Werner then fed sub Tammy Abraham who drew a fine stop from Alisson, low to his left, as time ran out. Chelsea did not go down without a fight, and Kepa made two good late saves, but it was the damage done either side of the interval that decided our opening home game of the season, and condemned us to defeat against the champions in SW6 for the first time since Manchester United won 3-0 here in 2002.
Home run over
Defeat also brings to an end our excellent streak of six straight home victories in which just a solitary goal, Kevin De Bruyne’s free-kick in June, was conceded. It is a shame we will not know how the match would have panned out with 11 against 11, as we were right in it up until the red card.
The Blues are back at the Bridge on Wednesday for our first cup action of the campaign, Barnsley the visitors for a Carabao Cup third round tie.
Chelsea (4-3-3): Kepa; James, Christensen, Zouma, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho (c) (Abraham 79), Kovacic (Barkley 79); Mount, Havertz (Tomori h/t), Werner.
Unused subs Caballero, Azpilicueta, Hudson-Odoi, Giroud.
Sent off Christensen 45+1
Liverpool (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Fabinho, Robertson; Keita (Milner 64), Henderson (c), Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino (Minamino 86), Mane.
Unused subs Adrian, Tsimikas, Jones, Origi.
Scorer Mane 50, 54
Referee Paul Tierney