Sadio Mane’s brace sealed Liverpool’s 2-0 Premier League victory at Chelsea after Andreas Christensen’s “crazy” red card and Kepa Arrizabalaga’s howler.
Mane bagged his first league goals at Stamford Bridge as Liverpool pounced on defender Christensen’s dismissal, coasting to the win and even handing a second-half debut to new signing Thiago Alcantara.
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Mane’s opener had arrived just four minutes earlier, as the 28-year-old nodded home Roberto Firmino’s fine cross.
Chelsea kept shape and threatened several times for the bulk of an engaging first half – but then Christensen’s fully deserved red card changed the game.
The Denmark international rugby tackled the goal-bound Mane, just as he was bracing to chip a stranded Kepa.
Liverpool wasted precious little time making their extra man count after the break, with Mane heading in after a neat exchange between Firmino and Salah.
And then came Kepa’s latest Blues aberration, leaving Mane to add a second.
Chelsea kept battling even though the game was gone, with Werner impressing to win a smart penalty.
Jorginho’s miss summed up Chelsea’s day though, with his previously rock-solid spot-kick technique picked apart by Alisson’s fine save.