Chelsea suffered homophobic abuse at Anfield, Liverpool frowned against it

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On Saturday, August 28, 2021, Chelsea visited Liverpool at Anfield Stadium for their third Premier League game of the season and they survived Liverpool’s pressing style of football with a point.

The first half started with the two teams sizing up themselves until Chelsea’s Kai Havertz scored a header in the 22nd minute.

Towards the end of the first half, Reece James committed a handball offense in the box which earned Liverpool a spot-kick, and the defender was red-carded after a VAR check.

Afterward, Liverpool’s forward, Mohamed Salah stepped up to take the kick and didn’t miss. Hence, the first half ended 1-1.

Unfortunately for Chelsea, the London-based club resumed the second half without their midfield maestro N’Golo Kante who suffered a knock in the first half.

Despite being a one-man down and lacking Kante’s touch in the second half, Chelsea was able to defend until the end of the match. After 90 minutes of football, the match ended 1-1.

After the game, a statement from Liverpool revealed that some section of Liverpool’s fans at Anfield sang homophobic songs against Chelsea while the match was going on.

The club condemned such an act and stressed that there is no room for discrimination in football and at Liverpool football club.

“Liverpool FC is disappointed by reports that a small section of our supporters were heard singing offensive songs during Saturday’s fixture with Chelsea at Anfield”, the club’s statement read.

“The club strongly condemns these actions and will be investigating all reported allegations of abusive and/or discriminatory behavior with the relevant authorities to identify perpetrators.

“LFC is committed to tackling abusive and discriminatory behavior, which has no place in football or society.

“As part of its Red Together campaign, which encompasses all the club’s work on equality, diversity, and inclusion, LFC strives to be at the forefront of the fight against all forms of discrimination both online and in-stadium to create an inclusive environment for all.

“The club would like to remind its fans of its code of conduct, which clearly outlines what it expects from all supporters visiting Anfield.”

Chelsea’s goalkeeper Edouard Mendy recorded a personal best against Liverpool

Chelsea's goalkeeper Edouard Mendy recorded a personal best against Liverpool

One of the standout players in the Premier League game between Chelsea and Liverpool was Chelsea’s goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.

For the first time in his goalkeeping career, the 29-year-old Senegalese goalkeeper was forced to make 6 important saves which are the highest he ever made in a game.

His saves helped Chelsea that played with a man down to force Liverpool to a 1-1 draw at Anfield stadium.

Edouard Mendy has been a good buy since he moved from French Ligue 1 side, Rennes to Chelsea for £22 million in 2020.

His consistency has made it difficult for Kepa Arrizabalaga to get regular playing time at Stamford Bridge. Mendy helped the club to finish fourth in the Premier League and to win last season’s UEFA Champions League title.

Chelsea give an update on N’Golo Kante’s injury

Chelsea suffered homophobic abuse at Anfield, Liverpool frowned against it

The coach of Chelsea, Thomas Tuchel was forced to substitute N’Golo Kante ahead of the second half in the Premier League game between Liverpool and Chelsea on Saturday.

He suffered a knee injury when Liverpool’s forward Sadio Mane felled on his kneel in the first half of the Premier League game.

“He is injured, he had to go out,” coach Thomas Tuchel said. “He missed the Arsenal game because of pain in his ankle and a little bit of inflammation

“[It’s] nothing serious because he was back in training and, as you could see, he started today. In winning the ball in this situation, the opponent fell on his ankle, [and] twisted it again.

“He immediately had the same pain as before the Arsenal game when he missed it. He was lacking the force to accelerate and we had to take him off.

“Can there be any harder challenges than going one man down, taking off N’Golo Kante at halftime, and having Liverpool play towards the Kop? But we did excellently and we are super happy with what we did. We deserved the point.”