Goals from Gary Cahill and Diego Costa gave Chelsea F.C. a deserved 2-1 comeback win at Liverpool F.C. on Saturday as they stretched their unbeaten Premier League run to 11 matches from the start of the season.
The victory came after Liverpool went ahead after nine minutes through Emre Can.
He netted his first goal for the club with a long-range shot that took a deflection off Cahill’s left arm, which also featured in the game’s most controversial incident two minutes from time.
Liverpool were convinced they should have been awarded a penalty at the death when Cahill appeared to fall to his left with a shot from Steven Gerrard clearly hitting his arm, but referee Anthony Taylor denied their strong appeals and Liverpool fell to their third defeat in a week.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers, whose men lost 1-0 at Newcastle United last Saturday and were also beaten 1-0 by Real Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday, said he could not believe the penalty was not given.
“I thought it was a clear penalty. We had worked so hard in the game and obviously ended up falling behind, but you need those decisions.
“Obviously if the player leans into the ball and it hits his hand it’s a clear penalty and the referee had a good view of it.
“We deserved at least a point from the game that’s for sure,” he told BT Sports.
Rodgers was widely criticised for making seven changes to his starting lineup for the game against Real, and made another seven changes from that team to the one that started against Chelsea.
Yet apart from the opening 20 minutes when Liverpool played well and scored through Can, Chelsea were the better team.
Their manager Jose Mourinho was delighted afterwards and told BT Sport: “It was a fantastic performance. The players as individuals all had a great performance and as a team they were in control.
“Most teams would accept one point at Anfield as a great result, but this team did not accept that and I am really, really pleased.”
Cahill pulled Chelsea level after 14 minutes — awarded after the Goal Decision System proved the ball had crossed the line even though his shot was smothered by Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet.
Costa settled the points after Mignolet parried a cross from Cesar Azpilicueta only for the Spain striker to slam in the rebound with an unstoppable low drive with two Liverpool defenders on the line.
Chelsea have now won nine and drawn two of their 11 league matches and this was their 17th match unbeaten game since the start of the season in all competitions.