Liverpool’s woes continue with Chelsea defeat

London, England (SportsNetwork.com) – Liverpool suffered a 2-1 defeat to
Chelsea at Anfield on Saturday, its third loss in the span of a week.

The Reds were on the wrong end of a 1-0 result at Newcastle in league play
last week and followed the match with a disappointing 1-0 loss to Real Madrid
in Champions League action on Tuesday.

The bad times continued on Saturday as Diego Costa netted the winner at
Anfield to mount some additional pressure on manager Brendan Rodgers.

Saturday’s affair started brightly for Liverpool as the hosts managed to break
the deadlock in the early going. A well-worked move in the ninth minute
allowed Emre Can to find space at the top of the penalty area and uncork a
shot that took a massive deflection on its way past Thibaut Courtois.

Chelsea, though, got back on level terms just five minutes later when a
chaotic sequence in the box culminated with Gary Cahill sweeping a loose ball
toward goal from close range. It appeared as though Simon Mignolet had done
enough to deny the visitors an equalizer, but goal line technology revealed
that Cahill’s shot had narrowly crossed the line.

While the two sides traded scoring chances for the remainder of the opening
period, the second half was controlled largely by Chelsea.

The visitors eventually got their noses in front in the 67th minute when Cesar
Azpilicueta found space on the left flank and sent a dangerous ball across the
face of goal. Mignolet managed to parry the delivery but only as far as Costa,
who smashed a first-time effort into the back of the net.

Liverpool had a penalty shout in the 88th minute when Steve Gerrard’s shot was
blocked by Cahill’s outstretched arm, but the infraction went unnoticed as
Chelsea escaped with all three points in tact.

The result sees the Blues continue their unbeaten start to the season as Jose
Mourinho’s men improve to 29 points through 11 matches.

Liverpool, meanwhile, stays put on 14 points.

Southampton kept pace with Chelsea at the top of the Premier League table as
the Saints battled to a 2-0 victory over Leicester City at St. Mary’s on
Saturday.

The hosts were made to wait until the 75th minute for the go-ahead goal as
second-half substitute Shane Long broke the deadlock with a superb curling
effort.

Long then doubled Southampton’s advantage just five minutes later when he
latched on to a ball over the top and slipped a shot into the back of the net
at the near post.

The Saints improve to 25 points on the season to stay four points back of
Chelsea while Leicester City drops its fourth straight to remain on nine
points.

Manchester United dictated play at Old Trafford on Saturday but only managed
to come away with a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace.

The lone goal came in the 67th minute when second-half substitute Juan Mata
fired a shot that took a deflection on its way past Julian Speroni at the near
post.

The Red Devils were content with the narrow lead and closed out the match to
snap their three-game winless run and move to 16 points.

Manchester City avoided an embarrassing defeat at Loftus Road on Saturday as
Sergio Aguero’s double helped the Citizens salvage a point from a 2-2 draw
with QPR.

The hosts grabbed the lead through Charlie Austin in the 21st minute only to
see a brilliant bit of skill from Aguero draw City level 11 minutes later.

An own goal from Martin Demichelis put QPR back in front 14 minutes from time,
but Aguero ensured a point for the Citizens in the 83rd by latching on to a
superb long ball from Yaya Toure and curling a precise left-footed shot into
the back of the net.

Ashley Barnes netted the lone goal in Bunrley’s 1-0 defeat of Hull City, the
club’s first win of the campaign.

West Ham United and Aston Villa completed Saturday’s action with a 0-0 draw at
Upton Park.