At the start of this season, we saw Chelsea and Liverpool face-off in the European Super Cup as winners of last seasons Europa League and Champions League respectively. That tie was eventually settled by a penalty shoot-out following a 2-2 draw as neither side found their rhythm. The feeling going into this Premier League match was that this would not be the case again. Liverpool, under their German coach Jurgen Klopp, have a 100% record domestically but fell 2-0 away to Napoli in the Champions League. Chelsea, on the other hand, have had a difficult start to the season with wins hard to come by. To this point, their new coach, club legend Frank Lampard, is still enjoying the full support of their passionate fanbase. This is more than likely as much to do with his stature at the club and his willingness to trust home-grown players as anything else though.
In this tactical analysis, we will examine the key tactical points that led to a 2-1 victory for an impressive Liverpool side.
Starting with the home side it was evident that Lampard was set to continue his trust in young and home-grown players. While the presence of Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount in the attacking third is relatively unsurprising but in recent weeks we have also seen considerable first-team minutes given to Fikayo Tomori, who was on loan at Derby County last season under Lampard.
With Willian and Mount playing in the wide forward positions it remained to be seen how Chelsea would look to generate width in the attacking phase.
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