Chelsea midfielder Ramires opened the scoring against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon as he timed his run to perfection before heading past Simon Mignolet.
The Brazilian had a slice of luck as Cesar Azpilicueta’s cross took a slight deflection which guided the ball into this path, but nonetheless, the hosts will have been delighted to score an early goal and relieve some of the tension and pressure surrounding the club currently.
Jose Mourinho had noted on Friday that he “wasn’t worried” about his job, as reported by the BBC, as his side continue to languish in the bottom half of the Premier League table.
The reigning champions were in 15th place prior to kick off, having won just three games so far this season while losing half of their 10 outings.
As a result, it is unsurprising that the pressure has been building on the Portuguese tactician, but he has remained defiant throughout their troubles.
Chelsea have in fact made the worst start to a title defence in Premier League history, and they will have to improve against Jurgen Klopp’s side who enjoyed large periods of possession early on.
However, they were unable to translate that into goals which has been a problem all season for them, as they haven’t scored more than one goal in a game since the German’s arrival earlier this month.
With Christian Benteke still on the bench, the visitors may well have to consider changes, while Mourinho will want to see more from his players in order to secure the result and give them a morale boost as they plot their way up the standings.
A win for Chelsea could see them move up as high as 10th place in the table, depending on results elsewhere across the rest of the weekend.