Mane powers Reds past Chelsea

English Premier League

Liverpool maintained their 100 percent record in the Premier League this season after beating ten-man Chelsea 2-0 on Sunday evening.

The Blues made only change, with Mateo Kovacic taking the place of Ruben Loftus-Cheek, while on the other side Joe Gomez joined Joel Matip on the injury list for the Reds as Fabinho was put in the defence.

Jurgen Klopp's charges had a huge chance to go ahead in the 13th minute after goalkeeper Kepa was beaten to a deflected shot by Mohamed Salah, but Andreas Christensen made a crucial block to deny Roberto Firmino a tap-in on the line.

Chelsea were struggling to get out of their own half but they were growing in the game towards the half-hour mark as Timo Werner came close to breaking the deadlock with a toe-poke that missed the bottom corner by a whisker.

Frank Lampard's troops were down to ten men on the stroke of half-time after Christensen brought down Sadio Mane, who was going clear on goal and he was initially given a yellow card but after consulting the Video Assistant Referee monitor, the referee changed the card to red.

Liverpool eventually broke the deadlock five minutes after the halftime break after Mane powered home a diving header into the far corner from Firmino's cross.

Lampard's troops were 2-0 down five minutes later after Kepa made a glaring mistake by passing the ball straight to Mane, who slotted the ball into an empty net for his brace.

Werner gave Chelsea some hope in the 72nd minute after winning a penalty after colliding with Thiago Alcantara inside the box but Jorginho's spot-kick was saved by shot-stopper Alisson Becker.

Late substitute Tammy Abraham came close to pulling a goal back for the hosts in the last six minutes with a curling strike after cutting inside the box but Alisson made a great save.

Mane almost got his hat-trick with a long range strike that was saved by Kepa in stoppage time while Georginio Wijnaldum missed a sitter a moment late on but it did not matter, as Liverpool held on for the 2-0 win.