EPL: Mikel missing as Chelsea suffer first defeat of the season

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John Obi Mikel was conspicuously missing as Chelsea slumped to their first defeat of the season Friday night at Stamford Bridge.

Mikel who is yet to taste competitive action under Italian Manager Antonio Conte was again not included in the match day squad for the Blues.

His compatriot, Victor Moses, was given a cameo appearance; coming in for Willian in the 83rd minute.

Chelsea were beaten 2-1 by Liverpool who have climbed level on points with them in fourth place in the Premier League table.

The Blues, who could have gone top with a win were largely a shadow of their usual selves but did give themselves hope when Diego Costa pulled one back on the hour after a sloppy start saw them fall two behind.

First-half strikes from Dejan Lovren and Jordan Henderson, the latter a real contender for Goal of the Season, proved to be enough for Liverpool to claim all three points; ending Antonio Conte’s unbeaten run in the process for a below-par Chelsea.

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