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Chelsea lost 2-0 at Anfield on Sunday and former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino has slammed the Blues for playing with a small-club mentality at Anfield.

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri opted to play without a recognised striker and instead played Eden Hazard as a false nine. The Blues were outplayed at Anfield and only burst into life after Mo Salah made it 2-0 for Liverpool.

“Liverpool’s performance against Chelsea was as impressive as any they have given in the Premier League for a few months,” Cascarino told the Times.

“They had good intensity – particularly after half-time – and they controlled the game.

“Chelsea were disappointing, playing with a small-club mentality and, but for the odd flash of creativity involving Eden Hazard, they didn’t look like they could even take a point off Liverpool.”

Meanwhile, Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri admitted after the game that his plan was to defend and keep the game at 0-0 before attacking for the last 20 or 25 minutes.

Sarri said: “We were a little bit low in defending at the beginning of the second half but we also defended a little bit low at the start of the first half, because Liverpool are able to approach the start of the first and the second halves in a very strong way. So it is not easy to play against them in that moment.

“If we were able to pass the first 10 minutes [of the second half] with the same result, in the last 20 or 25 minutes we could find a lot of spaces, because Liverpool needed to win, and so the target was to arrive in the last 20 to 25 minutes 0-0.”

Sarri also revealed that Chelsea were unlucky wit Liverpool’s quickfire second goal and the missed chances.

Sarri said: “Of course Liverpool are one of the best teams in Europe at this moment, they played very well for 90 minutes but we stayed in the match very well today.

“We were a little unlucky for the timing of the second goal. Salah is a talent, his goal was wonderful, but we were little bit unlucky for the timing and then a little bit unlucky as in three minutes we had three goal opportunities, two for Hazard and one for Higuain and we hit the post.”

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