Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said they planned to target Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga and was rewarded with their second goal for it.
Such an error should not have happened at this level – even Chelsea manager Frank Lampard called it a clear mistake – but the Blues might have fallen into Liverpool’s trap in the 2-0 loss at Stamford Bridge.
It was obvious that Chelsea struggled to even get out of their own half every time they had possession.
Klopp’s famous high pressing rendered Chelsea’s midfield useless in transitions, with desperate Hail Mary passes to Timo Werner often the only way out.
As per StatsBomb (via FBRef), Liverpool’s front three -Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino – made a combined 18 successful pressures from 47 attempts.
To put it into perspective, the whole Chelsea team had just 33 successful pressures throughout the game.
Arrizabalaga’s obvious lack of confidence did not help, either, and Chelsea paid the price.
Klopp told Liverpool’s official website: “I love that because we have these situations quite a lot – that we chase the goalie.
“I think in the first half Sadio [Mane] was really close to blocking it there already but you just have to do it.
“I love it when we get rewards for these kinds of situations.”