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Tuchel’s Chelsea deliver emphatic, complete performance at Liverpool

That was what this game was about and why it was so crucial to both managers.

It was a game both Tuchel and Klopp simply dared not lose – particularly after wins for Everton and Tottenham earlier in the night.

Defeat for Chelsea would have seen them leapfrogged by Liverpool ahead of the visit of Everton to Stamford Bridge on Monday.

In truth that never looked likely in what was Chelsea’s most complete performance under their new manager.

Mason Mount’s first half strike was enough to secure the points – but victory could have been far more emphatic, even if they were fortunate not to concede a second half penalty when N’Golo Kante handled in the area.

Timo Werner – for so long a Liverpool target – was outstanding.

He found the back of the net in the first half, but saw his goal ruled out by VAR for a debatable offside.

It was a performance that brought to mind the German’s form from his RB Leipzig days as he played on the shoulders of Liverpool’s centre-backs, and was twice fractions away from making a decisive connection from close range.

Hakim Ziyech also saw a shot cleared off the line by Andy Robertson.

But it was Mount who provided the key moment, cutting in from the left in the 42nd minute and sweeping a low shot into the corner past the dive of Allison.

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