Chelsea 0-2 Liverpool: Mane scores twice, Thiago Alcantara makes first debut for the Reds. Chelsea have lost their first Premier League game of the season to Liverpool in their own soil.
Sadio Mane scores brace to secure Liverpool 2-0 over Chelsea at the Stamford Bridge.
Reds new signing Thiago Alcantara made his first Premier League debut against Chelsea on Sunday as the game ended 2-0 in favour of the away side.
Thiago Alcantara makes his debut for the Reds as Sadio Manes score twice to secure 2-0 win over Chelsea#CHELIV pic.twitter.com/TAAjUEZGoc
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Mane put Liverpool in early lead in 50 minute as he double the lead over blues in 54 minutes
Sadio Mane scores twice, Alcantara made debut for Liverpool against Chelsea.
The Senegal international struck twice in four minutes after the break at Stamford Bridge – and had also been fouled in the incident that saw Andreas Christensen sent off on 44 minutes – to give the Reds maximum points in the Premier League.
Post-match, Mane reflected on the details of the win with Sky Sports and offered a glowing assessment of the 45-minute debut for new signing Thiago Alcantara…
On his own positive influence on the game…
Obviously it was a top game, to be honest. It was a top game. Especially in the first half, we found it very difficult to create chances and I think when they got the red card, it made it easier. The second half, we created many chances and finally we scored two goals. I think today we deserved to win.
On the incident that led to Christensen’s red card and the pass from Jordan Henderson…
Yeah, it was a great ball from him. A great player. I know him, I know at that moment the only choice he has to do is to put the ball in and he is very good at it. So, I try to make the runs and he put the ball in front of me. When he made a foul I knew it was a red card, I even told him: ‘My friend, it’s a red card.’ After, the referee gave him a red card; so, lucky for us.
On the anger at giving the ball away that motivated his closing down for the second goal…
Yeah, sure, these kinds of things are always what we try on the training pitch. When he got the ball, I knew it will be difficult for him to have an option, the only choice was to shoot it. So I was in front of him and he tried to pass it. Unluckily for him, he made a mistake. Lucky for me and I scored a second goal for my team.
On the debut of Thiago…
Not only me, all the world knows what he is capable of doing. He is one of the best players in the world, so we are lucky to have Thiago in our team. And I think today he showed that he is a great player.