Chelsea’s perfect start to their Premier League campaign ended on Saturday afternoon.
The Blues travelled to Anfield to face Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side and they got off to the perfect start as German playmaker Kai Havertz opened the scoring in the 22nd minute with a brilliant looping header that left Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson with no chance.
However, their lead didn’t last long as Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah equalised from the penalty spot on the brink of half-time.
The spot-kick was awarded by referee Anthony Taylor after English wing-back Reece James was adjudged to have handled the ball during a goalmouth scramble which resulted in the 21-year-old receiving a red card.
Despite being down to ten men for the whole of the second half, Chelsea were resilient at the back, shutting out the Reds’ frontline as the game ended 1-1 to put the Blues into second place behind London rivals West Ham United.
One huge negative for the west Londoners was the fact that they lost French midfielder N’golo Kante to injury, with Tuchel confirming that the former Leicester star suffered from an ankle injury that kept him out of the trip to Arsenal last week.
In his post-match press conference, he said: “He is injured. He missed the Arsenal game because of pain in his ankle and inflammation.
“The opponent fell in his ankle, twisted it again, and he had the same pain as before the Arsenal game. He was lacking force to accelerate and we had to take him off.”
Chelsea will be hoping that the 30-year-old will be able to recover over the next two weeks during the international break before they face Aston Villa on September 11.