool are preparing to bring on Milner. Again, not sure about Klopp's choice given they are 1-0 down.
SAVE! Chelsea spring forward and almost seal the game. Mount drifts in from the left and teases a pass towards the run of Werner, but the Blues striker can't clip his shot beyond the advancing Alisson. Good stop from the Brazilian.
Liverpool are pressing without really making that well-drilled Chelsea rearguard creak.
- OffHakim ZiyechChelsea
- OnChristian PulisicChelsea
CHELSEA CHANGE: Pulisic on for Ziyech.
It's fair to say that Tuchel will be delighted to have seen Salah come off. It's a strange change if there's no injury involved.
Salah is shaking his head on the bench. He can't believe he's been taken off.
Liverpool have not had a shot on target yet. Chelsea have had five.
Firmino meets Robertson's left-wing cross but flicks his header well wide.
- OffMohamed SalahLiverpool
- OnDiogo JotaLiverpool
LIVERPOOL CHANGE: Jota on, Jones off.
- OffCurtis JonesLiverpool
- OnAlex Oxlade-ChamberlainLiverpool
LIVERPOOL CHANGE: Salah off, Oxlade Chamberlain on.
Alexander Arnold tries his luck from 35 yards and sees it blocked. Liverpool are lacking ideas when they need to probe and be patient.
Almost Jota time. Klopp has seen enough.
CLOSE! Werner is a whisker away from connecting with Ziyech's arced pass into the box.
OFF THE LINE! Chelsea carve the hosts open once more. Ziyech gets his shot beyond Alisson but Robertson is well placed to hack it off the line.
Liverpool just about survive another Chelsea attack where the visitors caught that high line out. Chilwell cut the ball back too far from the byline and Kante took too long lining up the shot.
Fabinho meets TAA's right-wing corner but can't direct his header on target.
There's a nervy moment or so for Kante after VAR checks the ball hitting his hand from Firmino's cross. To be fair, the Chelsea man was very close to the Brazilian. It would be a very harsh award and VAR agrees it's not a spot kick.
That was more like the Liverpool of old. Mane races at the heart of the Blues defence with purpose. He lays it wide to TAA, who drills a low ball into the six-yard box, but there's no red shirt there to provide a finish.
How long until Klopp turns to Jota?
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KICK OFF! Liverpool get us back underway attacking the Kop end.
- End of 1st Half
HT: Liverpool 0-1 Chelsea.
One minute added.
VIDEO: Take a bow Mr Mount.
- GoalMason MountChelsea
GOAL! Mount surges on to Kante's ball over the top. He jinks in from the left and rifles a wonderful right-foot shot into the far corner.
Will it stretch to a dozen? STAT - Liverpool have scored just one first-half goal in their past 11 Premier League fixtures.
Chelsea look to cut through Liverpool's high line again. Mount jinks in from the left and feeds Ziyech, but his first-time strike hits a red shirt and flies to safety.
A dangerous Chelsea move ends with Mount volleying high into the Kop.
Mane and Salah look to combine but a promising counter attack flitters out as the Egyptian isn't on the same wavelength as his fellow attackers.
VIDEO: Werner's goal is ruled out by VAR.
Salah arcs a superb first-time ball in-behind for Mane. The late run catches Chelsea out, but Mane completely miscues his attempted volley and it barely counts as a strike at goal. The visitors clear.
It was such a close call. Werner should have cut his finger nails before kick off.... He is supposedly ahead of Robertson, but it's so, so tight.
NO GOAL! VAR has made the call Werner was just offside as he looked to catch out Liverpool's high line. Still 0-0.
VAR is checking for offside...
GOAL! Werner races on to a long ball over the top, evades the frantic charge of Alisson and beats Kabak to the loose ball to tap into an empty net.
True. Still 0-0 though.
It's been a good spell for the Blues. They come again and look rather threatening before Azpilicueta rifles just over from 25 yards out.
BIG CHANCE! Thiago can't reach a flick over the top and Werner is clear in the area. He snatches at his shot despite being in acres of space and hits it straight at Alisson. Let off for the hosts.
VIDEO: Werner fires just wide.
Liverpool are looking for a high ball down the left for Robertson quite a lot. Kabak has launched a couple already. Mane drifting infield to free the space for the left back to maraud.
