AT HALF: Keita, TAA beauties lead 4-goal first half of Liverpool – Chelsea

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A sleepy start to Wednesday’s Premier League match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield was snapped into life in the 23rd minute and hasn’t looked back.

Liverpool has goals from Naby Keita, Trent Alexander-Arnold, and Georginio Wijnaldum in a 3-1 lead over the Blues. Olivier Giroud scored in stoppage time to give desperate Chelsea some hope.


The Reds went ahead with the first proper bid of the game and the wait was worth it, Keita latching onto a Willian turnover and smashing off the bottom of the bar and into the goal from 20 yards.

The 25-year-old Guinean international scored his fourth Premier League and seventh Liverpool goal with a bar down beauty at Anfield.

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Much like Liverpool teammate Georginio Wijnaldum, he’s an offensively-gifted player who’s asked to do less of it the Reds’ midfield. Keita scored 17 goals with 15 assists in his two seasons with RB Leipzig.

But he’s got this in his locker and he’s certainly reminded anyone who’s forgotten.

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As for the second goal, oh sweet shades of David Beckham.

Alexander-Arnold continued his free kick artistry to double Liverpool’s lead before the break.

The young right back curled a — my goodness make sure you see the behind the wall angle — marvelous free kick into the upper 90.

Whether it should’ve been a free kick is another question altogether. It wouldn’t have been 10 years ago, let alone 20 or 30, as Mateo Kovacic made a splendid sliding intervention and caught Mane with his follow-through.

Wijnaldum would make it 3-0 before halftime before Giroud slid in a rebound after Alisson Becker stopped Willian’s close-range hit.