Defending champions Liverpool have secured their second straight victory in the 2020-21 Premier League season with a superb 2-0 win over Chelsea as Sadio Mané proves his worth again with not one but two goals at Stamford Bridge tonight.
Towards the end of a goalless first half, Chelsea were down to 10 men as their centre back Andreas Christensen was given the marching orders after a foul on Sadio Mané in the stoppage time.
Liverpool stalwart Sadio Mané scores a brace within four minutes in the second half
Five minutes into the second half and the first strike came from the Senegalese winger after a calculated cross from Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino.
Mané scored his second in the 54th minute after a dreadful pass from the Chelsea keeper Kepa ended up in the legs of the Reds winger, who fired it into the net from six yards away.
The hosts missed their chance of scoring as Blues midfielder Jorginho failed to convert a spot-kick in the 74th minute.
Liverpool newcomer Thiago Alcântara made his Premier League debut at half time as a substitute for Jordan Henderson.
The red card changed the course of the game: Frank Lampard
Even though Frank Lampard acknowledged the horrible mistake from Kepa, he claimed that the red card of Christiensen had the most impact on the outcome.
“Big mistake. Clear mistake and when you reflect on the half without the mistake and the penalty we draw the game 1-1,” the Chelsea boss said after the game.
“I was concerned with how we would defend our box, first half we were brilliant at doing it but the red card changed the whole course of the game,” Lampard added.
With two wins from 1st two matches, Liverpool have now secured six points and will take on Arsenal on 29th September at Anfield.
Chelsea, on the other hand, are on 3 points and will travel to The Hawthorns to face West Brom on 26th September.