Worrying Liverpool trend emerges as Chelsea draw extends Man City’s Premier League lead
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A worrying trend has emerged at Liverpool after the Reds all but fell out of the Premier League title race by drawing with Chelsea. After a defeat to Leicester on Tuesday, Jurgen Klopp’s side ideally needed to beat Chelsea to hand themselves a glimmer of hope of catching runaway leaders Manchester City.
Things looked to be going well at Stamford Bridge when Sadio Mane capitalised on Trevoh Chalobah’s misguided headed clearance before rounding Edouard Mendy and firing in the opener.
Chelsea then put the visitors under intense pressure in a search for a route back into the Premier League clash.
But it was Liverpool who took control of the proceedings when Mohamed Salah linked up with Trent Alexander-Arnold, shimmied past Marcos Alonso and blasted in at Mendy’s near post.
Though that appeared to put the Reds in a comfortable position, Klopp’s side went on to throw away their advantage.
With just three minutes remaining of the first-half, Reds keeper Caoimhin Kelleher punched clear a free-kick to the edge of the box.
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Mateo Kovacic was waiting there though, and the Chelsea star produced a stunning volley that lofted over Kelleher and into the net.
And Chelsea were back on level terms three minutes later when Christian Pulisic raced onto the end of an Antonio Rudiger clearance before lifting the ball over the on-rushing Kelleher for the equaliser.
After that frantic first period, neither side could find a breakthrough in the second-half, with the title rivals forced to settle for a point each.
The result is the latest in a worrying trend for Liverpool this season, with Klopp’s men dropping points from five games in which they have gone ahead this term.
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The first time it happened was in the draw at Brentford at the end of September, when the Reds fought back to go 2-1 and 3-2 ahead before seeing the Bees score an 82nd minute equaliser.
They also went ahead twice against City at Anfield, before Kevin de Bruyne secured a point for Pep Guardiola’s men.
The trend continued at Anfield against Brighton when Liverpool went 2-0 up before being pulled back to 2-2 after goals from Enock Mwepu and Leandro Trossard.
That has led onto the final two results in the run, with the Reds first going 2-1 up against Tottenham before being held to a 2-2 draw and then drawing against Chelsea on Sunday.
Those dropped points have left them 11 points off leaders City, though Reds star Virgil van Dijk believes it is still possible for Liverpool to win the title.
“It’s never difficult to believe. It’s a big gap. They’ve got the title to lose at the moment, but anything can happen still,” he told Sky Sports.
“Unfortunately, we’ve been there and we had a gap out in front, and we gave it away. Anything is possible. We will focus on ourselves, Chelsea will focus on themselves.
“We just have to get results. Get results, play good football, win games. Sounds pretty easy but as you saw, it’s tough.”
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