Coutinho Brace Sees Liverpool Bury Chelsea
Teams: Chelsea 1-3 Liverpool
Date: 31 October 2015
Venue: Stamford Bridge
A brace from Philippe Coutinho saw Liverpool pile on the pressure for Chelsea with a convincing 3-1 win at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Jose Mourinho's charges made the perfect start to the clash as they took the lead after only four minutes. Azpilicueta did great work down the left wing before crossing for Ramires to nod home the opening goal.
The Reds had a big chance at the other end of the pitch in the 19th minute when building pressure on the hosts resulted in a shot from Adam Lallana who saw his low effort saved by Asmir Begovic.
Lallana had another chance in the 26th minute. The returning James Milner created the opportunity with a cross from the right, but Lallana's shot was straight at the keeper.
The equaliser was always on the cards and arrived in first-half stoppage time. Coutinho got the ball on the edge of the area and faked a shot before sending a curling strike into the top left corner of the net.
Chelsea threatened to reclaim their lead in the 72nd minute when Oscar unleashed a great shot on target but Simon Mignolet did well to parry the attempt.
Jurgen Klopp's men took the lead for the first time two minutes later. Coutinho was the man of the moment again as he pounced on Christian Benteke's nod in the box to curl another shot past Begovic.
The result was well and truly secured with seven minutes of normal time left on the clock. Benteke was allowed acres of space on the edge of the Chelsea area and he took advantage, taking a touch before rifling home the visitors' third.
Here's how they lined up:
Chelsea: Begovic; Zouma, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Mikel, Ramires; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Costa.
Liverpool: Mignolet; Clyne, Skrtel, Sakho, Moreno; Lucas, Can; Milner, Lallana, Coutinho; Firmino.