Chelsea vs Liverpool Live English Premier League 2018 Online TV coverage.
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Chelsea continue their season in March/April 2018 as they move into the business end of the season. Chelsea have a real fight at their hands to qualify for Champions League next season and they must win games in the league consistently to get back in top four. They play important games against Liverpool, West Ham, Southampton and Huddersfield in April with possible FA Cup semifinal also scheduled at Wembley
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In the parallel universe which Jurgen Klopp imagined post-match, Ragnor Klavan was in exactly the right place to block Willian’s unconventional equalising goal, and from there one can only presume that Liverpool won the game, chalking up a statement victory over the champions.
Back in the real world, the cross that the Brazilian substitute hit to the far post looped over Simon Mignolet, vindicating Antonio Conte’s three second-half changes, and as ever Chelsea found a way to salvage something from a match they might have lost. Strictly speaking this was ground conceded in the Premier League title race to Manchester United, and probably Manchester City too, but you would not have known it from the way Antonio Conte celebrated at the end.
They scored their equaliser with five minutes of regulation time remaining, just when Liverpool were beginning to believe that the Premier League’s top goalscorer Mohamed Salah had given them a major victory. The Egyptian has ten goals in the league and is in bewitching form, the closest thing that Liverpool have to Chelsea’s star player Eden Hazard who was outstanding in the first half but never got the goal he threatened to score.
Klopp was left to bemoan what he said was referee Michael Oliver’s decision to block Liverpool’s late substitutions and attendant tactical changes because he thought they were an attempt to waste time. Klopp said it was that which prevented him from switching to a five-man defence for the closing stages. From the footage, with Adam Lallana and Sadio Mane warming up, it seemed that perhaps they were not as ready as Klopp thought they were.
“We wanted to bring a player on and you have to give advice [to the player] and he [Oliver] says ‘No’, and after the game I was not happy about it,” Klopp said. “I wanted to change. We did afterwards and went to five at the back. In my mind Ragnor Klavan would have been exactly in the position where Willian crossed the ball for the goal and we could have blocked the cross.
The mood was very much that this could have been so much better for Liverpool, and Klopp seemed regretful despite his reference to much worse things happening in this “crazy world”, a reference no doubt to the terrorist attack on the mosque in Sinai in Salah’s home nation. The player seemed to moderate his goal celebration for that reason. One presumes it was not out of deference to Chelsea, where he had a largely unhappy spell.
Klopp was asked whether Salah was in the right frame of mind to play and his answer was frank. “It’s not the place to talk about this,” he said. “Our life in football as professionals is [that] nobody cares how we feel. We have to deliver. Obviously he was able to do that.”
Klopp made the big decision to rest Mane and only introduce him late on, presumably on the basis that he is still coming back to fitness. Conte had done much the same after the mid-week Champions League trip to Azerbaijan, keeping Cesc Fabregas, Willian and Pedro on the bench and then unleashing them late. He started with Danny Drinkwater and Tiemoue Bakayoko in midfield, pointing out that it was important for these players to be trusted in big games.
“I am very happy to see a great reaction from my players,” Conte said.
“They had a great desire to fight and not accept a bad result against Liverpool. We drew level and tried to win the game. We must be pleased despite the draw.”
As for Willian’s cross that ended up in the back of Mignolet’s net, Conte said that it mattered little what the Brazilian intended, only what the consequences were. They have not lost in the league since that shock defeat to Crystal Palace on Oct 14 and you can that whatever their problems, this side have the grit that has distinguished Chelsea teams of the last 14 years.