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Good evening, football fans around the globe. Welcome to Nigerianeye's live text coverage of the Premier League meeting between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.

Both sides have made a positive start to the season, but it is the hosts who have amassed more points with 10 from the first 12 on offer.

Antonio Conte's men slipped up against Swansea City last time out, however, failing to make their dominance count and only leaving with a draw, while Jurgen Klopp's Reds put champions Leicester City to the sword by earning a 4-1 win.

It is the visiting side who boast the better record here in recent times, too, but can they continue their impressive run in West London this evening? Find out below.


CHELSEA: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, David Luiz, Azpilicueta; Kante; Willian, Oscar, Matic, Hazard; Costa
CHELSEA SUBS: Begovic, Aina, Marcos Alonso, Fabregas, Pedro, Moses, Batshuayi

LIVERPOOL: Mignolet; Clyne, Matip, Lovren, Milner; Henderson, Wijnaldum; Lallana, Coutinho, Mane; Sturridge
LIVERPOOL SUBS: Karius, Lucas, Stewart, Origi, Moreno, Grujic, Ejaria

The full-time whistle sounds at Stamford Bridge, meaning back-to-back wins at Stamford Bridge for Liverpool, who are certainly beginning to enjoy their trips to West London. It was a poor second half in terms of entertainment, as the Blues could muster just one serious attacking move which would ultimately end with Diego Costa scoring their consolation goal. Thanks for joining our live coverage of the match.


90+2 min Three quarters of Stamford Bridge now emptying, as Liverpool defend a cross into the box and earn a free kick. Mignolet will punt this high up the field to surely signal three more points for the Reds on enemy territory.

90 min LIVERPOOL SUB! Final change of the night is made - Kevin Stewart replacing Wijnaldum, who picked up a knock five minutes ago. Three minutes of added time to come; three minutes for Liverpool to see out the danger.

88 min YELLOW CARD! Lucas is booked two minutes from time but, more importantly, Luiz has a chance to take on the free kick from 22 yards out. The Brazilian instead leaves it for Fabregas, who simply lifted the ball into the wall. Poor!

86 min Wijnaldum has picked up an injury but will remain on the pitch for the time being. Chelsea have not deserved a second goal on the balance of their performance over the past 86 minutes, but they have already scored one out of nothing and could so easily do it again late on.

84 min SUBS! You wait all evening for a Chelsea sub and then.... Triple alteration for the hosts, with Moses, Fabregas and Pedro coming on for Matic, Oscar and Willian. Coutinho has also made way for Lucas as Klopp goes a little more defensive.

82 min SAVE! Liverpool's best moment of the half, as Milner's deflected cross is perfectly met by Origi five yards out. The Belgian nodded the ball into the ground but compatriot Courtois was across brilliantly to push it aside.

80 min Still just the one goal in this game, which keeps things interesting, but it is fair to say this has otherwise been an extremely underwhelming half of football. Two shots on target - one ending in the net and the other seeing Mignolet keep out Costa.

78 min Clyne still getting high up the pitch down the right, sending in a cross that just has a little too much on it in the end. Coutinho turns and shoots from the next move, but Cahill was there to block the ball aside. Twelve minutes left!

76 min Willian drives a cross into the box which deflects up into the air for Mignolet to collect with ease. So very little happening at the moment, with neither team looking like scoring, which will clearly suit the visitors just fine.

74 min We are now well into the final quarter of the match and, incredibly, Conte has decided against turning to his bench. Bar his goal, Costa has been very quiet today, while Hazard and Willian have also been non-existent at times (cue all three linking up for a goal...)

72 min Still just the one shot on target this half, which came via Costa to make it 2-1, in what has been an energetic game but not quite provided as much entertainment as last week's Manchester derby. The conclusion may be just as gripping, though, with still just that one goal in it.

70 min Mignolet taking as much time as possible from each goal-kick now, but his latest punt up the field is worked well to Origi. The Belgian was disappointingly flagged for offside, though, denying him a chance to add a third goal for his side.

