Chelsea fight back as Reds go one up

Latest: Chelsea 0 Liverpool 1

Chelsea are fighting to regain advantage in today's clash with Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.

Liverpool went one up after Xabi Alonso's goal within the first 10 minutes.

Chelsea began the brighter of the two sides and their initial thrusts almost resulted in an opening goal.

Nicolas Anelka dribbled his way into the penalty area in the third minute but was tackled before he could test Jose Reina.

The ball fell to Deco but the Chelsea midfielder’s shot was deflected to safety.

Liverpool went ahead in the ninth minute with their first attack of the game.

Chelsea failed to deal with a throw when John Terry could only half clear Dirk Kuyt’s clever back-header.

The ball fell to Xabi Alonso on the edge of the penalty area and his shot deflected off Carvalho past Petr Cech.

Liverpool were now in commanding form and dominating the game. In the 17th minute, Albert Riera beat Bosingwa on the left flank but fired his shot into the side netting.

Chelsea, hoping to stretch their unbeaten home league sequence to 87 games, struggled to get back into the game.

Bosingwa tried to run at the Liverpool defence in the 21st minute but was chopped down crudely by Riera, who was booked by referee Howard Webb.

Seconds later Salomon Kalou headed just over the bar from another cross by Bosingwa.

Liverpool continued to look dangerous and in the 24th minute they almost increased their lead when Cech was forced to tip a glorious volley from Gerrard over the bar.

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