Liverpool suffered their first blemish of the new campaign as they succumbed to a 2-1 League Cup defeat at the hands of Chelsea on Wednesday night. Daniel Sturridge had given the Reds the edge in the third round Cup tie after scoring before the hour mark but the Blues produced an impressive comeback with late goals from Emerson and Eden Hazard – the latter being a stunning solo effort which was orchestrated from the centre of the park.
Two things we learned:
Eden Hazard scores again with a stunning solo effort: Hazard has been a positive influence for the Blues right from the start of the season and he had come into the Liverpool game, having failed to contribute a goal or an assist in just one encounter this term. As such, he was always fancied to make some kind of impact and he certainly did so at Anfield after scoring a wonderful solo goal as he exploited the space within the Reds backline. The move which started from midfield involved just one interchange of play from Hazard and his finish was equally impressive as he aimed for the side netting on the opposite end of Mignolet’s goal. Hazard has been released from the defensive work since Sarri took over at the helm and this appears to be bringing out the best of his abilities. He has now bagged six goals and two assists from just seven appearances this term.
Xherdan Shaqiri guilty of poor decision-making: The Switzerland international had a strong display in his Premier League debut for the Reds last weekend where he played his part in two of the three goals scored against Southampton. However, in the Cup, Shaqiri could not quite provide a similar performance and he was guilty of not taking a shot after he had a clear sight on goal when the Reds were 1-0 ahead. Thereafter, Shaqiri was entrusted with another free-kick in stoppage time where he took the wrong decision to aim towards the box and that certainly did not impress Jurgen Klopp who had an exchange of words with the attacker following the game. Noting on television, Shaqiri had the option of passing the ball to Mohamed Salah, who was clear without any pressure on the right side of the field but Shaqiri rather went with the direct option which failed to pay dividends.
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