68 min Milner's corner is nodded wide and from that Chelsea break. They are unable to test Mignolet but that move shows that Klopp may be living dangerously - a change in tact might well be needed, with just over 20 minutes left to play in West London.

66 min Got to say that Conte does deserve credit for deciding against making a change, but even now, with 66 minutes played, he has still yet to turn to his bench. Fabregas's days at Stamford Bridge really do look to be numbered at this rate.

64 min SAVE! Things are very interesting all of a sudden, as Liverpool - comfortable since going ahead in the opening quarter of the match - are now on the back foot. Oscar nodded the ball down for Costa, who saw his shot parried by Mignolet.

62 min Well from absolutely nowhere, Chelsea are right back in this game through yet another Diego Costa goal - his fifth of the season already. Matic, looking very tired over the past few minutes, does well to get to the byline and stand the ball up for his teammate, who had the task of prodding home from a five yards out. Game on at The Bridge!


60 min Liverpool really enjoying themselves in the opposition's final third now, knocking around countless passes knowing that they are under no pressure to find that killer final pass. An hour now on the clock and Conte still decides not to bring on attacking back-up.

58 min LIVERPOOL SUB! Just short of an hour played and it is Klopp who makes the first change of the evening by bringing on Origi for Sturridge. Fresh legs in an already energetic attack - just what Conte wanted!

56 min Ivanovic has the beating of Milner and bursts into the box, only to seemingly be brought down by his opponent. Referee Martin Atkinson felt that the contact was too minimal to award a penalty, though, and the appeals were very quiet.

54 min Liverpool keeping things nice and calm, which is eating up more and more time. Conte certainly keeping faith in his starting lineup, but Batshuayi, Moses, Pedro and Fabregas - as well as many of the 41,514 in attendance - are all waiting for that first change.

52 min A positive spell of pressure form the hosts, as Willian sends in a tasty cross which Mignolet is happy to punch as far away as possible. The Blues just could not compose themselves in the next wave to get a clear shot away at goal.

50 min No change in terms of the way this game is heading, even if Chelsea are more aggressive in their pursuit of getting the ball towards Costa. Can't quite understand why Fabregas isn't on the field right now, with 40 minutes left to find two goals.

48 min The Reds in a perfect position now, as they can just sit off and hit their opponents at the counter - something they do better than any other side when looking at the statistics. There is an attempt to up the tempo from the hosts but to no avail thus far.

46 min RESTART! We are back under way at Stamford Bridge where, surprisingly, no changes have been made at the interval by Conte. The Italian will no doubt spring into action if things do not improve in the opening five minutes of this half.

Referee Martin Atkinson sounds the half-time whistle, meaning that Liverpool take a convincing 2-0 lead into the interval. It has been Chelsea's worst performance of the season so far; a complete contrast to what we saw last week when they were so dominant in the opening 45 minutes at Swansea.


45+1 min Really good play by Henderson, who prevents a quick Chelsea break with a fine tackle and even wins his side a throw-in in the process. Willian enters the referee's book for dissent, with half time now just seconds away.

44 min Clyne collects a loose ball on the run but goes down inside the box when losing his balance. Chelsea win a corner up the other end just moments later, which Ivanovic flicked on in front of goal into the welcoming hands of Mignolet.

42 min Three minutes to go until the interval - three massive minutes in the context of things. Liverpool need to be smart and keep this two-goal advantage intact; Chelsea need to do something to try and turn the momentum. Conte will almost certainly make a change or two at the break.

40 min I wouldn't go as far as saying Liverpool have deserved a two-goal lead, but they certainly deserve to be as comfortable as they are right now. Chelsea have been terrible on the whole, while Liverpool have picked their moments perfectly to take command of things.

38 min We have just witnessed a Goal of the Season contender from Jordan Henderson, who has has scored from all of 32 yards out. The Englishman picked the very top corner of Courtois' goal with his perfectly-placed strike, leaving the Belgian - who was at full stretch - with no chance of keeping it out. What a goal!


