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Philippe Coutinho the hero for Liverpool in win at Chelsea

Jurgen Klopp's first league win arrived in some style, as Liverpool increased the pressure on Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho by coming from behind to win 3-1 at Stamford Bridge.

The Reds got off to a terrible start when they fell behind to a Ramires header after just four minutes, but they showed great character to overcome that setback and completely dominate the remainder of the game. Philippe Coutinho's brace put them ahead before Christian Benteke came off the bench to put the game away.

Klopp is now unbeaten in five games since replacing Brendan Rodgers and has won his past two. His impact is being felt already as the team look much more difficult to play against than they had been previously, and confidence is clearly coming back in the players.

Player ratings (1-10; 10=best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating):

GK Simon Mignolet, 7 -- Such was Liverpool's dominance that the Belgian was rarely tested. He got a hand to Ramires' header but had little chance of keeping it out, but he did produce a fantastic stop to deny Oscar what would have been one of the goals of the season.

DF Nathaniel Clyne, 7 -- Stuck to his task defensively and overlapped with enthusiasm, especially in the first half. He was a little more conservative after the break and focused on his defensive duties to good effect.

DF Martin Skrtel, 8 -- Won his battle with Diego Costa hands down. Won his headers, made timely tackles and blocks and was cool in possession. Showed admirable restraint not to react when he got tangled up with Costa.

DF Mamadou Sakho, 8 -- Simply outstanding again. Nothing more to say.

DF Alberto Moreno, 6 -- Caught out badly on the Chelsea opener when he stood and watched as Ramires nipped in front of him to head past Mignolet, and perhaps that error affected the rest of his performance as he struggled in the first half. Improved considerably after the break and was close to getting on the score sheet after a trademark surging run from deep took him into the penalty area, where he was denied by Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.

MF Lucas, 7 -- Typically dogged display from the Brazilian who got through a tremendous amount of work in front of his back four. Passed the ball efficiently and even popped up in the Chelsea box on a couple of occasions but was perhaps fortunate to escape a second yellow card after bringing down Ramires in midfield.

MF James Milner, 6 -- Started the game very poorly and appeared slow and cumbersome. Improved as the game wore on but was sacrificed for Benteke as Klopp opted to keep all of his creative attacking players on the field, a decision vindicated by the result.

MF Emre Can, 7 -- Gave away some needless fouls early on, and some of his decision-making in possession left a lot to be desired, but he got through a phenomenal amount of graft closing down space and pressing in midfield. Began to show more composure as the game progressed and certainly played his part in the victory.

MF Philippe Coutinho, 9 -- He struggled to do anything right for almost the first half until out of nothing he curled in a beautiful goal with his left foot with the last kick of the half. He looked more like his old self after that and bagged his second goal with the help of a slight deflection. Hopefully this can kick-start his season.

MF Adam Lallana, 7 -- Liverpool's most threatening player in the first half, managing two shots on target. Seemed to play a little deeper in the second half but did a disciplined job pressing and making life difficult for Chelsea's players. Produced a clever dummy that led to Benteke's goal.

FW Roberto Firmino, 6 -- Chosen to play in a false nine role and made little impact in the final third, although he was tidy in possession and worked very hard before he was eventually replaced by Jordon Ibe after 76 minutes. Gets into some promising positions but so far he has been let down by poor shooting.

Substitutes:

FW Christian Benteke, 8 -- Made a huge difference from the moment he stepped onto the field for Milner in the 64th minute. Chelsea's central defenders had been having an easy time of it until then with no out-and-out striker to mark, but Benteke caused all manner of problems with his aerial power and ability to hold up play. Got the goal his performance deserved, and as long as Liverpool can keep him fit, they will be a match for anybody.

FW Jordon Ibe, NR -- After an encouraging performance against Bournemouth in midweek the teenager looks back to his best after a difficult start to the season, and he made a real impact after replacing Firmino in the 76th minute. Showed good awareness to help create Benteke's goal and appears to be completely transformed under Klopp.

DF Dejan Lovren, NR -- Sent on for Lallana in stoppage time to help shore things up for the closing seconds.