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Liverpool were the better side in the first half as the Reds scored two goals from set-pieces in the first-half that helped them beat Chelsea 2-1 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
While Jurgen Klopp’s side were more dominant in the first half and had more of the ball, Chelsea became stronger in the second half and could easily have gotten back into the game.
The Blues had 61% possession in the second half compared to Liverpool’s 31% possession, and Chelsea attempted 9 shots compared to Liverpool’s three. But at the end, it was only N’Golo Kante who found the target as Chelsea missed a couple of chances that could have at least earned a point.
Kante who scored a superb solo goal was only returning from injury, and the Frenchman has admitted he feels happy to be back. He also revealed that the players entered the second-half with belief, which sparked a revived performance that almost led to a comeback.
“It was good to come back,” Kante said. “I was happy to come back in front of our fans and for this big game. I am disappointed by the result but I am happy to be back to help the team to try to win.
“We tried our best during the game and we are disappointed by the result. With the two set-pieces they scored they put us in difficulty but had some good chances. As soon as they scored to make it 2-0, we went in the changing room believing all together that we can do it and as soon as I scored, we had the chance to come back into the game but we were not able to get the result we wanted.”
Blues boss Frank Lampard was asked what he told his players following the 2-1 defeat, Lampard said: “I told them that I felt that we were right in the game.
“Tammy Abraham’s chance, the disallowed goal and the free-kick from them was fantastic.
“I said I don’t mind losing, I won’t take Sheffield United at home [which ended 2-2], but I can take today.”