Spanish striker leaves Liverpool reeling after powering unbeaten Chelsea to 2-1 win, Manchester United win 1-0
Liverpool: Diego Costa continued his remarkable start to life in the Premier League by earning unbeaten leaders Chelsea a 2-1 victory over Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday.
Chelsea's Diego Costa with a ripped shirt during their EPL match against Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday. Pic/GEtty Images
The Brazil-born Spain striker claimed his 10th goal of the campaign on 67 minutes by lashing home in lethal fashion after goalkeeper Simon Mignolet had turned a cross from Cesar Azpilicueta into his path.
The goal completed Chelsea's fight back after Gary Cahill had cancelled out a ninth-minute goal by Emre Can and strengthened Jose Mourinho's side's grip on first place.
Liverpool had been hoping to erase memories of the loss in last season's corresponding game that effectively cost them the league title and Can's first goal for the club gave them an ideal start.
Early lead for Reds
The former Bayer Leverkusen midfielder was allowed to advance before producing a 20-yard shot that took a wicked deflection off Cahill and wrong-footed Thibaut Courtois on its way into the net.
But on this occasion Liverpool could only hold on to the lead for five minutes. The league leaders levelled when Cesc Fabregas' corner was turned goalwards by Costa and John Terry's header forced an instant reflex save from Mignolet.
With the Liverpool defence static, Cahill pounced and despite Mignolet making a strong effort to keep the ball out, goal-line technology, relayed to referee Anthony Taylor's wristwatch, proved it had crossed the line.