Liverpool and Chelsea both came into the game looking to keep their unbeaten run intact and progress to the next round of the cup. Both managers used this game to rotate their squad and give much-needed rest to some key payers ahead of their Premier League game on Saturday. The game started with not many chances, both sides looking far from their best, a typical cup game. Chelsea, however, had a few more chances in the first half at Anfield. Striker Alvaro Morata missed a couple of chances that he should have converted, one that went past the post and a free header that he sent over the crossbar.Β 

In the second half, however, Liverpool took the lead in the form of Daniel Sturridge who finished well just minutes after he missed an open net. Chelsea then equalized in the form of a close-range finish from Palmieri. The goal needed the VAR’s intervention to check for offside before it was allowed. Jurgen Klopp, the Liverpool manager in his post-match was upset that the VAR was not used well as he felt that the VAR clearly showed that Ross Barkley was in an offside position and even though the referee used the assistance of the VAR, he gave the wrong decision, feels Klopp.Β 

The second half substitution of Eden Hazard proved to be the key for Chelsea’s fortune. The Belgian superstar was quiet for much of the second half but burst into action as he beat Alberto Moreno to fire into the far post and give Chelsea the lead 5 minutes from time. This goal meant that Chelsea came from behind to beat the Premier League leaders and end their unbeaten start to their campaign. Liverpool will now seek for revenge as they travel to Stanford Bridge on Saturday for their Premier League encounter with the Blues.Β 

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