Chelsea v Liverpool


GT at 2015-10-31 15:45:21

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GT at 2015-10-31 15:43:43

And that’s that for Chelsea this afternoon.

Only two clean sheets this season for them, and that hasn’t been improved today as Liverpool smashed in three away from home to give Jurgen Klopp his first Premier League win in charge of The Reds.

This was an excellent game from start to finish.

That was, in no small measure, due to the outstanding refereeing of Mark Clattenburg who showed why is England’s number one referee.

Clatts displayed all of his qualities with a lesson in how to manage difficult players and a challenging game.

All referees should take a DVD of that game and watch a referee performing at the top of his game.

The build-up to this contest only added to the enormity of the task ahead but Mark stepped up to the plate and brought it to a successful conclusion.

Chelsea, and their manager, can have no complaints today…they were well beaten by a Liverpool who totally dominated from start to finish.

GT at 2015-10-31 15:39:09

Full Time

GT at 2015-10-31 15:36:29

3 minutes of added time to go and Clatts keeps up his tremendous work rate with superb positioning to correctly judge a corner to Liverpool

GT at 2015-10-31 15:35:24

With only added time to go, Liverpool, tighten up the game with the introduction of Dejan Lovren for Adam Lallana

GT at 2015-10-31 15:34:41

That’s the end of the 90 minutes.

4 more to be added

86 minutes

GT at 2015-10-31 15:31:03

Benteke spoils his day with a yellow card following a trip on his opponent.

Well done again, referee.

Yellow Card

GT at 2015-10-31 15:29:26

Meanwhile, Clatts continues to go about his business with the ease of a man who is right at the top of his game.

Outstanding refereeing in a white-hot atmosphere.

GT at 2015-10-31 15:28:26

Liverpool and Benteke stroll through the Chelsea defence with ease and that’s a two-goal cushion for the travelling Scousers…

83 minutes

GT at 2015-10-31 15:27:06

GOAL! Benteke!!

GT at 2015-10-31 15:24:19

10 minutes to go and this is a pulsating game…

Don’t go anywhere!

76 minutes

GT at 2015-10-31 15:20:31

Firmino makes way for Ibe as Liverpool look to take all the spoils from Stamford Bridge.

Game on!!

GT at 2015-10-31 15:19:35

…and it’s no more than Liverpool deserve as they have dominated play in this game.

The pressure builds up on Jose and his men.

74 minutes

GT at 2015-10-31 15:18:40

GOAL! it’s that man Coutinho again!!

GT at 2015-10-31 15:17:13

Clatts does what too many of his colleagues fail to do, and deals with grappling in the penalty area whilst waiting for a corner kick to be taken.

Well done, Mark

70 minutes

GT at 2015-10-31 15:14:44

Fabregas joins the action for Mikel.

GT at 2015-10-31 15:14:04

This is disgraceful from Chelsea…

They are surrounding Mark Clattenburg, whilst their manager is sarcastically applauding the referee, for not sending off Lucas.

Remember what your centre forward did moments ago Chelsea, and how Skrtel did not react to the blues player not being sent off.

Disgusting behaviour.

67 minutes

GT at 2015-10-31 15:11:09

The cards keep coming…this time it’s Mikel who sees yellow for coming through the back of his opponent.

Yellow Card

65 minutes

GT at 2015-10-31 15:09:24

Can deservedly sees yellow…again it’s good refereeing as Mark reminds the Liverpool man of earlier indiscretions!

Yellow Card

64 minutes

GT at 2015-10-31 15:07:52

Liverpool fancy all three points today, and introduce Benteke for Milner

GT at 2015-10-31 15:06:56

Costa is a lucky man as he kicks out at Skrtel and puts his boot into the Liverpool man’s ribs.

The referee was unsighted for the incident, but that one could carry on as the game unfolds.

Luckily for the Chelsea forward, Skrtel did not make a meal of it.

59 minutes

GT at 2015-10-31 15:04:04

In an effort to stem the Liverpool tide of attacking play, Kenedy replaces Eden Hazard.

58 minutes

GT at 2015-10-31 15:03:05

Lucas has pushed his luck once too often and following his first half warning finds his way into the book Yellow Card

GT at 2015-10-31 15:00:55

There is no let-up in the action this half and it’s Liverpool who are doing all of the attacking.

Mark has continued his outstanding work from the opening half, missing nothing and being right on top of every decision.

GT at 2015-10-31 14:56:02

5 minutes into the second half and Mark makes his third correct decision on the bounce.

Free kick to Liverpool.

