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Lampard had otherwise played a much more cautious game, which was more difficult to fault.It made sense against a side as good on the front foot as Liverpool, and especially when he was missing four of his new signings and Christian Pulisic.It meant this was never really going to be the new Chelsea unleashed, and that certainly wasn’t the case in terms of approach.It was a side sitting back and looking to play on the counter. Alongside that, it’s impossible to have any confidence in him. Liverpool 4-3 Leeds. Firmino played the ball sideways to Salah and set off for the return beyond Marcos Alonso, who seemed to be reading the moment in morse code, turning with all the instant snap of a cargo steamship performing a mid-Atlantic U-turn.The pass from Salah was a lovely little thing, the ball spun and cushioned off the inside of his left foot. The official Liverpool FC website. It was only a matter of time until a canny goalkeeper was going to use it against him.That meant there was no late push from Chelsea. But this was also a game that turned around two managerial decisions: one forced by a lack of players; the other pulled out of an excess of them.First Klopp was obliged to play Fabinho in central defence. It allows our most engaged readers to debate the big issues, share their own experiences, discuss real-world solutions, and more. They play a lot because – let’s be quite clear – they’re brutally, relentlessly good.There is a kind of paradox to this. 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Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? Arsenal vs Liverpool Highlights and Full Match Competition: Community Shield Date: Sat, 29 Aug 2020 Stadium: Wembley Referee: Andre Marriner. Liverpool have moved a step closer to signing midfielder Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich. Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool - Aubameyang and Minamino goals, highlights and penalty shoot-out from Community Shield. It might have been 1-0 then.The consolation for Frank Lampard is not just that one of the primary issues with this team is obvious, but that they already have a solution in Edouard Mendy.As to whether you can have some sympathy for the Chelsea boss in the circumstances, that’s a little harder to say.The goalkeeping position is one that evidently requires complete decisiveness from the manager. 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Liverpool have made contact with Bayern Munich over the transfer of midfielder Thiago Alcantara,Use your head like Sadio and subscribe to the Liverpool FC newsletter.Liverpool have moved a step closer to signing midfielder Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich.The Reds have made their move to sign the 29-year-old playmaker from the Bundesliga champions, who has less than a year on his current deal.It is believed Thiago is keen to move to Merseyside but terms have not yet been finalised, despite reports of a four-year deal being agreed earlier this year.Thiago has spent seven years in Munich after arriving from Barcelona in the summer of 2013, but things could have gone very differently.It has been claimed that Thiago was a “leaving present” to former United boss David Moyes from Sir Alex Ferguson who retired from management that year.The claim goes on to suggest that, despite years of scouting an everything being agreed, Moyes opted against signing Thiago because he did not know enough about the player.Thiago has gone on to score 31 goals and provide 37 assists for Bayern since his arrival, as well as help win seven Bundesliga titles and the Champions League last month.When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. At times this felt like a Mané highlights reel, or a Mané instructional video included with your brand new Sadio Mané. Sometimes this servers may include advertisments. The most insightful comments on all subjects will be published daily in dedicated articles. It fittingly felt like a nadir, and this may be the end of his time at Chelsea.That’s how bad it’s got for a goalkeeper that is now almost certain to be discarded.His imperfect form aids Liverpool’s perfect start.The new Chelsea must wait. Liverpool 4-3 Leeds: Mohamed Salah nets opening-day hat-trick in thriller Report and highlights as newly-promoted Leeds light up Anfield after 16 years away but leave empty-handed The goalkeeper attempted to clip a pass forward, only to find Mane already on top of him. Three years on that Liverpool front three, so more than the sum of its parts, remains the standard.Available for everyone, funded by readers.© 2020 Guardian News & Media Limited or its affiliated companies. Chelsea 0-2 Liverpool: The Reds capitalised on their man advantage after Andreas Christensen’s red card for a foul on Mane. They eventually prised Chelsea open, knowing their opportunity would come.The first goal was a supreme example of this, Liverpool working their way towards goal superbly until Roberto Firmino crossed for Mane. Earlier on at 0-0, he’d rashly rushed out to try and close down Mohamed Salah, showing no command of his area, but almost showing Liverpool the way to goal. Why not start Willy Caballero?The player at the other end of the pitch only emphasised this. One of these decisions worked. Full stats on LFC players, club products, official partners and lots more. Miguel Delaney. Post-Match. Forward combinations can be as mysterious, as evasive as frustratingly difficult to work as finding the perfect midfield balance or drilling a defence. Fabinho, however, twice dealt with him superbly. Live updates from Wembley Stadium as Premier League champions Liverpool … It was his alertness and aggression that so unsettled Kepa for the key moment. It will take a little longer to find his best role. