London (AP) – Jürgen Klopp celebrated a sovereign victory on the second day of the Premier League with England’s soccer champions FC Liverpool.
His reds rightly won 2-0 (0-0) at Chelsea with German national players Timo Werner and Kai Havertz. New hire Thiago, who was signed by Bayern on Friday, made his first appearance for Liverpool.
Senegalese Sadio Mané (50th / 54th minute) scored both goals at Stamford Bridge in London for the guests, who were outnumbered throughout the second half. Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen had previously seen the red card for an emergency brake against the striker (45th + 1). His second goal was scored by Mané after a serious error by goalkeeper Kepa. The goalkeeper of the Blues played the ball almost immediately on his foot after a back pass.
Liverpool dominated the game for a long time. The Blues came to dangerous counterattacks, especially in the first half, but did not score. German newcomers Werner and Havertz, who were brought in this summer as part of a € 250 million transfer offensive by Blues, are still waiting for their first competitive goals.
After a foul in the penalty area by Thiago from Liverpool on Werner, Jorginho also failed with the necessary penalty kick on goalkeeper Alisson. Thiago came into the game after the break for the ailing Jordan Henderson.
At Chelsea, German defender Antonio Rüdiger was not in the selection. Already on Monday in the 3-1 (1-0) win of the Blues against Brighton & Hove Albion, Rüdiger had been alone on the bench. Coach Frank Lampard relied on Christensen and Kurt Zouma for the central defense. The British media already speculated on the future of Rüdiger on Sunday. Because through the Brazilian Thiago Silva, who came over from Paris Saint-Germain, the national player in London had extra competition in the defense.