GT at 2015-10-31 14:54:37

…and yet again Mark displays outstanding positioning, movement and fitness as he closely tracks a James Milner run and sees the Liverpool man deflect the ball out for a goal kick to Chelsea.

Well done again referee.

GT at 2015-10-31 14:52:57

Firmino impedes Gary Cahill at a headed challenge and Clatts picks up where he left off by missing nothing and awarding the free kick to Chelsea.

GT at 2015-10-31 14:49:36

This should be another superb half of football, and I for one cannot wait to see it unfold…

…and it’s Chelsea who get us under way again.

GT at 2015-10-31 14:48:28

I find it remarkable to hear supposed ‘experts’ criticising Mark for the timing of Liverpool’s goal.

The strike came after 2 minutes had been shown on the board at the end of the first half, with the goal being recorded on 47 minutes and 27 seconds.

Clatts is absolutely 100% correct in Law with amount of added time he allowed, and I wonder whether some people have a hidden agenda in their criticism.

The selection for EURO 2016 will, after all, be made very shortly.

GT at 2015-10-31 14:41:12

The Liverpool number 10 may well take all of the plaudits following that goal but the outstanding performer in the first half has been Mark Clattenburg.

That was a first half to savour as Clatts showed exactly why he is clearly the best referee in England, by a mile.

Positioning, ease of movement around the field of play, outstanding fitness and a display of man management not seen from other referees puts this referee head and shoulders above anyone else at Stamford Bridge today, and amongst all other referees on the Select Group.

More of the same please Mark in the second half…

GT at 2015-10-31 14:37:37

It’s a fascinating encounter at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea held an early lead in the first half but Liverpool were certainly not being outplayed.

Their problem was they had no natural forward on the field of play, but with Benteke on the bench that could change soon.

Then up popped the little magician Coutinho with a winder strike to send the teams in level at half time.

GT at 2015-10-31 14:36:07

Half Time

GT at 2015-10-31 14:35:55

and what a strike from the Liverpool number 10.

What will Jose have to say about that at it came 30 seconds into a third minute of added time.

Clatts is, of course, absolutely right in the amount of time added as when a board goes up showing 2 minutes, it means a MINIMUM of 2 minutes will be played, not EXACTLY 2 minutes.

GT at 2015-10-31 14:33:36

GOAL! Coutinho

GT at 2015-10-31 14:30:49

That’s the end of the normal 45 minutes…2 more to be added

GT at 2015-10-31 14:29:07

Wonderful man management by Mark…

Costa has been moaning since he was challenged by Skrtel a few minutes ago.

As soon as the ball went out of play, Mark stopped play and went to speak with the fiery centre forward.

That took all the steam out of Costa and may just prevent him seeking his own form of ‘justice’ on the Liverpool centre half later.

Top, top refereeing.

GT at 2015-10-31 14:25:23

What a great spot by Mark as Ramires trips Firmino.

The ball was yards away but Clatts kept his eye on the two players and saw the foul.

GT at 2015-10-31 14:22:19

Costa asks for a foul but Clatts correctly lets him know he ‘made a back’ for Skrtel, and awards a throw in to the visitors.

Well done referee.

GT at 2015-10-31 14:20:54

Strong claims from Clyne for handball against John Terry but Mark waves away the appeal.

The Chelsea 26 was very close to the Liverpool man as the ball was fired in.

Another credible call by our referee.

33 minutes

GT at 2015-10-31 14:18:18

Simon Beck joins in and awards offside against Diego Costa.

Correct decision.

GT at 2015-10-31 14:17:10

Half an hour gone, and Clatts is showing everyone why he is the man for this job.

Top quality refereeing with an air of authority coupled with a true sense of understanding of how important this game is to both clubs.

GT at 2015-10-31 14:15:30

Can is fortunate not to follow his team mate into the referee’s book following a rash challenge on Willian, who is the centre of attention for Liverpool at the moment.

GT at 2015-10-31 14:13:51

Offside against Lallana, well judged by assistant Long.

GT at 2015-10-31 14:13:10

Costa is guilty of showing too much of his studs, and catches Milner.

Free kick to Liverpool…

GT at 2015-10-31 14:10:30

Excellent advantage played as Ramires retains possession in the centre of the field of play

24 minutes

GT at 2015-10-31 14:09:47

…and it is, as Coutinho pulls down Willian.

Well spotted referee.

Yellow Card

GT at 2015-10-31 14:08:59

That has to be a caution…

GT at 2015-10-31 14:06:39

Emre Can is correctly penalised with a foul against him for a clip on the ankles of Willian.

More good foul recognition by Clatts.

GT at 2015-10-31 14:04:35

Look at the referee’s positioning and movement.

