Jurgen Klopp emerged victorious in the battle between two of the most fiery managers in the Premier League as Liverpool won 2-1 against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. After the game, Blues manager Antonio Conte urged his team to learn their lessons from the defeat.
Two first-half goals from Dejan Lovren and Jordan Henderson were enough to sink the Blues at Stamford Bridge, despite mounting pressure from the home side after Diego Costa pegged one back in the second half.
This was manager Antonio Conte’s first defeat as Chelsea manager. After the game, he spoke about the club’s terrible finish last season, advising them to learn their lessons from this setback and urging them to ‘feel the danger’.
“We must feel the danger and sometimes we don’t, that is the truth,” said the Italian manager, according to Sky Sports. “We have to reflect a lot on this game because it is important to understand the situation if we don’t want to have another bad season.
“Chelsea is a great team but we must be a great team on the pitch and think like one. We have to pay attention in all situations and sometimes we don’t feel the danger.”
Chelsea were unbeaten in the run-up to the Liverpool game. After winning their first three games on the trot, they drew the game against Swansea last week. The Blues couldn’t manage to salvage a point this time around though, as the Reds dominated the first half and gave the home side a mountain to climb in the second.
The first loss under Conte has been met with dismay by the fans, with many asking for some big changes in his preferred starting lineup. The result is unlikely to do much for the confidence of the team as they face another big game next week against bitter local rivals Arsenal.
Chelsea have no European football this season, but they do have a mid-week fixture coming up before the Arsenal game. They take on Premier League champions Leicester City in the League Cup and Conte will be hoping for a much better showing against the Foxes.