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scores a superb goal and nets the winning penalty in a shootout as Arsenal beat Premier League champions Liverpool in the Community Shield. It’s been three seasons, chaps, and they’re still doing pretty much the same thing, still moving the same way, still combining in the same patterns.Mané in particular was brilliant at Stamford Bridge. ... At times this felt like a Mané highlights reel, or a Mané instructional video included with your brand new Sadio Mané. Our journalists will try to respond by joining the threads when they can to create a true meeting of independent Premium. Highlights. The only statement in this much-hyped match came from the champions, and especially from the brilliant Sadio Mane, who scored twice. Liverpool are overly reliant on their front three. Christensen pulled Mané down with a rugby-style smother-tackle across the shoulders. Chief Football Writer @MiguelDelaney. Mané swivelled and flicked the ball into the top corner with cinematic power.Finally there was the show‑ stopping piece of pressing that allowed Mané to read Kepa Arrizabalaga’s wretched attempt to play a straight pass out of his six-yard box, a pass not so much telegraphed as faxed in triplicate and reposted by registered mail just to be sure.Mané took it on his toe, sniped right and spanked the ball into the net to make it 2-0. Is it any wonder Kepa was even more off than usual? Liverpool haven’t looked back.As if to only emphasise the point, Alisson’s assertiveness ultimately unnerved Jorginho, as he finally had that penalty routine rumbled.It is actually surprising that hadn’t happened before this, especially when it’s not like the Italian is sticking it in the corner. It always felt a matter of time until a Kepa error would come, too. Pre Match. Goals: Salah pen 4′ 33′ pen 87′, Van Dijk 20′; Harrison 12′, Bamford 30′, Klich 67′ If that meant Kai Havertz was reduced to playing the role of a target man, it actually suited elements of Timo Werner’s game, given the pace that has been so spoken about.The threat hanging over Liverpool the whole game was the German suddenly being released. The great problem is that the error for the second goal wasn’t even in his only one for the game. All rights reserved. 1st Half. Liverpool’s front three do play a lot. Sadio Mané, Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino combined to stunning effect to remind us they remain the standard-setters.Liverpool haven’t signed any quality attackers. Beyond them Kepa Arrizabalaga came haring out of his area, entering the goalkeeping no-man’s land that more or less guarantees a jink and a roll into the net. But neither are true enough to outrank another more palpable fact: the continuing sharp-edged brilliance of Jürgen Klopp’s existing front three.On a slow-burn afternoon at Stamford Bridge, Sadio Mané, Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah were once again an irrepressible source of incision, and the decisive hand in what was ultimately a perspiration-free.There has been a temptation to worry away at this Liverpool team. From there Liverpool could spend the rest of this game enjoying what was in effect an extended warm-down; plus a chance to enjoy Thiago Alcântara’s ability to inflict a lingering death by lactic acid on opponents forced to chase the ball.Another kill, then, for Liverpool’s attacking trident. Last season's champions show the level - and it involves a goalkeeper you're certain of.Sadio Mane celebrates with Roberto Firmino.Independent Premium Comments can be posted by members of our membership scheme, Independent Premium. The Premier League is a notoriously reactive place. Martin Atkinson flourished a yellow card, incorrectly. A brief frown at the VAR screen was all it took to upgrade to red.Then there was the finish for the opening goal, albeit this was a moment that highlighted above all the sublime, deceptively simple interplay between that attacking trident. The only place to visit for all your LFC news, videos, history and match information. Premier League, Anfield September 12, 2020. Second Frank Lampard chose to play Werner on the left of his attack, no doubt in part to isolate a makeshift centre-half and an overly advanced right-back against Werner’s speed and lateral spring. First there was brilliant movement as Mané produced a fine veering run, leaving Jordan Henderson with no option but to play a flat long pass from inside his own half, taking a scalpel to Chelsea’s defensive rump with a single swing of the boot.Mané veered in on goal, coming across Andreas Christensen to block his challenge. Firmino crossed without breaking stride. You can also choose to be emailed when someone replies to your comment.The existing Open Comments threads will continue to exist for those who do not subscribe to Independent Premium. Thiago Alcantara also offered a polished debut from the bench, Liverpool ultimately going ahead after he came on and Andreas Christensen went off with a red card. Start your Independent Premium subscription today.As Liverpool continue to show they have so many ways to win, Kepa Arrizabalaga shows he has so many ways to mess up.It was this time a blocked pass, that sealed a 2-0 defeat for Chelsea. There was only one moment when the game was in the balance that he got free to tear at Liverpool, shooting narrowly wide in the first half.But that was about as good as it got, other than Werner going down for the penalty.If he was forced to wait for opportunities, Liverpool were more than ready to be patient. It was always going to be difficult with 10 men anyway.The irony of Christensen’s red card was that it came when Chelsea had themselves pushed up, the centre-half almost rugby tackling Mane when through. If a player is suffering a poor run of form and clearly doubting his confidence, his boss can inadvertently feed into that. 2nd Half. The start of the season was marked by vague talk about front-three dependence, driven not by any diminishing powers but by the sheer volume of football played by that well-seasoned Mo-Mané-Bobby front three.There is something a little counterintuitive about this. Jurgen Klopp faced a similar issue with Loris Karius, only to act decisively and authoritatively by going out and getting the goalkeeper that was just perfect for him. Opponents learn your strengths, find ways to mitigate and diminish them. The other didn’t.Werner did get the chance to run at Fabinho, but was capably dealt with by a stand-in who has played in central defence for Liverpool and for Brazil, and who was a right-back at Monaco. It felt like sacrificing a strength– Werner through the middle – to pry at what was only a theoretical weakness.Inside Werner Kai Havertz was just an absence.