Yet again Mark is right on top of play to correctly judge a corner kick to Liverpool.

That does not happen by chance.

He gets into those positions by using his experience in deciding how play is likely to develop coupled with hard work across the ground.

GT at 2015-10-31 14:00:50

After the opening 15 minutes there is nothing but praise for Mark.

He is the epitome of calm and control in a very tense atmosphere.

Not only has every one of his decisions been correct, each has also been credible.

A lesson for all referees.

GT at 2015-10-31 13:56:20

César Azpilicueta clips his opponent and Clatts is missing nothing today…free kick to Liverpool.

Good refereeing.

GT at 2015-10-31 13:54:50

A third foul by Lucas, and Clatts gives him the public warning.

Next time, I feel the Reds’ man will find himself in the notebook

GT at 2015-10-31 13:53:03

The man of the moment is right on top of play as usual.

Free kick correctly given against Lucas…well done Mark.

That’s two in quick succession for the Liverpool 21…he needs to be careful

GT at 2015-10-31 13:51:30

Five minutes in and Clatts and Chelsea have settled well into this very important game

GT at 2015-10-31 13:50:30

Ramires arrives late in the penalty area and smashes a header past Mignolet.

That should ease the pressure around Stamford Bridge.

GT at 2015-10-31 13:49:33

What a start for Chelsea!


GT at 2015-10-31 13:47:39

Good refereeing from Clatts as Ramires is caught late by Lucas.

He looked for the advantage for Chelsea but there was none there, so a free kick followed.

GT at 2015-10-31 13:45:48

Here we go…

Liverpool take the kick-off and get us underway…

GT at 2015-10-31 13:41:09

It’s almost time for kick-off at Stamford Bridge…

GT at 2015-10-31 13:34:48

As for our referees today…

Fresh from another superb performance last week in the Manchester ‘derby’, and very much the man for the job, England’s lead referee and clear number one performer Mark Clattenburg takes charge of this game-of-the-day.

Surely even the habitual complainer Mourinho has to be happy with this appointment as ‘Clatts’ is without peers amongst Select Group of referees.

There should be no doubt over his selection as England’s representative for EURO 2016, and frankly, it will be an injustice of preposterous measures if a weaker referee is given that appointment ahead of the 40 year old North East whistler.

Clatts’ only concern may surround one of his originally appointed assistant referees, Simon Beck.

With selection for those EURO Finals up-for-grabs, Beck has hardly pitched-in with support for his referee’s bid to be at the Championships, being guilty of high profile clangers. Two recent offside calls were exceptionally poor, with the one for Tottenham Hotspur being almost beyond belief.

Beck is proving the old adage that a poor assistant cannot make a poor referee look good, but he can make a good referee look poor.

Never short on confidence and self-belief, Beck has to step up to the plate today and concentrate on doing what he is there to do.

Simon Long is on the other line following a number of changes to the original appointments this week.

Lee Mason is back on familiar fourth official duties this weekend despite an excellent refereeing performance last week in the game Arsenal v Everton. He is again due to be fourth official tomorrow as Southampton host Bournemouth. A remarkable duo of appointments when you consider the Premier League has a dearth of fit and talented referees, coupled with the fact Lee resides in the North West!

It does make you question the logic, if indeed any exists, in the appointing process at the PGMOL.

Everyone at YATR is hoping for an expected and highly anticipated top quality display of refereeing today, and we hope the game goes smoothly…

GT at 2015-10-31 13:20:43

Hi everyone, and welcome to today’s live Refcam commentary…

…and it is yet another top-quality game on offer as Chelsea hosts title hopefuls Liverpool.

It seems bizarre to be talking of ‘must win’ games for Chelsea but with a quarter of the season already gone the current champions are sitting just three places and five points above the relegation zone.

This is unchartered territory for their under-fire supremo and self-proclaimed ‘Special One’, Jose Mourinho, and at first glance he does not appear to be handling the pressure well as his side endure their worst ever start to a Premier League season.

With only three league wins so far this campaign, and another defeat in midweek to Stoke City in the Capital One Cup the Blues need to get back to winning ways quickly or the Portuguese may, indeed, fall upon his own sword.

Hoping to add to the champions’ troubles today is a Liverpool side who enjoyed their first win on Wednesday under their new manager, Jurgen Klopp, a.k.a. ‘The Normal One’.

The Reds have problems of their own though, largely in attack, as they are in the midst of an incredible run of injuries to key players.

However, they remain unbeaten since 12th September, and as those players gradually return to fitness better times surely lie ahead.

So who will triumph?

Will Chelsea begin to turn around a faltering season or can Liverpool add another nail to Mourinho’s coffin?

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