Sadio Mane scores twice as Liverpool ease previous 10-man Chelsea

Sadio Mane’s brace sealed Liverpool’s 2-0 Premier League win at Chelsea after Andreas Christensen’s “crazy” red card and Kepa Arrizabalaga’s howler.

Mane scored his first league goals at Stamford Bridge when Liverpool pounced on defender Christensen’s sacking, slipped to victory and even debuted newcomer Thiago Alcantara in the second half.

Jorginho’s missed penalty twisted the knife at a frustrated Chelsea as the Italian midfielder lost his blues record of eight successful penalties.

Frank Lampard spent more than £ 200m on his summer overhaul, but Chelsea’s porous defenses are still lingering.

Sadio Mane was the match winner for Liverpool (Michael Regan / PA)

Kepa asked for a world record £ 72 million goalkeeper fee in 2018 but never lived up to the price, with this latest mistake possibly being his last in Chelsea colors in a while.

The 25-year-old inexplicably dawdled on the ball under heavy pressure from Mane and paid the ultimate price when the Liverpool striker blocked his shot and tapped into the empty net.

Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy is expected to finalize his move to Chelsea shortly and the additional competition between the sticks cannot come soon enough.

Manes’ opening goal came just four minutes earlier when the 28-year-old nodded Roberto Firmino’s beautiful cross.


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Chelsea kept in shape for most of the exciting first half and threatened several times – but then Christensen’s deserved red card changed the game.

The Danish national rugby player attacked the tied mane just as he was preparing to chip a stranded kepa.

A stunned Jurgen Klopp turned to his replacement in Liverpool and gave an instant assessment of Christensen’s agricultural challenge, yelling, “Are you crazy? We never, ever do that, OK? “

Chelsea are hoping that Brazil’s loyal Thiago Silva can step up his defense once the Paris St. Germain recruit finds his game fitness.

Alisson saved Jorginho’s penalty (Matt Dunham / PA)

Chelsea’s sturdy midfield with N’Golo Kante, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic provided the much needed stability and form, while Kai Havertz haunted the central areas so Timo Werner could intervene from the left.

Werner received a long reprieve when he was in danger with the goal, and the offside flag raised his embarrassment.

Mohamed Salah drilled a clever, low ball straight over goal as Liverpool threatened, but with no teammate going into the six yard box, the chance was begging.

Kovacic’s high pass called for a finish, but Mason Mount failed to reach the teasing chipped ball and the opportunity vanished.

Are you crazy? We never, ever do this, OK?

Jürgen Klopp after Andreas Christensen’s duel

Just as a hesitant half seemed to be heading for a monotonous conclusion, however, Mane tore in from the left and caught Christensen napping.

Christensen pulled down the fleeing mane, which had been struck by the charging Kepa – and finally received his marching orders.

Referee Paul Tierney initially handed out a booking, but a VAR check quickly identified the only decision Christensen had to make.

Lampard sacrificed Havertz at break, bringing in Fikayo Tomori to replace Christensen, while Thiago made his Liverpool debut after Jordan Henderson sustained a thigh problem.

Thiago time

A Boss Reds debut for @ Thiago6

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Liverpool wasted little time counting their extra man after the break, with Mane coming in after a neat exchange between Firmino and Salah.

And then came Kepa’s newest blues deviation, so Mane could add a second.

Chelsea kept fighting even though the game was over and Werner impressed when he won a clever penalty.

Jorginho’s miss summed up Chelsea’s day, however, with his previously rock-solid spot-kick technique being torn apart by Alisson’s fine save.

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