The Premier League has welcomed Thomas Tuchel.
Chelsea returned to the top four with a 1-0 victory at Anfield, as Tuchel outwitted his German counterpart Jurgen Klopp to hand Liverpool their fourth home loss in a row and secure Chelsea’s first Premier League win at Anfield since 2014.
There aren’t many teams that can go to Anfield and express themselves as Chelsea did. Just Jose Mourinho can equal Tuchel’s ten-game unbeaten start to his reign at Chelsea, and the Blues are back in contention for a top-four finish.
After a tactical masterclass from Tuchel, the Blues took three points back to the capital on a much more relaxed night than many observers had predicted.
The warning signs were obvious from the start. Just past the quarter-hour mark, Timo Werner fired an early warning shot over the bar which should have put the visitors ahead. When he had to score, he was played onside by a slow-moving Ozan Kabak, but he could only lift the ball straight into Alisson’s arms from ten yards out.
When he latched onto Jorginho’s raking pass, rounded the onrushing Alisson, and stroked home ten minutes later, the German thought he had put the Blues ahead, but VAR ruled him offside because his outstretched arm was slightly further forward than Andy Robertson’s.
Werner was adjudged offside by about half an inch with a part of the body you’re not supposed to score with, and now technology is interfering with Werner’s attempts to resurrect his Premier League career.
Five minutes before the break, however, VAR was not involved as Mason Mount gave the Blues a justified lead, guiding a fine finish past the helpless Alisson.
Mason Mount shot the Blues into a deserved lead five minutes before the break, guiding a fine finish past the helpless Alisson into the far corner to bring Tuchel’s side ahead with his third goal since the German arrived.