‘Energetic and brave’ – National media deliver verdict on Chelsea’s win over Liverpool

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‘Energetic and brave’ – National media deliver verdict on Chelsea’s win over Liverpool

Chelsea moved into the top four thanks to a 1-0 win away to Liverpool as they inflicted a fifth consecutive defeat on the Reds at Anfield.

Mason Mount’s goal shortly before half-time was the difference between the two teams but it could have been as the Blues created most of the clear cut chances and Timo Werner had a goal ruled out for offside by the smallest of margins.

The win extended Chelsea’s unbeaten run under new manager Thomas Tuchel to 10 games in all competitions.

Only Manchester City have picked up more points from the German’s eight league games in charge, with 24 compared to their 18.

But what did the national media think of the win? Here is a rundown of their thoughts on the matter.

The Sun

Dave Kidd wrote for The Sun: “The England man was here, there and everywhere – he was even on a deodorant commercial during the half-time ad break on Sky Sports.

“That was always nonsense. Lampard, Southgate and Tuchel all know a serious player when they see one – and Mount is one of those.”

He also wrote how this Chelsea is a “leaner, meaner” side than it was under Frank Lampard.

Daily Mail

Ian Ladyman wrote for the Daily Mail: “A football tale of lost and found. Liverpool bereft, bewildered, and beaten yet again. That’s five in a row now at Anfield. It has never happened before.

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“Remember they used to claim Mount was Frank Lampard’s teacher’s pet and Gareth Southgate’s too?

“That was always nonsense. Lampard, Southgate and Tuchel all know a serious player when they see one – and Mount is one of those.”

He also wrote how this Chelsea is a “leaner, meaner” side than it was under Frank Lampard.

Daily Mail

Ian Ladyman wrote for the Daily Mail: “A football tale of lost and found. Liverpool bereft, bewildered, and beaten yet again. That’s five in a row now at Anfield. It has never happened before.

Chelsea, meanwhile, have rediscovered all that joy, confidence, and zest that went missing during the latter days of Frank Lampard. This was a victory that looked likely from the very first moments.

“Under their new and unbeaten coach Thomas Tuchel, Chelsea are back in the conversation for a Champions League place.

“This win took them fourth, only four points behind static Manchester United in second, and they were absolutely terrific. Clever, positive, energetic, and brave.

“As for Liverpool, our faded, jaded Premier League champions, Jurgen Klopp’s team still look to be travelling backwards at a time when they need to take some giant strides forwards.

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“They have taken 12 points from their last 13 league games and that, as startling as it sounds, is relegation form.

Here Liverpool were beaten by a Mason Mount goal towards the end of the first half. It was a terrific, quick, agile goal and was typical of Chelsea’s football and indeed Mount’s contribution.

“What a player the young attacker is. He, at least, will always have something to thank the departed Lampard for but this is very much Tuchel’s team now.”

Telegraph

Sam Wallace wrote for The Telegraph: “The question at full-time that hung over an empty Anfield echoing to the whoops and shrieks of celebrating Chelsea players is whether a home defeat any longer counts as a shock for the team still known as defending champions by convention alone.

“Currently they are defending nothing of what they won last season – beaten again, for the seventh time in 13 league games, and this the unprecedented fifth in a row at home.

“A game that was lost to a Thomas Tuchel team that is resurgent under their new German manager, while in the other technical area the greatest German manager that the English game has known seemed to be running out of options.

Thomas Tuchel celebrates Chelsea's win at Liverpool

“Ten games so far and no defeats yet, with this one sealed by a moment of exceptional skill at the end of the first half by Mason Mount, the most effective player on the pitch.

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“Tuchel still has his problems, primarily the frazzled confidence of Timo Werner but the team is back. “Super-happy” was how the coach described his response to his first ten games in charge.

“This is a brave team and in big games they show up,” he said.”

Mirror

Andy Dunn wrote for The Mirror: “With a shift to his right and an unerring finish into the bottom corner, Mason Mount delivered final confirmation.

“Final confirmation that the reason he was treasured by Frank Lampard, why he is prized by Gareth Southgate, is that he is a mighty fine player. One of England’s best.

“Everything he does shows a young player with a brilliant footballing brain and the execution skills to match.

“He was too clever, too sharp for Liverpool to handle, typifying the current difference between these two teams.

“If you had to choose one of these to back for a top four finish, it would be Thomas Tuchel’s team, particularly as Liverpool’s issues at the back continue.”

He added: “In contrast, this is a Chelsea team that seems to know exactly what is required under Tuchel.

“Disciplined, hard-working, bright, imaginative but sensible. Just like Mason Mount.”


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