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Mourinho horror show goes on as Liverpool hit back to win Premier League game

Published 31/10/2015

Philippe Coutinho, left, scored a brace as Liverpool beat Chelsea 3-1
Philippe Coutinho, left, scored a brace as Liverpool beat Chelsea 3-1

Jose Mourinho's position as Chelsea boss appears ever more precarious after Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool inflicted Chelsea's sixth defeat in 11 Barclays Premier League games.

Philippe Coutinho scored two fine goals after Ramires had given Chelsea a fourth-minute lead to pile more pressure on Mourinho, who only in May won his third Premier League title.

And Christian Benteke's third allowed Jurgen Klopp to celebrate a second victory in his fifth game as Liverpool boss since replacing Brendan Rodgers.

It left Mourinho pondering his future and further perceived injustices at Stamford Bridge.

Klopp and Mourinho each berated the officials from their technical areas, the Chelsea boss treading carefully given his recent disciplinary run-ins with the Football Association.

Mourinho had the most legitimate complaint, though, when Lucas avoided a second yellow card for a challenge on Ramires with more than 20 minutes to go and the score 1-1.

Coutinho's second followed and Mourinho tried to lift his team amid chants of "You're getting sacked in the morning" from the vocal visiting support, who were able to enjoy Benteke's strike.

Chelsea now have one win in eight games and Mourinho, who was subject to the first managerial vote of confidence in Roman Abramovich's 12-year ownership on October 5, will be wary of what the future holds.

Abramovich was absent from Stamford Bridge so did not hear the defiant and supportive chants from the home faithful as Chelsea's season slipped deeper into crisis.

Diego Costa passed a late fitness test on a rib injury to start for Chelsea, who made a fine start when Ramires headed in Cesar Azpilicueta's cross.

Ramires this week extended his Chelsea contract until June 2019 - in line with his manager's.

Liverpool were coming more and more into the game, but the transition from defence into attack was not swift enough for Klopp's liking.

Adam Lallana stretched to reach a James Milner cross but could only shoot straight at Asmir Begovic and Klopp was frustrated John Terry was not penalised for handball. It would have been harsh.

Referee Mark Clattenburg also gave Emre Can only a ticking off, rather than a caution, for a reckless lunge on Willian.

Chelsea were playing on the break, with Liverpool the more inventive.

Lucas had a header saved from Milner's cross before, in added time, Coutinho's body swerve wrong footed Ramires and his left-footed curling shot soared in.

Chelsea heads dropped and Mourinho had to lift them at the interval, but Liverpool resumed where they had left off.

Gary Cahill was subject of a muted handball appeal and shakily conceded a corner.

Klopp complained repeatedly about decisions to fourth official Lee Mason and Mourinho pointed out his recent disciplinary run-ins.

Kenedy replaced the ineffective Eden Hazard and immediately tore through and shot narrowly wide.

Klopp turned to Benteke, but might have been down to 10 men only for Lucas, who had been booked earlier in the half for persistent fouling, to avoid a second caution for a challenge on Ramires.

Mourinho sarcastically applauded the decision which brought Chelsea's entire bench to their feet.

Mignolet back-pedalled to save Oscar's effort from near halfway, but it was Coutinho who struck once more as his shot from the edge of the area found the corner.

Begovic saved with his feet to deny Alberto Moreno as Liverpool came close to a third, which came when Benteke struck as Cahill and Terry backed off.

TWEET OF THE MATCH

Rio Ferdinand: "Only 1 team have come to win this game today...."

PLAYER RATINGS

Chelsea

ASMIR BEGOVIC: 5 (out of 10)

KURT ZOUMA: 6

GARY CAHILL: 5

JOHN TERRY: 5

CESAR AZPILICUETA: 5

JOHN OBI MIKEL: 4

RAMIRES: 7

WILLIAN: 7

OSCAR: 6

EDEN HAZARD: 5

DIEGO COSTA: 6

SUBSTITUTES:

KENEDY (for Hazard, 59): 5

CESC FABREGAS (for Mikel, 70): 6

RADAMEL FALCAO (for Azpilicueta, 76): 5

Liverpool

SIMON MIGNOLET: 7

NATHANIEL CLYNE: 6

MAMADOU SAKHO: 8

MARTIN SKRTEL: 7

ALBERTO MORENO: 5

LUCAS: 5

EMRE CAN: 5

JAMES MILNER: 5

PHILIPPE COUTINHO: 9

ADAM LALLANA: 7

FIRMINO: 6

SUBSTITUTES:

CHRISTIAN BENTEKE (for Milner, 64): 7

JORDON IBE (for Firmino, 76): 5

DEJAN LOVREN (for Lallana, 91): 5

STAR PLAYER

Philippe Coutinho: The Brazil playmaker provided the two moments of undisputed quality to win the match for the visitors.

MOMENT OF THE MATCH

When Milner fed Firmino and he in turn laid the ball off to Coutinho the chances of a Liverpool equaliser appeared slim. But Coutinho's body swerve wrong-footed compatriot Ramires and his delightful shot found the far corner.

VIEW FROM THE BENCH

Out went Fabregas for Chelsea as Oscar and John Obi Mikel started in midfield, with Costa passed fit following a rib problem to play up front. Kenedy took the Brazilian contingent (including Costa, who is Brazil born but plays for Spain) to eight in replacing the ineffective Eden Hazard. Fabregas and Falcao followed, but neither made the desired impact. Liverpool did not start with a recognised striker, instead opting for a fluid front three of Coutinho, Firmino and Lallana. Christian Benteke came on offering a different threat and Ibe provided fresh legs. Both troubled the Chelsea defence.

MOAN OF THE MATCH

Another Chelsea match, another perceived injustice against Mourinho's men. The Blues boss appeared most frustrated that Lucas avoided a second yellow card when it was 1-1 with more than 20 minutes to go.

WHO'S UP NEXT

Chelsea v Dynamo Kiev (Champions League, Wednesday, November 4)

Rubin Kazan v Liverpool (Europa League, Thursday, November 5)

Mourinho declined to comment on the game at all in another remarkable post-match interview, albeit the opposite of the seven-minute diatribe following the loss to Southampton on October 3 which saw him sanctioned by the Football Association.

Klopp, though, was happy to salute his match-winner Coutinho.

"Philippe is a great player," he told BT Sport 1. "He has unbelievable skill, he's a great guy.

"You have to fight, you have to work and that's what he did today, he got back what he invested."

Klopp insisted Clattenburg was right not to dismiss Lucas but, with Chelsea also aggrieved that Coutinho's equaliser came beyond the allotted two minutes of first-half injury time, he admitted: "You cannot win at Chelsea without a little bit of luck.

"It's a difficult game, especially in this situation.

"We had not the best start, it was very warm and we needed a few minutes to come in. But we were in the game and I knew we would get some chances.

"We can do better, for sure, but for today it's absolutely okay."

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