Jose Mourinho’s future as Chelsea manager looked increasingly uncertain after Liverpool beat them 3-1 in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge with Philippe Coutinho scoring twice.
Champions Chelsea’s third home league defeat of the season left them in 15th place in the table with 11 points from 11 games – the worst ever start to a season by reigning champions.
Liverpool’s fans, celebrating a first league win for new manager Juergen Klopp, taunted Mourinho, chanting: “You’re getting sacked in the morning,” while home fans looked stunned as they filed away into the streets of west London.
The day did start well for Chelsea.
There were only four minutes on the clock when Cesar Azpilicueta was given too much time and his cross picked out Ramires who headed powerfully into Liverpool’s net.
If the home fans expected that boost to fuel their side with new-found confidence, though, they were to be disappointed as a hard-working Liverpool side recovered to dominate possession.
Coutinho cleverly worked himself some space two minutes and 40 seconds into first-half stoppage time and curled a precise shot past Chelsea keeper Asmir Begovic.
Liverpool went in front a few minutes into the second half when Christian Benteke’s knock-down fell to Coutinho who again beat Begovic with a shot that brushed off John Terry, captaining Chelsea for the 550th time.
With Liverpool in complete control, Benteke made the points safe with a low shot seven minutes from time.
While Chelsea lurch from crisis to crisis – they have lost nine times in all competitions, including their midweek defeat on penalties by Stoke City in the League Cup which they won last season – Liverpool are buoyant.
They have 17 points and moved up to seventh.