Jamie Carragher lauded the speed that Mason Mount demonstrated during Liverpool’s 1-0 loss to Chelsea last night, speaking on Sky Sports.
Mount showed swiftness in mind and body when he cleverly curled his shot past a sprawling Alisson to put the Blues on their way to victory.
Carragher will have been watching the performance of his beloved Reds through gritted teeth and closed eyes.
But he still spared a moment to praise Chelsea’s midfield maestro.
“He’s quicker than you think”, admitted Carragher during his in-play commentary.
“So often he’s made that run in this game. In between right-back and right centre-back.
“You see him there between Trent (Alexander-Arnold) and Fabinho. The centre-back decides to come out but you think he’s (Mount) always got the edge on him.
“As he comes inside you think ‘can he finish?’ He finds that far corner and doesn’t even look up. He knows he’s got the edge on Fabinho.
“He’s a fantastic young player. Not just a fantastic young player, a fantastic player.”
It was a pretty text-book execution from Mount but one Liverpool will have felt they could’ve combated much better.
Chelsea’s no.19 had acres of space to control N’Golo Kante’s long pass and wasn’t closed down quick enough by either Fabinho or Alexander-Arnold to prevent his shot.
This was to Liverpool’s peril. Mount located the far corner and wheeled away in celebration.
That victory for the Blues moved them back into the top four and stretched their unbeaten run in all competitions to 11.
Ten of those have come under the stewardship of Tuchel, who’s transformed the team terrifically in his short tenure.
On the opposite end of this spectrum is Jurgen Klopp’s side.
They suffered a fifth straight home loss for the first time in their history as they crumbled down into seventh place.
All is sweet at Stamford Bridge. All is sour on Merseyside.