Two days after the announcement of his signing for Liverpool, Thiago Alcántara made his debut with the ‘red’ shirt playing the second half nothing less than in the classic against Chelsea in Stamford Brige. A great debut for the already former Bayern midfielder, who came in to replace Jordan Henderson after the break: despite the former Barcelona player committing a penalty on Timo Werner, Alisson stopped Jorginho and the game, in which Thiago showed His good football ended in a 0-2 victory for Anfield, with a double by Sadio Mané and a mistake by Kepa in the second.
Andreas Christensen’s expulsion in minute 45 for his demolition of Mané decisively marked the match, in which they faced a great contender for the Premier, Frank Lampard’s Chelsea, the English club that has invested the most in signings (2,233 , 2 million euros) and the current champion, Liverpool of Jürgen Klopp.
Fabinho, central with Van Dijk
Liverpool jumped onto the Stamford Bridge pitch with Fabinho (who played a great game) at the center of the defense alongside Virgil van Dijk instead of Joe Gomez. Many waited to see what the performance of Timo Werner would be and he shone in the counterattack that resulted in Thiago’s maximum penalty over the German and in other sets. Kai Havertz, more gray, was the one sacrificed after the break for Fikayo Tomori to enter following the red to Christensen.
Chelsea and Liverpool were divided into dominance in the first half. Kepa made a mistake on his way out in the 14th minute, but Christensen saved Firmino’s shot. The break was reached without goals and with the Danish sent off in discount.
The Premier’s champion decided in the second half against Chelsea with ten. With Thiago wearing his game as a ‘network’. Mané scored the first goal in the 50th minute with a header, after a great cross from Roberto Firmino. And in the 53rd minute, Kepa made a serious delivery mistake and the Senegalese made it 0-2.
When, despite playing with ten, Chelsea tried to get into the match, they ran into Alisson, who saved the penalty from Jorginho and a shot from Tammy Abraham. After his failure in Mané’s second goal, Kepa ultimately avoided two Liverpool goals, the second from Mohamed Salah.