36 min Chelsea much improved over the past four or five minutes, adding some pace to their attacks and looking to get at their opponents. Still no shots on target, though, with nearly 37 minutes of this match at Stamford Bridge now played.

34 min Luiz does well to loop the ball back into a dangerous back-post position and, when Mignolet flapped at the ball, Cahill's eyes lit up just a few yards from goal. Liverpool were able to clear and the offside flag was up regardless.

32 min To say Chelsea have yet to get going is an understatement. Really disappointing opening half-hour showing from the hosts, who are badly struggling to create any serious attacking moves, although Willian has just had a shot deflected into the side-netting from wide.

30 min Soon after Matic turned and shot inside the box, seeing his attempt blocked aside around 15 yards from goal, Kante takes on a shot from long range. The problem for Chelsea summed up there - Willian, Costa, Oscar and Hazard not seeing much of the ball.

28 min Chelsea now taking more control of the match, which they should have been doing from the off. Liverpool will not mind that at all, as they love quickly hitting their opponents when winning the ball through their high pressing.

26 min SHOT! Sturridge picks up the ball in acres of space down the left, before working his way into the box and blasting a shot right across the face of goal. A reversal of the match at the Liberty Stadium last week - Chelsea very much second best in the first half.

24 min Luiz receiving some treatment for a facial injury at the moment, which is not the best of signs this early into the match. Conte will be absolutely furious with the manner of his side's opening goal, yet there is still three quarters of the game to find a response.

22 min I should probably give Lovren more credit for his 'easy' opening goal. The defending was so, so bad - four men unmarked inside the box! - but it was a decent volleyed finish from the centre-back. Home fans now a little unhappy as Liverpool mount another attacking move.

20 min Prior to that goal I was about to mention how Chelsea are playing a rather dangerous game, sitting off their opponents and just letting Liverpool dictate things. We will now surely see more of Conte's men, as they are tasked with getting forward.

18 min Liverpool have been the side dictating the temp of play in the opening quarter of this match, and it is they who lead following the easiest of goals for Lovren. A free kick into the box was horribly defended by the hosts, with two players waiting at the back post. Lovren was the man to meet the ball, hitting it into the ground and past the reach of Courtois.


15 min A corner is not properly cleared and Henderson takes on a shot from range which is well over the bar. Cue a shake of the head from Klopp, who wanted to see possession recycled then rather than a pointless shot from outside the box.

13 min A big night for Clyne, who is tasked with getting forward to help with attacking moves as well as covering at the back - that is his role, after all! The Englishman earns his side a corner with 13 minutes on the clock, but it comes to nothing.

11 min Both teams showing plenty of intent in the opening throes of the match but, a Sturridge shot aside less than two minutes in, we have not seen a great deal in front of goal. Liverpool well set up to break but Chelsea not leaving any gaps when getting back.

9 min We have seen nothing of Luiz so far, which Conte will be delighted about. No doubting the Brazilian's quality, no matter what his critics might say, but he is one of those players that needs to feel his way into a game, Incidentally, his previous debut for Chelsea came in a home defeat to Liverpool!

7 min Chelsea's attacks a little slower than Liverpool's in these opening seven minutes, which is to be expected really. It is the Blues who are the side on top at the moment, as they look to get Willian and Hazard on the ball in the final third.

5 min The Reds just looking to keep their foot on the ball at the moment, preventing their opponents from putting together any attacks of their own. Azpilicueta swings in a cross from the left which is easily headed away by Matip inside the box.

3 min Liverpool nearly ahead inside the opening 60 seconds or so, then, with that Sturridge shot from the edge of the box almost trickling over the line when finding a way under the body of Courtois. That is the best attacking moment from either side thus far

1 min KICKOFF! Chelsea get us up and running at Stamford Bridge, where they have made a positive start. Costa was so nearly slipped through, yet Liverpool quickly mounted a counter and Sturridge's shot slipped under Courtois's body, only for the Belgian to quickly pounce on the loose ball.

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