CLOSE! Werner takes a high ball out of the sky just outside the Liverpool area and in an instant swerves a shot just wide of Alisson's left-hand post.
STAT: Klopp is unbeaten in his five home league matches against Chelsea. The German has won two and drawn three.
Robertson seizes upon an error from James. He lays it across to Salah, who turns down Alexander Arnold's overlap. He looks back to Robertson who skews well wide from 22 yards out.
Alert goalkeeping from Mendy as he charges out of his box to hack clear with Salah lurking.
League head to head at Anfield: Liverpool 48 wins, 18 draws, Chelsea 11 wins.
Liverpool with most of the ball early on. They need to set a much higher tempo here. In recent defeats on home turf they've been far too slow-paced. Chelsea will look to get in-behind the high line with Werner and the German has already made one promising run into the right-hand channel.
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KICK OFF! Chelsea get us underway after a minute of applause in memory of Ian St John. RIP Saint.
N’Golo Kante on Tuchel: "He’s very demanding. He asks the team to play in a certain way and insists on some little details but there are many ways to do things. We want to achieve some good things at the end of the season. We are in three competitions and if we can get one or two trophies then it will be very good for us."
Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish is 70 today. He’ll be hoping the Reds can give him the birthday gift of a win and has spoken of Liverpool’s huge faith in Klopp: A tape is not long enough to measure what belief we have in Jurgen. He has been fantastic for the football club. This is the time, after it had all been going so well, when he really needs people around him. He's got things in perspective. When he was getting success he was sharing it with everybody else, cuddling the players and waving to the crowd. He never got carried away.”
TOP FOUR UPDATE: Everton's match at West Brom has just finished and the Toffees have moved into fourth spot on 46 points courtesy of a 1-0 victory. West Ham are fifth on 45 points, Chelsea are fifth on 44 and Liverpool are down in seventh on 43. They have all played 26 games. Liverpool or Chelsea would go fourth with a win later tonight though.
Good news for Liverpool - but bad for Chelsea? Today's paper round suggests Erling Haaland would consider a move to three PL sides.
Werner: “You can always learn more from the bad situations. I learned to trust in myself, to give everything on the pitch, not only think about goals and fight for the team. Now I hope this period is gone and I score a few more goals until the end of the season."
Klopp: “We are still a good team but a lot of things have happened this season and if you want to win the league in England you have to play a nearly perfect season. You can see that now with City. They did not start perfectly but they obviously now are in a mood where it looks like perfection. Results wise, one hundred per cent. Performance wise, not far away. That is the season you have to play to become champions in England."
Tuchel on Liverpool and Man City: “For me, those two teams are still the benchmark. We want to close the gap and the gap is not too big that we cannot close it in weeks and months. This is the target." He added: They (Liverpool) dropped points, sometimes deserved but many times not deserved, and there was also a streak of very unlucky results. It is one of the strongest teams in Europe. One of the best managers in Europe, but we are confident enough."
A perfect pre-match piece from Eurosport's very own Pete Sharland. Here he takes a closer look at the Klopp-Tuchel rivalry.
Meanwhile, Liverpool also make two changes. Notably, Alisson is back in goal after missing the win at Sheff United due to his father’s death. Fabinho also returns following injury. He replaces Nat Phillips who is not in the squad. Diogo Jota is on the bench following a lengthy injury lay off.
Chelsea make two changes to the team that drew with Manchester United. Timo Werner and Jorginho come in for Callum Hudson-Odoi and Mateo Kovacic.
CONFIRMED TEAMS - LIVERPOOL: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Kabak, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Jones, Thiago, Mane, Firmino, Salah... Subs: Adrian, Milner, Keita, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jota, Shaqiri, Origi, R Williams, N Williams. /// CHELSEA: Mendy, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger, James, Jorginho, Kante, Chilwell, Ziyech, Mount, Werner... Subs: Kepa, Alonso, Pulisic, Zouma, Kovacic, Giroud, Hudson-Odoi, Havertz, Emerson.
Hello and welcome to LIVE updates of what could well be a highly significant encounter in the battle to finish in the top four. Champions Liverpool will be desperate to end their recent Anfield woes and pick up three vital points against one of their main rivals for the Champions League berths. However, fifth-placed Chelsea are proving a tough nut to crack under Thomas Tuchel and will be confident they can enhance their own late season surge. Kick off 20:15 GMT.